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Supreme Court to Place Filings Online As Soon As 2016

In his 2014 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, Chief Justice Roberts revealed that the Supreme Court is currently in the process of creating its own electronic filing system, which may be available as soon as next year.  The system will provide the public with free access to Supreme Court filings.  Some of you may know that other federal courts use the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system, which provides the public with access to court filings through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website.  However, Supreme Court filings such as petitions, briefs, and motions are not available through PACER, and while the Supreme Court’s website currently provides access to items such as recent dockets and orders, it does not provide access to all case filings.  This is a much-needed free resource and I look forward to using the new system!


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