The PACER Problem

The PACER system is supposed to provide better digital access to US federal court filings. But it is not working very well. The bottom line?

The bottom line is that fixing PACER is not a technological challenge, but a political one, and technology has yet to solve the problem of getting the politically powerful to focus on the right things at the same time.

The political challenge has to do with who is actually accountable for making our court systems more responsive to public needs. And let’s face it, a lot could be done to improve that responsiveness.

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