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4.8 Stars out of 5
- by Grant, 10 months agoRated 5 out of 5RECAP is a wonderful extension for use with PACER.
PACER is the system the United States uses to provide electronic access to its federal court records. The problem is that PACER is annoying to use and expensive. Thankfully RECAP and its partner site courtlistener.com are pleasant to use and free.
Every time a PACER user wants to view a court document, they must pay a fee. RECAP lets PACER users save their court documents on a public website. That way, once one RECAP user pays the price to view a court document, everyone else gets to view the document for free. In this way, RECAP is creating a free, piecemeal mirror of PACER's documents, and you can help by using RECAP.
I have taken a look at the RECAP code base. The developers have done a good job contending with the various curve-balls that PACER throws their way. If you want, you can also take a look at RECAP's code here: https://github.com/freelawproject/recap-chrome
- by firefish5000, a year agoRated 4 out of 5Recap. Because selling public information and not telling you the price until after you purchased it just sounds like fraud. Using the pacer case locator and viewing docket file list (not the files themselves, just the list of files) on pacer is a risky gamble that I would much rather not deal with when possible.
Recap largely saves me from this with the free archive, and the auto uploading of files I get off of pacer is nice when it works. Public documents should be in a public archive, and that is what recap is
- by Firefox user 13563717, 3 years agoRated 5 out of 5Love the fact that I know longer have to pay to download documents again. Or just look at the docket sheet. Ridiculous they make us pay for things that our tax dollars should be covering. Thanks for a great app.
- by rjlabs , 4 years agoRated 5 out of 5Works great in the background and does not cause trouble. When you use your private Pacer account to fetch Federal court docs it just copies them and puts them in a public archive. That's all it does. It does NOT learn your Pacer account credentials. Docs accessed with this application are then free for EVERYONE to access after that without cost. Alerts you to FREE copies before you pay for one (very handy, get it via the public archive and don't pay YET AGAIN. ) Does not violate any copyright. Federal courts should be ashamed of themselves for erecting a toll bridge to its public documents. Whats next, white wigs? If you believe in open government and transparency and believe all the "little people" should have the same access to the courts as lobbyists and white shoe law firms (and their big money clients) you should be using this application.