CAMERA CELL PHONES, ELECTRICAL TESTING, PAY.GOV, and DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

Monday, October 30, 2006

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska wishes to inform you of the following:

Camera Cell Phones
The Nebraska Judicial Council adopted the following policy on Friday, October 27: Effective Monday, October 30, all federal government employees with agency identification, attorneys with their bar cards, and jurors who identify themselves to the Court Security Officers (CSOs) by showing a copy of their summons to appear, are permitted to enter the Omaha or Lincoln courthouse/federal building with camera cell phones. All other individuals will be directed to secure their camera cell phones in their vehicles. If that is not possible, the CSOs will store the camera phones at the security screening station.

Electrical Testing
The court's Web server and CM/ECF will be down from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CST on Friday, November 10, for system maintenance. Users may experience additional downtimes on November 10 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. due to electrical testing.

Pay.gov
As of November 23, 2006, all users accessing pay.gov must use a browser that supports 128 bit encryption. Supported versions of browsers include:

IE 6.0 (Recommended; use of IE5.5 or lower is not recommended)
Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or greater
Mozilla 1.7 or greater
Netscape 7.x
Safari 1.2 (for MAC users)

Disclosure Statement
The Judicial Conference of the United States recently adopted a mandatory policy that requires courts to implement automated conflict screening. Judges must develop and update conflicts lists and use those lists in automated screening. To assist with the conflict screening process, a nongovernmental corporate party is required to file, at the outset of litigation, a disclosure statement identifying any parent corporation that owns 10% or more of its stock or to state that there is no such corporation. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 7.1 and Fed. R. Crim. P. 12.4. With the approval of the Nebraska Judicial Council, the clerk's office has created an event in CM/ECF that will allow attorneys to file these statements electronically. This filing requirement is effective immediately.  These events are found under Other Filings > Other Documents > Disclosure Statement.

If you have any questions about these matters, please contact the clerk's office, 402-661-7350 (Omaha) or 402-437-5225 (Lincoln).

Thank you,
United States District Court Clerk's Office