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Federal Courts Saving History While Saving Money

May 16, 2011

The federal judiciary is working with the National Archives and Records Administration to slim down the costs of storing court records, a move that will save $35 million over the next 15 years.

Millions of paper court records are being reviewed by the judiciary and the NARA, the agency charged with storing the government’s records. At the same time, the policy-making Judicial Conference is asking judges throughout the country to do their part to make sure historically significant case documents among these files are retained.

The fee charged to the judiciary last year for storage of old case files was $6.2 million.

Find more about this ongoing project in The Third Branch.