National Law Journal: ‘PACER Should Be Free,’ Tech Scholar Argues in New Paper

National Law Journal: ‘PACER Should Be Free,’ Tech Scholar Argues in New Paper. “The federal judiciary’s fee-based access to its public online database, known as PACER, is not just anachronistic and counter to history but harms the structural integrity of the modern judiciary, a new research article claims. The article— ‘The Price of Ignorance: The Constitutional Cost of Fees for Access to Electronic Public Court Records’ —contends the judiciary’s fee structure makes public records ‘practically inaccessible’ for many people and inhibits constitutionally protected activities. ‘PACER should be free,’ the article, posted on Aug. 29, concludes.”