posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 09:57 AM
Up till now, if you wanted access to Federal Court Documents, you had to go through PACER
and pay $26.00 +
.50/page fee for each document you wanted.
Now, there is a free alternative, but it isn't brought to you by the Federal Government, but offered by a private foundation
started by Prinecton's Center for IT Policy.
They have developed a free Firefox Extension called RECAP the law
which allows users to automatically upload
the documents they previously download from PACER into a public archive hosted by the Internet Archive. It also saves users money by automatically
notifying them if a document they're searching for is available for free from the public archive.
Of course, they do not have every Federal Court Document that PACER has, but over time, they will have built a comprehensive, free repository of
Federal Court records that's available to everyone. They already have over 1 million Federal Court records in their database available for free.
This isn't just a homegrown plan either. They already have the support of JUSTIA
and are incorporating the Federal Court Documents already archived by the
"Where the people are sovereign, government must always be accountable to citizens - and one important way to insure that remains so is by making
government records available to the public. RECAP promises to make court records accessible to the public, helping to further guarantee the
sovereignty of the people over our trusted servants in the government." -- Christopher Farrell, Director of Investigations & Research, Judicial
[edit on 14-8-2009 by fraterormus]