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H.R. 6714: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

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


Introduced on Sep 6, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 6, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Sep 6, 2018

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H.R. 6714 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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