Older Records No Longer Accessible on PACER

, Legal Times


The federal judiciary this month removed years of court records from its online archives, including cases from the Second Circuit, drawing concern from attorneys, journalists, researchers and open-record advocates who rely on remote access to files.

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    Totally concur with Anonymous. Comments are rare to find here, but this move raises concerns about where our priorities are. One less marble column at the courthouse would have paid for this ten times over in perpetuity.

  • The trend to deny access to the courts continues. Now it‘s court records. They‘re already electronically filed, so why charge $30 to click a docket number? It‘s an unconscionable charge and stating that one can go to court to read a file (and then pay a ridiculous per page photocopy charge) is stupid. The court probably would strike that time from any fee request. This affects only the poor and those who represent them. The easiest thing would be to have two Pacers: before and after 2010. Both are electronic and the pre-2010 Pacer would require no staffing - it‘s complete. But, that won‘t get the courts an unearned $30 - for an entire and perhaps unneeded file. Phooey.

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