Changes to PACER and FDsys

March 17, 2010 at 9:15 am | Posted in Legal Research 101 | Leave a comment

According to the Judicial Conference of the US, the following changes were approved to PACER:

� Allow courts, at the discretion of the presiding judge, to make digital audio recordings of court hearings available online to the public through PACER, for $2.40 per audio file.

� Adjust the Electronic Public Access fee schedule so that users are not billed unless they accrue charges of more than $10 of PACER usage in a quarterly billing cycle, in effect quadrupling the amount of data available without charge. Currently, users are not billed until their accounts total at least $10 in a one-year period.

� Approve a pilot in up to 12 courts to publish federal district and bankruptcy court opinions via the Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) so members of the public can more easily search across opinions and across courts.

Thanks to Legal Research Plus and the Law Librarian blog.

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