§ 6-2004. Procedural.

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§ 6-2004. Procedural.

   (A) News media coordinator. News media coordinators are appointed by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The judicial officer and all members of the media shall work, whenever possible, with and through the appropriate news media coordinator regarding all arrangements for expanded news media coverage. The Nebraska Supreme Court will designate the jurisdiction of each news media coordinator. In the event a news media coordinator is not available for a particular proceeding, the judicial officer may deny expanded news media coverage or may temporarily appoint a news media representative to serve as the news media coordinator for the proceeding.

   (B) Advance notice of coverage.

   (1) All requests for expanded news media coverage in all proceedings, except initial appearances in criminal cases in county court (see § 6-2003(E)), shall be made to the news media coordinator. The request must be in written form, using the forms approved by the Administrative Office of the Nebraska Supreme Court and filed with the clerk of the court where the proceedings are pending.

   The request shall be filed at least seven business days in advance of the time the proceeding is scheduled to begin. If the judicial proceeding is scheduled sooner than seven business days before the request, notice of the request shall be given as soon as practicable.

   (2) A copy of the request shall be sent electronically, delivered by ordinary mail, or delivered in person to the last known contact of all attorneys of record, parties appearing without attorney representation, Supreme Court Information Officer, the appropriate court administrator, and the judicial officer expected to preside at the proceeding for which expanded news media coverage is requested by the news media.

   (3) Requests and notices shall be given using the forms approved by the Administrative Office of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

   (C) Objections to expanded news media coverage.

   (1) A party to a proceeding, except an initial appearance in a criminal case in county court (see
§ 6-2003(E)), objecting to the request for expanded news media coverage must file a written objection using forms approved by the Administrative Office of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

   The objection shall be filed at least three days before commencement of the proceeding. When the proceeding is not scheduled at least seven business days in advance, the objecting party must give notice of the objection as soon as practicable after the proceeding is scheduled.

   (2) A copy of the objection shall be sent electronically, delivered by ordinary mail, or delivered in person to the last known contact of all attorneys of record, parties appearing without attorney representation, Supreme Court Information Officer, the appropriate court administrator, and the judicial officer expected to preside at the proceeding for which expanded news media coverage is requested.

   (3) Rulings on timely objections shall be made by the judicial officer prior to the commencement of the proceedings or as reasonably practical. The objecting party may be afforded an opportunity to present evidence by affidavit.

   The judicial officer may rule on an objection on the basis of the written objection alone or on the combination of the written objection and the affidavits presented as evidence in the form of attachments to the objection.

   (4) The deadline for filing of objections may be modified in the discretion of the judicial officer.

   (5) The granting or denial of the objection to expanded news media coverage is a nonappealable temporary injunction or suspension of expanded news media coverage.

§ 6-2004 adopted December 21, 2016, effective March 1, 2017.