TPW 43: Public Access to Court Records

by on March 6, 2009 · 13 comments

Conversations about how the Internet can be used to increase the openness and accountability of government usually focuses on the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.  But on this week’s episode of Technology Policy Weekly, I hosted a discussion of the equally vital issue of public access to court records, joined by:

We discussed a wide range of issues, including:

  • Why lay people should care—this is ultimately about reducing the legal profession’s monopoly over access to the courts!
  • The philosophical reasons why better access to court records is important – little things like democracy, fairness, consistency, equality, the rule of law, etc.
  • The copyrightability of legal records
  • The history of the problem & what can be done about it

There are several ways to listen to the TLF Podcast. You can press play on the player below to listen right now, or download the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to the podcast by clicking on the button for your preferred service. And do us a favor, Digg this podcast!

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  • DS Dan

    An irony is that your valuable discussions, in their audio form, are as lost to automated search and analysis as are the government data you critique.

  • Matthew

    Does anyone at The Technology Liberation Front see any problem with distributing these audio broadcasts in Mpeg and Flash file formats? These formats require patent restricted software in order to extract the information. I find it odd that a discussion on the “vital issue of public access” is only accessible through a software and patent license agreement. Surely you would not consider a patent encumbered electronic format for your essays? Perhaps I missing something here in the rationale, but I also wanted to alert you that I am unable to play these file formats, because the playback software is not included with my operating system.

  • http://www.juscogens.org Elias Davidsson

    Is there any essay or book presenting the philosophical and/or human-rights aspects of public access to court records?

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    Pacer docket are free here http://www.freecourtdockets.com

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