January 17, 2022

Report: “Circuit Panel Rebuffs Judiciary on Excessive PACER Fees”

UPDATE: Additional Coverage From Bloomberg Law: Government’s PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says

From Courthouse News Service

The federal judiciary cannot fund its pick of courtroom technologies with the fees drawn in by a system that makes court records publicly available, an appellate panel ruled Thursday.

PACER, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, was created over 30 years ago to just what its name suggests, charging 10 cents per page, or $3 per item, since its last fee hike in 2012.

But that price schedule has not been without controversy. In 2016, not long after the Ninth Circuit sunk a challenge by journalists seeking an exemption, a class led by the National Veterans Legal Services Program filed suit in Washington.

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See Also: Federal Judiciary is Overcharging For Access to Public Records Online, Court Says (via Washington Post)

Note: The RECAP Archive From CourtListener Provides Free Access to Millions of PACER Documents

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.