The following privacy rules shall apply to all pleadings and documents filed in all criminal actions in the district courts of Nebraska.
(A) Redacted Filings. In any electronic or paper filing with the court that contains an individual’s Social Security number; a taxpayer identification number; a birth date; the name of an individual known to be a minor; or a financial account number, a party or nonparty making the filing may include only, unless otherwise ordered by the court:
(1) a reference to Social Security number or taxpayer identification number (no digits);
(2) the year of the individual’s birth;
(3) a minor child’s initials;
(4) the last four digits of a financial account number.
(B) Exemptions. The redaction requirement does not apply to the following:
(1) the date of birth of a defendant or person subject to detention;
(2) the name of a defendant or person subject to detention;
(3) a financial account number or real property address that identifies the account or property allegedly subject to forfeiture in a forfeiture proceeding;
(4) the record of an administrative or agency proceeding;
(5) the record of a court or tribunal, if that record was not subject to this rule when originally filed;
(6) a filing covered by § 6-1524(C).
(C) Filings Made Under Seal. The court may, on its own motion or for good cause shown, order that a filing be made under seal without redaction. The court may later unseal the filing or order the person who made the filing to file a redacted version for the public record.
(D) Protective Orders. For good cause, the court may by order in a case:
(1) require redaction of additional information; or
(2) limit or prohibit a nonparty’s remote electronic access to a document filed with the court.
(E) Option for Additional Unredacted Filing Under Seal. A person making a redacted filing may also file an unredacted copy under seal. The court shall retain the unredacted copy as part of the record, under seal.
(F) Option for Filing a Reference List. A filing that contains information set forth as provided by § 6-1524(A) may be filed together with a reference list that identifies each item of redacted information and specifies an appropriate identifier that uniquely corresponds to each item listed. The reference list shall be filed under seal and may be amended as of right. The court shall retain the reference list as part of the record, under seal. Any reference in the case to a listed identifier will be construed to refer to the corresponding item of information as stated on the reference list.
(G) The responsibility for redacting information set forth in § 6-1524(A) rests solely with counsel of record. The clerk of the court shall not be required to review documents for compliance with this rule. If a clerk of the court identifies a violation of this rule, the clerk may, at his or her option, provide a redacted document for public access. However, the clerk electing to provide a redacted copy for public access shall maintain the original document without any alterations thereof, which document shall only be available to the court and to the parties or counsel of record.
§ 6-1524 adopted February 27, 2013.