PACER Fee Increase April 1, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On September 2011, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an
increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to
increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access
system. The increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from $.08 to
$.10 per page, will take effect on April 1, 2012. The change is needed to
continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records
(PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the
Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.

The EPA fee has not been increased since 2005. As mandated by Congress, the EPA
program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Conference.

The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other
public entities and on public users accessing the system to obtain information
on a particular case. For this reason, local, state, and federal government
agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years. Moreover, PACER
users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle
would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption is $10 per quarter.) The
expanded exemption means that 75 to 80 percent of all users will still pay no
fees.