Bloomberg Law
Sept. 17, 2019, 6:45 PM

Judiciary Doubles Fee Waiver for PACER Access to Court Records

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

The judiciary has approved an increase in the quarterly fee waiver for its PACER electronic records system from $15 to $30.

PACER has come under fire in recent years, with critics saying it erects a paywall on access to public court records.

It’s the subject of an ongoing litigation and there is legislation pending in Congress to eliminate fees.

The change is “an effort, obviously, to increase the number of people who can use PACER free and to limit the charges to the big bulk users, which in general have been financial institutions and other corporate entities,” said Merrick Garland, ...

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