Federal Courts Posts

Divided Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination: (“The Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court’s 114th justice on Saturday by one of the narrowest margins in the institution’s history, as police stood guard and protesters’ shouts of ‘shame, shame’ echoed through the Senate chamber. * * * The 50-to-48 vote capped off a brutal confirmation fight that underscored how deeply polarized the nation has become under President Trump, who has now successfully placed two justices on the nation’s highest court, cementing a conservative majority.”)

Congress Proposes No Charge for Court Records

Proposed Legislation Would Eliminate PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) Fees: (“A new bill before the U.S House of Representatives would prohibit the federal courts from charging for public documents.  The Electronic Court Records Reform Actwould require that documents downloaded from the PACER database be free. Currently, the repository for federal court documents charges up to 10 cents a page.”)