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Calif. High Court to Stream Sessions Online

“The California Supreme Court will stream oral arguments online beginning in May, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told state legislators on Tuesday. Cantil-Sakauye made the revelation during her fifth “state of the judiciary” address to a joint session of the Legislature, at which she touted a branch “made leaner by the greatest recession of California’s history.” She added, “We endured, and we’ve changed for the better.” (via CNS)

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Idaho Attorney General Makes Catalogue of Opinions, Annual Reports Available to the Public

“Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is making 125 years-worth of legal opinions, guidelines, letters and annual reports available to the public. Since 1891, as required by statute, the Attorney General has published a collection of opinions, advisory letters, lists of cases submitted to state and federal courts and summaries of the year’s business. In the past, these reports were housed in the office of the Attorney General, law libraries or the Idaho Historical Society. But as of today, the collection can be found on the Attorney General’s website.” (via Idaho Attorney General)

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Class Claims PACER Overcharges for Records

“PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system used by federal courts, systematically overcharges for access to court records, users claim in a federal class action. Bryndon Fisher sued the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts and its director James C. Duff on Tuesday, alleging breach of contract and illegal exaction.” (via Courthouse News Service)

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Court Libraries Adapt to Deep Cuts, Changing Technology

“Court libraries and librarians in all 12 regional circuits are playing a leading role in two of the federal Judiciary’s most critical management initiatives: reducing building space and containing personnel and other costs. Funding for library spaces, subscription and purchase budgets, and staff positions all have faced sharp cuts. The changes have been driven by new information technologies, which have reduced the need for books and enabled judges and law clerks to do more online research.” (via US Courts)

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Access to Nebraska Court Opinions Expands

“Free online access to the official published judicial opinions of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals will be available to the public beginning January 1, 2016. Text-searchable opinions dating back to 1871 will be available for the Nebraska Supreme Court. The full collection of opinions of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, beginning with its establishment in 1992, will also be offered. Previously, appellate court opinions were printed or were available online through various for-profit subscription services.” (via Nebraska Judicial Branch)

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