If that cumbersome search mechanism and those pesky per-page fees really rankle your day, here’s an opportunity to put in your 2 cents about the federal court’s electronic access system, PACER.
The federal judiciary is seeking members for the new Electronic Public Access (EPA) Public User Group, which is being formed to provide advice and feedback on the court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. Up to 12 individuals will be selected from the legal sector, media, academia, government agencies, the public and other entities that use PACER to serve for two years on the group.
Interested parties can find additional information and apply for membership by clicking here. Applications are due July 26.
The goal is for the new public user group to exchange information about issues experienced by users and make recommendations for expanding and improving services, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Members will be selected based on their user type and their experience accessing the electronic records system, how often they use PACER, and their account being in good standing. Also, they should have a commitment to collecting additional input from their peers.
A panel established by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will select the members. The EPA Public User Group will hold its first meeting later this year. Meeting agendas, minutes and other information will be available online
In operation for more than 30 years, PACER has about 3 million user accounts and provides access to more than 1 billion documents housed at more than 200 federal courts across the country. As mandated by Congress, the system is financed by user fees of 10 cents per search or accessed page.