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The cost of electronic access to US court filings is facing a major legal test of its own

Released 10/14/16 at Quartz | Tags: Class Actions

The 10 cents a page that most people are charged to view documents in Pacer, an online database of papers filed by litigants in the US federal courts, doesn’t sound like much. But critics of the setup say this cost is just the beginning. Pacer, which stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, is a clunky system that doesn’t allow users to search for court papers by their content or look up filings across the web of district, bankruptcy, and circuit courts that make up the federal judiciary. And there’s little that outside developers can do about it.

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