(A) Attorneys licensed to practice law in Nebraska may register to use E-Filing. Any attorney so registered may make an entry of appearance through E-Filing.
(B) Registration for E-Filing is mandatory for all Nebraska attorneys making any filing or appearance in a county or district court, regardless if the filing is by paper or electronically. Registration for E-Filing requires an account with the court-authorized service provider Nebraska.gov and requires a separate annual maintenance fee as determined by the court-authorized service provider.
(C) Other Users. Other users who are not Nebraska attorneys may only use electronic services as provided in this Rule. Non-attorney users may only file documents that do not require an attorney signature. These users include:
(1) Pro Hac Vice. Attorneys admitted pro hac vice in a particular case pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. § 3‑122 may utilize E-Filing through Nebraska counsel with whom the attorney is associated.
(2) Agencies. Agencies approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court may utilize E-Filing with proper registration.
(3) Process Servers. Those ordered by statute or by court order to serve process may utilize E-Filing for filing returns of processes served.
(4) Judicial Branch Officers. Probation officers and associate public guardians not licensed to practice law may utilize E-Filing for documents that do not otherwise require an attorney signature.
(5) Indian Child Welfare Act tribal representatives. For cases under the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal representatives may utilize E-Filing with proper registration.
(D) E-mail addresses.
(1) E-mail addresses for all electronic services as defined in § 6-401 offered by the court or its authorized service provider Nebraska.gov cannot exceed 50 characters. Only one e-mail address per user will be permitted for E-Notice.
(2) E-Notice correspondence shall be sent electronically from the following e-mail address: email@example.com. User e-mail accounts should be set up to receive all e-mails from that e-mail address. Do not reply to the above e-mail address. No user may transmit documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(3) E-Service correspondence shall be sent electronically from the following e-mail address: email@example.com. User e‑mail accounts should be set up to receive all e-mails from that e-mail address. Do not reply to the above e-mail address. No user may transmit documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(4) Until such time as a Nebraska attorney registers for E-Filing as required in section (B), documents delivered via E-Notice will be sent to the initial e-mail address provided to the Nebraska Supreme Court Attorney Services Division pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. § 3-803(C). After registration with Nebraska.gov, all e-mail addresses for E-Notice and E-Service shall be maintained through the attorney's Nebraska.gov E-Filing account.
(E) Self-represented litigant E-Notice. Self-represented litigants who have Internet and e-mail capability may register for E-Notice in a particular case by submitting a written request to the clerk of the court where the case is filed. E-mail addresses shall be in compliance with § 6-403(D). Any change to e-mail addresses or discontinuation of E-Notice must be made in writing to the clerk of the court where the case is filed.
(F) Pro Hac Vice E-Notice. Attorneys admitted pro hac vice in a particular case pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. § 3‑122 may register for trial E-Notice with the clerk of the court in which he or she is appearing. E-mail addresses shall be in compliance with § 6-403(D). Any change to e-mail addresses or discontinuation of E-Notice must be made in writing to the clerk of the court where the case is filed.
(G) Contact Information. Users are responsible for maintaining valid and up-to-date contact information. When a user’s e-mail address changes, the user shall promptly update all e-mail addresses provided for all electronic services as defined in § 6-401 offered by the court or its service providers. E-Service or E-Notice upon an obsolete e-mail address shall constitute valid service where the user has not updated his or her e-mail address. Mere usage of a new or different e-mail address in a document filed using E-Filing or in paper format does not satisfy the requirements of this subsection for an update to the user’s e-mail. No court staff may update contact information upon user request except as otherwise provided in these Rules.
(H) Failure to Register or maintain contact information. Failure by a required attorney to register for E-Filing or to maintain valid and up-to-date contact information as provided for in section (G) may be enforced by any appropriate sanction or order of the trial court or appellate court, or by appropriate disciplinary procedure.
§ 6-403 amended September 24, 2014, effective January 1, 2015; § 6-403(D)(3) amended October 21, 2015; § 6-403 amended June 8, 2016.