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The Politics of Research Access to Federal Court Data


Lynn M. LoPucki


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law


Texas Law Review, Vol. 81, November 2002

Abstract:     
This 11-page paper argues that the problems of empirical researchers in accessing federal court data are principally political, not technological or economic. The technological advances of the past twenty years - computerization of court records and internet access through PACER - have been offset almost entirely by political restrictions on data access. Additional restrictions, ostensibly to protect privacy, now threaten to reduce access further. The data access problem discourages research that might produce results critical of the judges or the functioning of the legal process. The problem thus restricts public access to critical evidence of the courts' failures and limits public understanding of how the courts actually function.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

JEL Classification: K41, K10, K00

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Date posted: March 4, 2002  

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LoPucki, Lynn M., The Politics of Research Access to Federal Court Data. Texas Law Review, Vol. 81, November 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=302039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.302039

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Lynn M. LoPucki (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
(310) 794-5722 (Phone)
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