Proposed Bill Would Eliminate PACER Fees, by Joshua Tashea, ABA Journal Blog
States have already made the leap to provide free access to cases on their judges’ dockets. You can read all documents filed by the parties and the assigned judge, the date of any hearing or trial date and their outcome, and access every document (for the most part) filed with the all state courts. Not so with the federal district, appellate, or bankruptcy courts. Your only access is through PACER, a completely different system.
The proposed Electronic Court Records Reform Act is long overdue and removes the fee to access these documents. -CCE