S-13-0106, Orfa I. Torres v. Benjamin H. Morales
Lancaster County, Judge Steven D. Burns
Attorneys: Mark T. Bestul (Legal Aid of Nebraska) for Appellant Orfa I. Torres — Appellee in default
Civil: Denial of Protection Order
Proceedings below: Torres sought a domestic abuse protection order against Morales. After a hearing, the district court denied the request for a protection order and dismissed the case.
Issues: Whether the court erred in (1) assessing costs to the appellant without making a finding that the action was brought in bad faith or that the statements in the petition were false; (2) not allowing appellant’s counsel to present evidence or question the witnesses; (3) providing legal advice to the pro se party; (4) denying the appellant a hearing before an impartial decision maker; (5) failing to issue the protection order; (6) not questioning the petitioner regarding bodily injury or fear of bodily injury.