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Law library planned for judicial center

March 2, 2001

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Attorneys have approved a plan to establish a law library at the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.

The library will give lawyers 24-hour access to books and electronic resources for their cases.

"Attorneys working at the courthouse have long complained about the lack of legal resources," said David Brown, president of the Douglas County Bar Assn.

Results of a county-wide, mail-in election were announced Thursday, with 109 attorneys voting in favor of the library and 12 opposed.

The library will be funded with about $100,000 per year in fees from civil and criminal suits that are filed in the county. That money currently goes to the state general fund.

To use the library, attorneys will register with the district court clerk and may be required to pay a registration fee. Brown said he expected the resources to involve more electronic equipment than books.

"The modern lawyer really uses very few books, and everything is available online and on CD-ROM," he said.

A board of trustees consisting of the five district court judges and four elected attorneys will meet to begin planning the library.

A spot will be reserved in the Law Enforcement Center when its renovation is complete. Brown said it would be at least six months before the library would begin to take form.

"The result for the public is we'll have better attorneys to represent them," Brown said. "It's a matter of better resources."

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