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Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) might soon be free for most users.

A United States Senate Bill that would remove the cost of PACER document access for small users passed the US Senate Judicial Committee Dec. 9.

The Open Courts Act of 2021 would place the cost of running PACER on accounts who accrue more than $25,000 in fees every quarter, and on federal agencies at the rate of the fees paid by those agencies in 2018, adjusted for inflation.

“Big firms have no problem, but these fees may be too expensive for individuals, small businesses, small law firms

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