Reporters with questions about covering the courts in Nebraska should feel free to contact the Supreme Court Public Information Officer.
- Cameras in Nebraska Trial Courts
- Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court Case of Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart
- Bench-Media Committee Formed to Include Journalists, Federal Courts, and State Courts
Cameras in Nebraska Courts: Expanded Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts
“Expanded media coverage” includes broadcasting, televising, electronic recording, or photographing of judicial proceedings for the purpose of gathering and disseminating news to the public.
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- Article 20: Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts
- News Reporter Credentialing Protocol
- Listing of Credentialed News Reporters (under development)
- Request for Coverage - Form (under development)
- Listing of Nebraska Media Coordinators (under development)
- For general information on the Judicial Branch and state court system, review the Citizen's Guide to State Courts and Glossary of Legal Terms.
- Judges' Limitations on Public Comment Memo to Editors and News Directors Regarding Availability of Public Comment by Judges (June 2007)
- Information about judges and replacing judges can be found on the Replacing a Judge Press Reference Sheet. If you are covering an upcoming election where Nebraska judges are standing for retention, read the Voter's Guide.
- Court Publications and Reports are divided into 'statistical' and 'administrative' categories. For previous years not listed, please contact the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation.
- Three Judge Panel in a Nebraska Capital Murder Case Reference Sheet
Court Case Information in JUSTICE
All journalists are encouraged to subscribe to Nebraska.gov to access both trial court and appellate court case information including images of filed documents from any location at any time. Subscription services include a search of JUSTICE records by judgment date.
Media can access the same information available by subscription through Nebraska.gov on a public access terminal available at each county courthouse during business hours.
Note: Imaged documents are not available on the one-time search option through JUSTICE - journalists using the one-time search option must contact the court directly for imaged documents including court orders.
Forms/Policies for Audio and Video Coverage
- Request for Audio CD in County Court
- Request Form for Expanded Media Coverage in Trial Courts (note, not all courts have adopted camera rules (see below)
- Media Information and Court Coverage Protocol
Policy regarding documents available through JUSTICE, timeliness of court response, billing practices media-information-and-court-coverage-protocol
Media outlets wanting courtroom video of Supreme Court or Court of Appeals arguments for editing and rebroadcast of should review the court calendar and send an email to the Supreme Court Public Information Officer requesting a drop box link to the courtroom video file. If requests are made at least a week prior to argument, Nebraska Educational Television with switch cameras between the judges and the attorney podium.
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Trial Court Resources
Case Calendar Search for Trial Courts (iOS) (Android) - search participating county and district courts for upcoming cases and the dates they're occurring. Information is populated through the JUSTICE Case Management System.
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