AALL Applauds Chief Justice Roberts for Support of PACER Pilot Program

AALL President Ann T. Fessenden recently wrote a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, thanking him for his leadership in establishing a joint pilot project to provide free public access to federal court records at selected depository libraries. The joint project between the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) and the Government Printing Office (GPO) provides free public access to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, which allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts online. The new pilot project will allow users to avoid the usual fees for access to the federal court records by using PACER at sixteen depository libraries, including ten law libraries in fourteen states.

In 2006, the AALL Executive Board endorsed a “Resolution on No-Fee FDLP Access to PACER” which requested that the Government Printing Office work with the AOUSC to allow users of federal depository libraries to access PACER at no-fee. AALL has long supported the Federal Depository Library Program and access to government information and we applaud Chief Justice Robert for his leadership on the joint project.

The federal depository libraries participating in the pilot are:

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Library, IL
Alaska State Court Law Library, AK
Fordham Law School, NY
Lee College, TX
New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, NM
Northern Kentucky University, KY
Nova Southeastern University Law Library, FL
Portland Public Library, ME
Rogers State University, OK
Rutgers Law Library, NJ
Sacramento County Public Law Library, CA
San Bernadino County Law Library, CA
State Library of Ohio, OH
University of Michigan School of Law, MI
University of Tennessee College of Law, TN
Wayne State University, MI

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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