House Bill 8235
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Open Courts Act of 2020
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Passed House on Dec 8, 2020
Overview
Text
Introduced
Sep 14, 2020
Latest Action
Dec 9, 2020
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
8235
Congress
116
Policy Area
Law
Law
Primary focus of measure is matters affecting civil actions and administrative remedies, courts and judicial administration, general constitutional issues, dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Measures concerning specific constitutional amendments may fall under the policy area relevant to the subject matter of the amendment (e.g., Education). Measures concerning criminal procedure and law enforcement may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Georgia
House Votes (1)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
December 8, 2020
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
Summary

Open Courts Act of 2020

This bill requires the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to establish a single electronic system for all public court records that is publicly accessible for free. Under the existing Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, users are charged fees for accessing court documents.

To fund the development of the new consolidated system, the Judicial Conference must temporarily establish a schedule of additional fees for persons that are higher-volume users of PACER.

To fund the operations of the new system, the Judicial Conference shall collect an annual fee from the Department of Justice based on the amount of PACER fees paid by the department in 2018. The Judicial Conference may also establish reasonable filing fees based on specified factors, including the extent of a person's use and the interests of justice.

Text (3)
December 9, 2020
December 8, 2020
September 14, 2020
Actions (10)
12/09/2020
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
12/08/2020
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/08/2020
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H7015-7018)
12/08/2020
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
12/08/2020
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 8235.
12/08/2020
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7015-7021)
12/08/2020
Mr. Johnson (GA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
09/15/2020
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
09/14/2020
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
09/14/2020
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Sep 15, 2020 7:12:10 AM
Record Updated
Feb 2, 2022 5:45:37 AM