Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Joe Mullin - US Courts Trash a Decade's Worth of Online Documents, Shrug it Off!

Wow! Mr. Joe Mullin reports in US Courts Trash a Decade's Worth of Online Documents that the US Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) removed online access to nearly a decade's worth of electronic documents from four US appeals courts, including the Federal Circuit.

Why the removal given the low cost of data storage and the Internet bandwidth? We are told it's due to an upgrade to Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). Mr. Mullin notes that AOC refused to comment when asked why it gave no warning about the removal of the online access on August 10. So the public gets to travel to the courthouse or pay 7 - 10 cents per page thanks to AOC and PACER? Surely, you must be kidding, Mr. Mullin!

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