Rule 8-4. Telephone Conference Hearings

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Rule 8-4. Telephone Conference Hearings

   A. Request for Telephone Conference Hearing:

   (1) No matter will be heard by telephone conference call unless all parties consent to such telephonically held hearing. A party who arranges for a telephone conference will be considered to have certified that such party has obtained the prior consent of all parties who are required or desire to participate in the hearing. 

    (2) Telephone conferences requested by the moving party shall be arranged prior to the filing of the motion, and the notice of hearing shall clearly state that the hearing will be held by telephone conference call. Telephone conferences requested by a party other than the moving party shall be arranged at least three (3) days prior to the hearing, and notice shall be filed by the party requesting the hearing, together with proof of service thereof on all opposing parties.

   B. Not Available When Nonwaivable Verbatim Record Involved: Although in all instances a written journal entry of the decision of the court shall be made, no verbatim record will be made of any telephonically held hearing. Accordingly, no such hearing may be scheduled for any proceeding requiring a nonwaivable verbatim record under the provisions of Neb. Ct. R. App. P. § 2-105A(1).

   C. Waiver of Other Record: Any party consenting to a telephonic hearing shall be deemed to have waived the verbatim record required only upon request under the provisions of Neb. Ct. R. App. P. § 2-105A(2). Conducting the hearing shall constitute the waiver of such optional verbatim record by the court. 

   D. Initiation of Telephone Conference Call:

   (1) The party requesting the telephone conference call shall be responsible for initiating the call and shall provide for all expenses of the call. 

    (2) When a matter has been assigned for hearing on a regular motion day, the matter will not necessarily be heard at a specific time, unless the judge specifically sets a time certain. On such days, the assignment of a hearing time is approximate and is intermingled with other matters scheduled for hearings by personal appearance. The clerk will telephone to notify the party initiating the conference call to proceed immediately thereafter. The matter will be heard at a time reasonably convenient to the court and to those parties who appear on motion day. 

   (3) The party initiating the call shall utilize appropriate equipment and systems to assure that all persons participating have adequate sound quality and volume. If the court determines that the sound quality or volume is insufficient, the court may require the party initiating the call to utilize other means to complete the hearing by telephone.