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H.R. 6714 (115th): Electronic Court Records Reform Act of 2018

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Most federal judicial records currently cost money. Should that be eliminated?


Since 2001, federal courts have posted information publicly on the central website PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).

However, the documents cost 10 cents per page. That may sound cheap, but some of these files can run hundreds or even thousands of pages, especially if you need multiple documents. In theory there’s supposed to be a cap of $3 per document, but there are several exceptions to this cap such as for transcripts.

In 2016, PACER took in about $150 million in revenue, for a website which costs far less than that to operate and for which fees are supposed to be cost-recovery only. (The website is mostly just a collection of PDF’s.)

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Doug Collins

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 9th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Sep 6, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 6, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


2 Cosponsors (1 Republican, 1 Democrat)



Sep 6, 2018

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H.R. 6714 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6714. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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