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§ 2-203. Mandatory registration; authorized users; email addresses.

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§ 2-203. Mandatory registration; authorized users; email addresses.

   (A) Any Nebraska attorney making any filing or appearance in a Nebraska trial or appellate court shall be required to register with the court-authorized service provider. Registration with the court-authorized service provider requires a separate annual maintenance fee as determined by the court-authorized service provider.

   (B) On and after the effective date of these rules, an attorney who has not registered under § 2-203(A) shall be deemed to have withdrawn as an attorney of record in each case for which an appearance was previously entered. Unregistered attorneys who are required to register under § 2-203(A) shall be required to comply with § 2-203(A) in order to proceed as attorney of record in any case.

   (C) Other Users. Non-attorney users may only file documents that do not require an attorney signature. As of the effective date of these rules, and when the technology is available, those listed in this subsection shall electronically file and serve all documents and receive notice from the courts electronically. These users include:

   (1) Pro Hac Vice. Attorneys admitted pro hac vice in a particular case pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. § 3-122. All electronic filings shall be done exclusively by Nebraska counsel with whom the attorney is associated.

   (2) Governmental Agencies. Governmental agencies approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court after registration with the court-authorized service provider.

   (3) Process Servers. Those ordered by statute or by court order to serve process.

   (4) Judicial Branch Officers. Probation officers and associate public guardians not licensed to practice law, unless the document requires an attorney’s signature.

   (5) Indian Child Welfare Act tribal representatives. For cases under the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal representatives after registration with the court-authorized service provider.

   (6) Court reporting personnel. Court reporting personnel as defined by § 1-204 shall register with the court-authorized service provider. Those persons who create a verbatim record of judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings shall use the court-authorized service provider portal for filing a verbatim record with any court.

   (7) Mediation centers and online dispute resolution platforms approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

   (D) Email addresses.

   (1) Email addresses for all electronic services as defined herein offered by the court or its authorized service provider cannot exceed 50 characters. Only one email address per user will be permitted for notices sent by the court.

   (2) Notices from the court shall be sent electronically from the following email address: nsc.noreply-courtnotice@nebraska.gov. User email accounts should be set up to receive all emails from that email address. Do not reply to the above email address. No user may transmit documents to nsc.noreply-courtnotice@nebraska.gov.

   (3) Service correspondence shall be sent electronically from the following email address: ne- support@egov.com. User email accounts should be set up to receive all emails from that email address. Do not reply to the above email address. No user may transmit documents to ne-support@egov.com.

   (4) Until such time as a Nebraska attorney registers as required in subsection (A), notices from the court will be sent to the initial email address provided to the Nebraska Supreme Court Attorney Services Division pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. § 3-803(C). After registration with the court-authorized service provider, all email addresses for all electronic services shall be maintained through the attorney’s account with the court-authorized service provider.

   (5) Emails transmitted to a registered email address are presumed to have been delivered. The presumption may be rebutted only by clear and convincing evidence. 

   (E) Contact Information. Users are responsible for maintaining valid and up-to-date contact  information. When a user’s email address changes, the user shall promptly update all email addresses provided for all electronic services as defined in these rules offered by the court or its service providers. Service or notice upon an obsolete email address shall constitute valid service where the user has not updated his or her email address. Mere usage of a new or different email address in a filed document does not satisfy the requirements of this subsection for an update to the user’s email. No court staff may update contact information upon user request except as otherwise provided in these rules.

   (F) Failure to Register or maintain contact information. Failure by a required attorney to register for electronic services as provided in these rules, or to maintain valid and up-to-date contact information as provided for in subsection (E), may be enforced by any appropriate sanction or order of the trial court or appellate court, or by appropriate disciplinary procedure.

§ 2-203 amendments adopted June 9, 2021, effective January 1, 2022; § 2-203 amended November 17, 2021, effective January 1, 2022.