The PACER service provides on-line access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. It's extremely important to lawyers, researchers and students. However, in the minds of many law librarians and govt transparency activists, the system is in need of improvement.
So, our friends at the Stanford Law Library have put together a petition to improve PACER. The petition will be directed at the Administrative Office of the US Courts to improve PACER.
We encourage readers to sign the petition, comment on the ideas and share the petition with your friends and colleagues!
We ask the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to improve PACER by enhancing the authenticity, usability and availability of the system.
We the undersigned, urge the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) to make the following changes to the PACER system:
For verification and reliability, the AO should digitally sign every document put into PACER using readily available technology.
PACER needs to be much more readily accessible if it is to be usable for research, education, and the practice of law. Improved accessibility includes both lowering the costs for using PACER and enhancing the web interfaces.
Depository libraries should also have free access to PACER.
The petition is online at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/improve-PACER