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News Release
 
09/04/12

Nebraska Court of Appeals to convene at

Peru State Thursday, Sept. 13

Peru State visit marks first time the Court has appeared at an undergraduate institution

 

NOTE TO MEDIA: News cameras are welcome in the courtroom following the traditional camera pool policy. To serve as pool camera operator for still photographs or video, please contact Janet Bancroft, public information officer for the Nebraska Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, at 402-875-1460 or janet.bancroft@nebraska.gov.

(Peru, Neb.) The Nebraska Court of Appeals will be in session on the campus of Peru State College (PSC) Thursday, Sept. 13. The visit marks the first time the Court has convened at an undergraduate higher education institution.

Chief Judge Everett O. Inbody said, “The Nebraska Court of Appeals judges welcome this opportunity to visit Peru State College and the residents of Nemaha County.  The invitation to hold our court sessions at the college provides us with a unique opportunity for community outreach in a wonderful setting.  We look forward to meeting with students and college faculty alike.”

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “This is a particularly exciting opportunity for our 200-plus criminal justice and social science majors. I want to thank Judge Inbody and the Court of Appeals for selecting Peru State for their proceedings and for providing our students the chance to witness the judicial process firsthand. It is a privilege to serve as host. We encourage all of those in our surrounding communities, especially high school and middle school students, to attend this historic event.”

Area high schools are invited to bring students to observe court proceedings. Those interested should contact the Office of Admissions at 800-742-4412 or admissions@peru.edu no later than Friday, Sept. 7.

Court will be in session in the PSC College Theater from 9:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:30-3:15 p.m.  Observers should allow extra time for security clearance. Four cases will be heard during the morning session and four cases will be heard in the afternoon session. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the judges questions after each session adjourns. Information about the cases to be heard can be found at http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/appeals-court/call-coa.shtml?sub2 and http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/appeals-court/accase-summaries.shtml?sub2.

The proceedings are open to the public. For those who plan to attend, please note the following restrictions:

  • Security
    When oral arguments are scheduled, admittance to the courtrooms of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals is permitted only upon compliance with security requirements. Before entering, guests are required to walk through a metal detecting device. Personal items, such as brief cases and purses, will be inspected by security personnel on duty.
  • Entering and Exiting the Courtroom
    Entry and exit are limited to before and after the court session, when a recess is taken by the court, and between cases when attorneys are changing places.
  • Restrictions 
    Under no circumstances is food or drink to be taken into the Courtroom. Hats and caps must be removed. Except for assigned oral arguments, silence shall be maintained at all times during the court session. No photographs or recordings of court proceedings are allowed except as provided by Supreme Court Rule 17. All cellular telephones and pagers must be turned off.

The Nebraska Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court. There are six judges who sit in panels or divisions of three judges each. The Court of Appeals seeks to provide Nebraskans with clear, impartial, and timely resolution of appealed orders and judgments as provided by law. The Court of Appeals is generally the first court to hear appeals of judgments and orders in criminal, juvenile, civil, domestic relations and probate matters. In addition, the Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over decisions originating in a number of state administrative boards and agencies. Its determination of an appeal is final unless the Nebraska Supreme Court agrees to hear the matter.