Federal courts resist transparency, but the Free Law Project fights back


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/21/federal-courts-resist-transpar.html

In the age of Internet, discussions about the federal government and its functions are informed by and rely on our unprecedented access to federal documents. Anyone can freely view public records online, such as proposed Congressional legislation and presidential executive orders. Accessing public court documents, however, is a bit trickier. As Katherine Mangu-Ward wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “no aspect of government remains more locked down than the secretive, hierarchical judicial branch.”


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This is another instance of federal documents that ought to be free and available as they relate directly to our ability to understand and obey the law, not hiding behind a paywall. See also: building and other codes


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