(Interim Policy on Public Access to Court Information adopted November 13, 2003. Renumbered and codified as Neb. Ct. R. §§ 1‑801 to 1‑810, effective July 18, 2008. Revised and adopted as permanent policy on May 15, 2013.)
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the method to access summary trial court records, which shall be allowed only by means of Public Access, Remote Access, and Compiled Information, as set forth below.
§ 1-801 amended May 15, 2013.
(A) Trial Courts are District Courts, County Courts, and Separate Juvenile Courts.
(C) Case Management System (CMS) is computer system designed to monitor and track court filings and events, and to account for all financial information in that case. JUSTICE is the case management system developed and maintained by the State Court Administrator’s Office.
(4) entities which gather and disseminate information for whatever reason, and regardless of whether it is done with the intent of making a profit, without distinction as to the nature or extent of access.
(G) Remote Access means the ability to electronically search, inspect, or copy information in a court record without the need to physically visit the court facility where the court record is maintained.
§ 1-802(D) and (E) amended May 15, 2013.
Every member of the public may access the same information from the same records except as otherwise specifically provided. Stated differently, every public user will see the same information.
Information in a court record is accessible to the public unless prohibited by this policy or applicable laws.
The following records in a court Case Management System may be accessed via the Internet unless public access is restricted by law, court rule, or this policy.
Bulk distribution of court records in electronic form is not allowed except to preserve records and comply with courts’ records retention schedules.
Requests to compile court information will be considered only when the public interest will be served through significant scholarly, governmental, research, evaluation, or statistical purposes. Applications should be directed to the Court Records Contact.
Court Records Contact
Nebraska State Court Administrator’s Office
1220 State Capitol Building
Lincoln, NE 68509-8910
The following information in a court record may not be accessed by the public:
(A) Information enumerated in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-712.05.
(1) Criminal History Information as set forth in the Security, Privacy, and Dissemination of Criminal History Information Act. See Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3501.
(2) Adoption case records (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-113).
§ 1-808(B)(3) amended May 15, 2013; § 1-808(B)(4) deleted May 15, 2013; § 1-808(B)(3) deleted June 11, 2014, effective October 15, 2015.
(A) Court records will be available for public access in the courthouse during regular office hours.
(B) Court records in electronic form which can be accessed remotely will be available for access at least during the hours established by the court for courthouse access, subject to unexpected technical failures or normal system maintenance.
(C) Upon receiving a request for access to information, the court will respond within a reasonable time regarding the availability of the information and provide the information within a reasonable time.
The Nebraska Supreme Court may establish fees for remote access to JUSTICE records.