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ABOUT NOACRI

The Northwestern Open Access to Court Records Initiative (NOACRI) is working to build a platform that will empower anyone who has a question to ask about federal court records to easily find their answer.

THE GOALS

transform the accessibility & transparency of federal courts

Currently most of the workings of the federal judiciary, whether that be how judges differ in managing cases, how plaintiffs and defendants maneuver in run-of-the-mill lawsuits, or how cases involving corporations differ from those with individuals, are hidden from the public and researchers. This isn’t because data about the workings of the court is unavailable. It’s because the data is locked behind a paywall with an interface that prevents users from assessing systematic patterns about court activity.

Our group of 16 professors, from Data Science, Computer Science, Social Science, Journalism, and the Law, is focused on building a community and equipping it with the tools it needs to understand and engage with the workings of the federal judiciary from the beginning to the end of every single case. To illuminate the full picture, we are linking court data to a significant amount of other public data about the litigants, judges, lawyers, and courts.

We currently have six working groups that are focused on exploring issues in Criminal Justice, Complex Litigation, Environmental Law and Policy, Intellectual Property, Journalism and Public Policy, and Judicial Administration.

LINKING THE LAW WITH SCIENCE

Join Us

We are looking for people and organizations who want to help shape this new platform to use federal litigation data. Whether you’re a journalist, not for profit, lawyer, researcher, company, or institute, we are interested in working with you to develop a more open and inclusive future for legal analytics.