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New Local Rule on Electronic Devices in the Courthouse and Courtrooms

Monday, November 26, 2018

Effective December 1, 2018, an amended rule on electronic devices for the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska will go into effect. See NEGenR 1.6(e) at Please carefully review this rule. The new language expands the devices covered by the rule that cannot be brought into the courthouse.

Only federal employees with agency identification, attorneys with bar cards, and jurors with summonses may bring an electronic device into the courthouse. Other visitors must leave their electronic devices outside the courthouse or with the court security officers at the security screening station, unless allowed by a judge assigned to the case.

If you are not a federal employee with agency identification, an attorney with a bar card, or a juror with summons, e.g., member of the media, paralegal, etc., you must complete the attached form and send it to the courtroom deputy assigned to the presiding judge. If you are a visitor and no presiding judge is assigned to the event, e.g., moot court participant or visitor, you must send your request to for Lincoln and North Platte District Court events, for Omaha, Lincoln, and North Platte Bankruptcy Court events, or for Omaha District Court events. You may download the form on our website at

After a judge has signed the form, the assigned courtroom deputy or clerk's office staff member will send it back to you. You must bring the signed form to the courthouse and present it to the Court Security Officer at the screening station.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact or the clerk's office at (866) 220-4381.

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