Yu: Assessing PACER’s Access Barriers

Harlan Yu of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) has posted Assessing PACER’s Access Barriers, on the CITP blog Freedom to Tinker.

Mr. Yu’s post assesses the preliminary report of a study of PACER by the U.S. federal courts, and described in the new issue of Third Branch.

While that report indicates high user satisfaction with PACER, Mr. Yu cites evidence that the PACER user community is unnecessarily small, due to access obstacles such as fees and accepted payment methods.

Mr. Yu urges the federal courts to remove these barriers to access and to explore alternative means of administering and funding PACER, as Stephen Schultze recommended earlier this year.

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