Reposted from the Government Relations Office’s (GRO) Washington E-Bulletin:
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) has announced it will restore access to all cases that were removed from PACER in August. Records from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits will be available on PACER by the end of October. The AOUSC is still developing a solution to restore access to records from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
AALL thanks Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), whose letter to U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, the director of the Administrative Office, prompted the AOUSC’s response. We appreciate the efforts of Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), John Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Jason Chaffetz (D-Utah), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who wrote to Judge Bates for more information and requested that the AOUSC conduct a public comment period on the NextGen PACER system. AALL will continue to work with the AOUSC and members of Congress to ensure permanent public access to and preservation of court records.