On March 15, the Judicial Conference of the United States convened. The Committee on Court Administration and Case Management endorsed making searches free for non-commercial users in any future, modernized system. The Judiciary has previously raised concerns about the FREE PACER Bill, which would fund a re-vamp of PACER, saying it could stifle the judiciary’s own efforts to modernize the system. The Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said PACER is “outdated” and the judiciary is “fully committed” to modernizing the service. By eliminating fees and modernizing the service, more citizens will be able to access public records, increasing transparency in the judicial system. Read more.
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