Rule 5. Exhibits.

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Rule 5. Exhibits.

   5.1. All documents, including, but not limited to, predisposition reports, case plans, progress/probation reports, and guardian ad litem reports shall be delivered to all counsel, self-represented litigants, and the court reporter at least five (5) judicial days before the hearing in which the documents are to be offered. Counsel and self-represented litigants are responsible for ensuring their respective exhibits are in proper form. Absent good cause shown on the record, failure to comply with this rule may result in disallowance of exhibits.

   5.2. The party offering an exhibit shall have the exhibit marked by the court reporter before the hearing begins. Exhibits shall not contain any unrelated attachments.

   5.3. All exhibits offered but not received by the Court shall be returned to the court reporter before the close of the hearing unless leave is granted by the Court to withdraw the exhibit.
 
   5.4. Copies of all exhibits received into evidence shall be placed in an exhibit file that corresponds to the case. The judge and court staff will have exclusive access to the exhibit file. No other persons or self-represented litigants may have access to the exhibit file or exhibits without permission of the Court and notice to all parties. Exhibits in the custody of court reporting personnel may be open for inspection and copying by counsel or self-represented litigants upon reasonable request to the court reporting personnel. All others may not have access to the exhibits without permission of the Court.
 
   5.5. When determining as to the manner in which a self-represented litigant may inspect or copy exhibits, the Court will consider the fact that self-represented litigants are not ordinarily licensed attorneys and, therefore, not sworn officers of the Court. In all cases, the Court will take into consideration confidentiality set forth in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-2,108 and may make such orders as are appropriate with respect to the inspection or copying of exhibits.
 
   5.6. All counsel and self-represented litigants shall make timely inquiries of each other regarding exhibits to be offered at a scheduled hearing to avoid the need for a continuance.