In the E-Government Act of 2002, Congress established certain requirements for most — but not all — federal courts. Pub. L. No. 107-347, § 205, 116 Stat. 2899, 2913-15. The Act applies to the Supreme Court, the circuit courts of appeals, United States district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and bankruptcy courts. Id. Each of those courts is required to establish and maintain a website including the following information:
(1) Location and contact information for the courthouse, including the telephone numbers and contact names for the clerk’s office and justices’ or judges’ chambers.
(2) Local rules and standing or general orders of the court.
(3) Individual rules, if in existence, of each justice or judge in that court.
(4) Access to docket information for each case.
(5) Access to the substance of all written opinions issued by the court, regardless of whether such opinions are to be published in the official court reporter, in a text searchable format.
(6) Access to documents filed with the courthouse in electronic form, to the extent provided under subsection (c).
(7) Any other information (including forms in a format that can be downloaded) that the court determines useful to the public.
Id. I suggest that Congress amend the E-Government Act of 2002 to insert after the words, “the Court of Federal Claims,” the words, “the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and each of the Courts of Criminal Appeals established pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 866.” In practice, this would likely spur the military appellate system (and possibly the military trial level as well as the appellate level) to become part of the Administrative Office of Court’s ECF/PACER system–a move that some within the system are currently advocating and with which I wholeheartedly agree.