The Judicial Conference of the U.S. Courts recently
voted to make all transcripts of federal and bankruptcy proceedings available
online through the Judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)
The new program will make transcripts created by court reporters
or transcribers available through PACER 90 days after they’ve been filed with
the clerk’s office. The documents can then be viewed, downloaded or printed at
the standard $.08 per page rate offered through PACER. During the 90-day waiting
period, transcripts will only be available for inspection at the clerk’s office,
or for purchase from the reporter or transcriber.
online follows a decade long tradition of increasing remote electronic access to
federal case files, beginning with the implementation of the Case
Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. Until now, the only type of
court document that wasn’t yet publicly available online nationwide were
transcripts of court proceedings.
Source: Jacob Barron, NACM staff