Limited Discovery Available Online

The Court is not requiring posting of the discovery documents that would normally be available to the public through PACER.  I do not know if this is a direct reaction to my posting of the court documents on this website, since each Court is free to adopt its own policies and procedures.  If it is to prevent discovery information from being made available to the public, I am truly disappointed; none of the parties has made any showing (at least through documents in the file) that public access to such information would prejudice any party.

The discovery that isn’t available through PACER is the standard Rule 26(a) discovery.  The Court specifically ordered that this discovery be served directly to the opposing parties and to chambers.  In the Federal Courts that I have experience with, such disclosures are normally filed and served through the ECF/PACER system.  The order is as follows:

PRE-SCHEDULING ORDER:Within 30 days from the date of this order, the plaintiff shall e-mail to chambers and serve on all parties the information required by Rule 26(a)(1)…

Interrogatories, Requests for Production of Documents, and Requests for Admissions are not typically filed through ECF/PACER, though notices that same have been sered usually are. 

Nevertheless, I do have some documents for your perusal.