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Rule VII. Files and Exhibits

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   A. No person except the Judge or the Clerk shall take from the courthouse or out of the office or possession of the Clerk, any records, papers, or legal files of the Court pertaining to the causes therein, except by permission of the Clerk upon such conditions as the Clerk may impose. Any legal file so removed shall be returned to the Clerk within two (2) days, unless sooner requested by the Clerk, and at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of any trial or hearing in connection with said case.
   B. Copies of all exhibits received into evidence shall be placed in the social file corresponding to the respective case involving the child or children. Only those counsel appointed or appearing on behalf of the parties may have access to said social file. All others, except for the Juvenile Probation Office (District 5), the Nebraska Department of Social Services, the Sarpy County Attorney, and the Nebraska Foster Care Review Board shall not have access to the social file or exhibits without permission of the Court. Those exhibits in the custody of the court reporter may be open for inspection by counsel appointed or appearing on behalf of the parties upon a reasonable request of the court reporter. All others may not have access to said exhibits without permission of the Court. All Court hearings are open to the public as provided by law; however, the Court may close the hearing, or a portion thereof, pursuant to law and Nebraska Supreme Court rules.
   C. Pursuant to L.B. 719 (1993), the Court hereby authorizes the release of information for the exclusive use of Investigation Teams and Treatment Teams initiated by the Sarpy County Attorney pursuant to L.B. 1184 (1992) and Task Forces under the auspices of the Sarpy County S.A.F.E. Policy. Any other use of confidential information shall be strictly prohibited unless written authorization is granted by the Court.
Adopted March 31, 1995.

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