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Arthur Neef Law Library Participates in Pilot Project to Allow Free Access to Federal Court Records

January 7th, 2008

In a joint pilot project of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Government Printing Office, the Arthur Neef Law Library is one of 16 libraries in 14 states to allow free access to federal court records.
The project offers free access to the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. PACER allows users to obtain case file documents, listings of all case parties, judgments and other information from district, bankruptcy and appellate courts online, with the data immediately available for printing or downloading.

PACER normally carries an eight-cents-per-page fee that is used to fund the system’s costs. That fee will be waived for all users, even those who already have PACER accounts, when the system is accessed from the 16 libraries.
The project, which will last up to two years, is part of the judiciary’s continuing effort to expand public access to court records by discovering if a segment of the public desires access to information contained in the PACER system but is unlikely to go to a courthouse or become a PACER user.

For more information or any questions, please contact the Arthur Neef Law Library Reference 313-577-6180.