113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. _____


    To provide the public with open access to electronic federal court records.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2013 (v 1.1)

    _____ introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on _____ .


A BILL

    To provide the public with open access to electronic federal court records.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Open Public Access to Court Electronic Records Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Open access to electronic federal court records..

(a) Repeal of court fees for electronic access to information.—Section 303 of the Judiciary Appropriations Act, 1992, as amended (28 U.S.C. 1913 note) is hereby repealed.

(b) Requirement for open access to electronic information.—Subsection (a) of Section 205 of Public Law 107-347, as amended (44 USC 3501 note) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(8) The federal courts shall charge no fee for public access to information or documents described in this subsection, or for any services provided by the court for searching or indexing such information or documents.”.

(c) Time requirements.—The courts shall comply with subsection (b) not later than the first day of the fiscal year immediately following the enactment of this Act.


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