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Allows Cameras? Yes (with permission)
Exceptions: Coverage is prohibited in specific proceedings as listed in Article 20, § 6-2003(F).

Audio or Video Webcast? Yes
Media Guide Available? Yes
Allows Cell Phones to Record Video? No

Expanded news media coverage is generally permitted in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and trial courtrooms. Prior authorization is required for trial courts but not for appellate courts.

At trial courts, permission is granted unless the judicial officer finds that coverage would interfere with the rights of the parties to a fair trial. Requests for expanded news media coverage in all proceedings shall be made to the news media coordinator, in writing, at least seven business days in advance. 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. The parties may object in writing, at least three days prior to the proceeding. The ruling by the judicial officer on objections rests within the sole discretion of the judicial officer and is a non-appealable temporary injunction or suspension of expanded news media coverage. Coverage of a witness may be denied upon objection and showing of good cause. Coverage of initial appearances in criminal proceedings in County Court involving bond settings and arraignments are generally permitted, unless otherwise ordered by the court. Coverage is prohibited in specific proceedings as listed in Article 20, § 6-2003(F).

Nebraska appellate courts presumptively permit expanded media coverage of all proceedings, unless the Chief Justice or Chief Judge order otherwise. The placement and number of cameras and recording devices allowed are decided at the discretion of the Chief Justice or Chief Judge.

Links: Authority
Article 20: Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts

Links: Other
Nebraska Court Coverage Overview
Nebraska Appellate Court Oral Arguments
Nebraska Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Cameras in Nebraska Courts: Expanded Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts

Last edited: December 13, 2022