It can be frustrating for bankruptcy debtors who want to access and copy documents filed in their own case.
Currently, the only document access is through the government PACER system. (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) You have to sign up, get a password, and then pay 10 cents/page up to $3.00 to look at any document. Document access fees add up quickly when someone is viewing multiple documents.
The Wall Street Journal blog announced a private website which promises access to public federal court documents at half the price and less hassle. It is sort of a “Pacer for the People”. Attorneys will probably continue to rely on the official Pacer site because one cannot be sure that the new site will have all documents in a court file, but laymen may find the new service acceptable when searching for one or two particular court documents.