Thursday, September 15, 2011

PACER Fees Increase on Nov. 1

The U.S. Courts announced this week that PACER fees will increase as of November 1, 2011.  See the press release here.

“The Conference also authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system. The increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from $.08 to $.10 per page, is needed to continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.”

Although the increase is only two cents per page, for some researchers it will be a significant increase.  The Legal Research Plus (Stanford) blog has posted a survey to measure whether the PACER fee increase will change research habits.  You can access the post and survey here.

I agree with blogger Erika Wayne’s suggestion that you may want to explore RECAP and make the resource known to your students and researchers.  RECAP is a Firefox extension that works with PACER and helps researchers identify when free documents are available.


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