The U.S. House on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would make PACER free for the public, handing a win to transparency advocates despite the federal judiciary’s opposition to the bill.
The Open Courts Act of 2020, introduced by Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson and GOP Rep. Doug Collins, gives the judiciary four to five years to update and modernize its electronic case management and case filing systems known as CM/ECF and PACER. It’s now up to the Senate to approve the bill and President Donald Trump to sign it in order for it to become law.
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