Law librarians lead nationwide campaign for no-fee public access to PACER
March 09, 2009 at 12:01 PM
The American Association of Law Libraries, the professional organization for law librarians, is leading a nationwide campaign for a no-fee, public access, PACER system. PACER is the document hosting network for the Federal Courts. The service charges users $.08 per page to retrieve documents. In 2002, the E-Government Act was passed which permits the GPO (Government Printing Office) and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to begin pilot programs which enable the public to access court documents at no charge. Currently, Senator Joseph Lieberman is investigating why the costs for PACER have gone up since 2002 -- creating a $150 million surplus for the Judiciary Information Technology Fund.