Fed. Judiciary Asks Lawmakers To Pause 'Free PACER' Bills

By Andrew Strickler (January 14, 2022, 3:07 PM EST) -- Federal court leaders have urged lawmakers to shelve bills moving through Congress that would give the public free access to federal court filings, arguing they could prove "budgetarily infeasible" and undercut the judiciary's ongoing effort to modernize the online system.

In a Tuesday letter to the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. District Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf said that, if passed, the Open Courts Act would bring major changes to a "backbone system" of court funding and called for further discussions before lawmakers take further action.

If passed in its current form, the law "would not only put at serious risk litigants' access...

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