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Tear Down That (Pay) Wall: Fee for Court Records Sparks Outcry

Feb 05, 2019 - The New York Times

WASHINGTON -- The federal judiciary has built an imposing pay wall around its court filings, charging a preposterous 10 cents a page for electronic access to what are meant to be public records. A pending lawsuit could help tear that wall down.

The costs of storing and transmitting data have plunged, approaching zero. By one estimate, the actual cost of retrieving court documents, including secure storage, is about one half of one ten-thousandth of a penny per page. But the federal judicia...