(Rule Governing Use of Digital Signatures by Authorized Court Personnel adopted July 19, 2006. Renumbered and codified as Neb. Ct. R. §§ 1‑301 to 1-308, effective July 18, 2008.)
The purpose of this rule is to establish standards for use of digital signatures by authorized personnel of the Nebraska Courts.
This rule shall apply to all Nebraska judges and court personnel authorized to use digital signatures. The use of digital signatures is not mandated by this rule but is available to authorized court personnel who wish to utilize this technology.
For purposes of this rule governing the use of digital signatures, authorized court personnel shall be defined as, and limited to, the following persons only:
§ 1-304 amended February 2, 2012.
For a digital signature to be valid for use under this rule, it must be created by technologies and practices that are accepted for use by the Nebraska Supreme Court and conform to the definitions set forth below:
Digital signatures may be used by authorized court personnel in the issuance of all documents produced:
(3) Docket is a JUSTICE system application which provides interactive programs designed to record judicial proceedings in the courtroom thereby creating a printed record for a judge to digitally sign and issue an official document.
(C) By the Appellate Courts Case Management System under the control of the Nebraska Supreme Court, including, but not limited, to orders. The Appellate Courts Case Management System is maintained by the Nebraska Supreme Court for exclusive use by authorized court personnel of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
(D) For all procedural and statutory purposes, a document with a digital signature by authorized court personnel shall have the same force and effect as a document with a manual or handwritten signature by the same authorized court personnel.
§ 1-306(A)(2) and (C) amended February 2, 2012.
Only the Nebraska Supreme Court may promulgate rules governing the use of digital signatures for authorized court personnel. Any other rule, regulation, or policy now in effect purporting to govern the use of digital signatures by authorized court personnel is superseded by this rule.
Each county court, district court, and the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court, by action of a majority of its judges, may from time to time recommend a local rule governing the use of digital signatures by authorized court personnel in each applicable judicial district and Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court which is not inconsistent with this rule or inconsistent with any directive of the Supreme Court or statutes of the State of Nebraska. Such recommended rule shall be submitted in writing and on a disk in a Microsoft Word compatible format. Any such recommended rule shall not become effective until approved by the Supreme Court and published in the Nebraska Advance Sheets.