Supreme Court will make fil­ings avail­able on­line

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT -

Surely but slowly, the Supreme Court is en­ter­ing the 21st cen­tury. The court is mak­ing new le­gal fil­ings avail­able on­line start­ing Mon­day, years be­hind the rest of the fed­eral court sys­tem.

Can livestreamed au­dio of ar­gu­ments and even tele­vised ses­sions be far be­hind? Yes, they can.

But ad­vo­cates of court open­ness will take what they can get for now, es­pe­cially be­cause the Supreme Court will not charge for doc­u­ments. The fed­eral courts’ PACER sys­tem does charge fees.

“Though the Supreme Court has moved glacially to join the rest of the ju­di­ciary in per­mit­ting on­line fil­ing, that’s bet­ter than not at all, and the in­sti­tu­tion should be com­mended for cre­at­ing an e-fil­ing sys­tem that, un­like PACER, will be free and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic,” said Gabe Roth, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fix the Court.

Over the years, the jus­tices have at times shown a glanc­ing fa­mil­iar­ity with tech­nol­ogy. Some carry com­puter tablets with high court briefs loaded on them. But notes be­tween jus­tices are rou­tinely sent on pa­per, def­i­nitely not by email.

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