Two federal courts began posting audio recordings of courtroom proceedings online earlier this month and three others will soon follow suit, according to an announcement from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Audio recordings of proceedings in the U.S. District Court in Nebraska and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina are now available through PACER at a cost of 16 cents — eight cents for accessing the docket sheet and another eight cents for selecting the audio file. Three other courts scheduled to join this pilot project are the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and bankruptcy courts in Maine and Alabama’s Northern District. (More on the project from The Third Branch.)

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