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H.R. 6714 - Electronic Court Records Reform Act of 2018

Sponsor: Doug Collins (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-06
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6714


    To direct the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to consolidate the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 6, 2018

    Mr. Collins of Georgia introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

    To direct the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to consolidate the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system, and for other purposes.

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 “Electronic Court Records Reform Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Consolidation of the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system.

(a) In general.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall consolidate the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system, and shall develop one system for all filings with courts of the United States, which shall be administered by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

(b) Use of technology.—In developing the system under subsection (a), the Director shall use modern technology in order—

(1) to improve security, data accessibility, affordability, and performance; and

(2) to minimize the burden on pro se litigants.

(c) Availability to States.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—A State may choose to participate in the system developed under this section.

(2) FEE.—The Director shall charge a fee to a State that chooses to participate in the system, which is set at a level to recover the cost of providing the services associated with the administration and maintenance of the system to the State.

SEC. 3. Public Access to Court Electronic Records system requirements.

(a) In general.—The Public Access to Court Electronic Records system shall be subject to the following requirements:

(1) As soon as practicable, and not later than 5 days, after a document is filed with a court, the document shall be publicly accessible, except as ordered by a court or the Director.

(2) All documents on the system shall be available to the public and to parties before the court free of charge.

(3) Any information that is prohibited from public disclosure by law or court order shall be redacted.

(4) All documents shall be text-searchable and machine-readable.

(5) To the extent practicable, external websites shall be able to link to documents on the system.

(6) The system shall include digital audio and visual files of court recordings, when such files are available.

(7) The system shall provide search functions for public use.

(b) Minimizing the burden on pro se litigants.—In developing the system to comply with the requirements under subsection (a), the Director shall, to the extent practicable, not impose a disproportionate impact on pro se litigants.

(c) Use of technology.—In developing the system under subsection (a), the Director shall use modern technology in order—

(1) to improve security, data accessibility, affordability, and performance; and

(2) to minimize the burden on pro se litigants.

(d) Authority To exempt certain documents.—The Director may identify categories of documents which are not made publicly accessible under subsection (a)(1), and categories of court proceedings, the recordings of which are not made available under subsection (a)(6).


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