AALL President Jean Wenger recently sent a letter to the Judicial Conference, applauding the expansion of the program to provide public access to authenticated lower Federal court opinions through FDsys, noted here last month. Addressed to Chief Justice Roberts, the letter expresses thanks to the Judicial Conference for this important step in expanding permanent public access to official, authentic information from the judicial branch. Jean writes:
Although I am writing to you as President of AALL, as a county law librarian I am also very pleased by this change in Judiciary policy. An acute need exists for this information, especially among self-represented litigants who cannot afford access to proprietary legal databases. We hope this database will eventually contain all opinions released by the courts, both published and unpublished, as such availability will help promote access to justice for all citizens.
The USCOURTS pilot collection in FDsys currently contains authenticated published opinions from 29 selected courts that users can browse, search and download.