IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Members of the U.S. District Court Bar:

The U.S. District Court Clerk's Office wishes to bring several important matters to your attention.

On January 28, 2005, the Nebraska Judicial Council:

Decided that counsel of record should have access to unredacted transcripts for the sole purpose of redaction review. Unredacted transcripts are now available at the public terminals in the Clerk's Offices and to counsel of record via PACER. The "Notice/Instructions to the Bar regarding Electronic Availability of Civil and Criminal Transcripts" has been updated to clarify who is responsible for requesting redaction. See http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/pom/index.html.

Approved a request to limit access to certain criminal documents containing personal identifiers to counsel of record and the court. For a detailed list of sealed documents limited to the court and sealed documents limited to counsel of record and the court, go to http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/cmecf/index.html, "Sealed Document List."

Approved amendments to the District of Nebraska Petition to Enter a Plea of Guilty. The amendments were necessary due to the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Booker. The updated petition is available on our internet web site at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/pom/forms/index.html.

Approved the local rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska. See General Order 2005-02 at See General Order 2005-02 at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/pom/orders/index.html.

Approved General Order 2005-01, "In the Matter of the Revision of the Schedules of Amounts of Collateral to be Forfeited in lieu of Appearance." See General Order 2005-01 at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/pom/orders/index.html.

In addition, a revised court reporter fee schedule is posted at http://www.ned.uscourts.gov/pom/crtplans/crtplans.html, "Court Reporting Fee Schedule." The fee schedule includes a table that allows attorneys to estimate the cost of transcripts from digitally-recorded hearings or trials.

Finally, the filing fee for civil cases increased to $250.00 on February 7, 2005.

Thank you,
United States District Court Clerk's Office

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk's Office at (402) 661-7350.