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Thursday, December 23, 2010


WARNING: Recorded  Audio Files Available Over the Internet

Notice to Attorneys

Beginning January 3, 2011, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska will make digital audio files of court proceedings held on/after January 3, 2011, available to the public over the internet through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.

Limiting Personal Information

If information subject to the court’s privacy policy is stated on the record, it will be available in the audio files this court makes available.  Since counsel and the parties are solely responsible for guaranteeing that pleadings and testimony comply with the court’s rules requiring redaction of personal data identifiers, the better practice is to avoid introducing personal data identifiers and other sensitive information into the record in the first place, unless absolutely necessary to prove an element of the case.  Also, be advised that courtroom deputies cannot redact audio files before they are placed on CM/ECF. Please take this into account when questioning witnesses or making other statements in court. If private information is mentioned during a hearing or trial, you may move the court to seal, restrict, or otherwise prohibit placement of the digital audio file of the hearing or trial on the Internet through the PACER system.

Privacy Policy

The Judiciary’s privacy policy restricts the publication of certain personal data in documents filed with the court.  The policy requires limiting the disclosure of Social Security and financial account numbers to the last four digits, using only initials for the names of minor children, and limiting dates of birth to the year.  However, if such information is elicited during testimony or other court proceedings, it will become available to the public.
**NOTE: Access to digital audio is currently unavailable via the public terminals locatedin the Clerk’s Office.