The following addresses most of the questions frequently asked about continuing legal education requirements for county attorneys and their deputies.
- How many hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits do I need?
As a county attorney or deputy county attorney you are required to obtain 20 hours of continuing legal education each year. This requirement is waived in any year in which you assume office after July 1 of that year.
- How do I know how many hours of credit a particular class is worth?
The Crime Commission determines the allowable credit hours of classes. If the sponsoring agency does not state that the Crime Commission is allowing a certain number of credits, you may contact the Commission to see if the course has been reviewed. If not, you will need to provide the Nebraska Crime Commission with a copy of the agenda listing time frames, sponsoring agency, location, and the topics covered. The Commission will then review the agenda and determine the allowable credit hours.
These hours can then be included on your CLE-4 Form and submitted to the Commission for proper recording.
- Does training in office management count towards my CLE?
You may receive up to 10 hours of credit every 4 years for office management courses.
- Can I receive credit for teaching?
You may receive up to 5 hours of credit for teaching an approved course within the state on a basis of one hour for each 60 minutes spent preparing for and teaching in the course. A reporting form (CLE-3) may be obtained from the Crime Commission for submittal of this information.
An exception to the 5 hour credit limit may be granted in cases where a county attorney or deputy teach and serve on a faculty of a course approved by the County Attorneys Standards Advisory Council or the Executive Director and are required to: (a) attend all of the lectures, demonstrations, performance exercises and workshop exercises attended by the participants, and (b) perform all of the lecture, demonstration, performance, critique, and administrative assignments required of the faculty. In these cases, credit may be awarded in the same amount allowed to the participants in the course.
- What is the requirement for radar training?
During the first year of your term of office, you are required to obtain up to 1 hour of training on speed measurement principles. Instruction by a law enforcement officer certified in operating electronic speed measurement devices can be on an individual or group basis.
- What is the training requirement for the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children?
Training in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children is required based on your term of office. During the first two years, a total of 8 hours of instruction is required; thereafter, a minimum of one hour is required each year.
- Is there a way to obtain CLE credits without attending a class or conference?
Of the 20 hours of training required each year, up to 5 hours may be acquired through self-instruction/training through the use of satellite, Internet, video or audio tape presentations.
- If I obtain more than the 20 required CLE hours, do they carry over to the next year?
No they do not.
- What do I need to do if I am unable to meet the CLE requirements in any given year
Rule and Regulation, Title 78, Chapter 6, County Attorney Continuing Legal Education outlines the procedure followed in handling cases of noncompliance.
However, if the failure to meet the CLE requirement was not willful or negligent, the Commission may grant a waiver upon written request from the county or deputy county attorney. The Commission will establish a deadline for making up the outstanding hours. Typically, the hours are added to the next year's requirement.