At its session in September 2011, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a recommendation of its Committee on Court Administration and Case Management that would amend the miscellaneous fee schedules for the courts of appeals, district courts, bankruptcy courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The amendments increase certain fees for inflation and are effective on November 1, 2011.
Click here for the list of fee increases for federal courts.
Additionally, the Judicial Conference authorized an increase in the Judiciary’s electronic public access (EPA) fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the EPA system. The increase in the EPA fee, from $0.08 to $0.10 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 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 courts estimate that the expanded exemption still means that 75%-80% of all users will pay no fees.
Click here for more information about the EPA fee increase.