Pick Up the Pace: Some Secret Sauce While You Wait to Join the PACER Class Action

If you use the PACER system regularly to access (and pay for) federal court records, you probably hate it.  It’s clunky.  It’s expensive.

And, it may soon become a relic, as pressure mounts to make PACER documents accessible via an open (read: free — or, at least, less expensive) system.

But, while you wait for that to happen, you can try to get in on the PACER class action lawsuit that is about to commence in federal court.

Of course, if you find the correction of cultural lag, and the machinations of the court system, too slow for your purposes, there are a couple of things you can do right now, to improve your PACER experience.

RECAP is a program developed and updated by Princeton University and the Free Law Project.  RECAP is a Chrome and Firefox extension that allows users to access PACER documents that have been downloaded and shared to a free repository by fellow RECAP users.  Long story short: RECAP allows you to access PACER documents for free.  It’s PACER spelled backward.  See what they did there.

DocketBird allows you to better manage your PACER documents.  DocketBird is a free program, with enterprise options available.

If you won’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.

Now, that was a Pacer.

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Liner Notes

Pick Up the Pace’ by Young MC

Let ‘em know.

I always say: there’s a late 80s rap song for every situation.