On Jan. 25, Fix the Court joined with a dozen of media and transparency groups in writing a letter to then-Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Jim Duff asking the courts ensure all proceedings related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol be livestreamed and that all PACER fees stemming from the cases be waived.
On Feb. 8, the new AO Director, Judge Roz Mauskopf, responded, saying she’ll “ask [her] staff to ensure that adequate technical support is provided to courts handling the Capitol attack cases,” though not sanctioning livestreaming, citing judiciary rules, and not agreeing to waive PACER fees.
Currently, many of the insurrection-related hearings have call-in numbers but not a web-based livestream.
Mauskopf added that she “does not have authority to grant [PACER fee] waivers,” though she does sit as secretary to the body that does, the Judicial Conference of the U.S.
In any event, you can read the full contents of her response, which we hope marks a new chapter of positive interactions with the U.S. Courts, at this link.