The Nebraska Court System contains a Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts and County Courts. Additionally, Nebraska has two divisions of County Court for special areas of expertise in its Juvenile Court and Workers’ Compensation Court. In some areas of the state, Nebraska also holds Drug Court and other problem-solving courts to assist offenders with rehabilitation and treatment along with serving justice.
Nebraska’s Supreme Court has a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. The Governor for the state chooses the Chief Justice from a list created by the state judicial nominating commission. The other six are selected by the nominating commission, and one justice represents each of the six judicial districts. Each district is relatively equal in terms of population.
The Supreme Court of Nebraska is the highest court in the state and hears all appeals regarding the death penalty, the sentence of life imprisonment, or constitutional questions. The Supreme Court also reviews some appeals that come from the Court of Appeals, but this is a rare occurrence.
The Nebraska Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court for the state and handles most appeals from the lower courts.
Most Nebraska court records will be readily available to the general public. However, juvenile, sealed, or expunged records will not be open to review. Additionally, other non-public items such as social security numbers, family member’s names, and information about witnesses or victims will not be available. The federal government also stipulates that public court records may not contain private or sensitive information such as trade secrets, bank account details, children’s names, home addresses, tax IDs or other identifiers; these must be redacted from files before they are made public.
Nebraska’s Judicial Branch website has a detailed section on forms so that any self-represented individual or attorney could easily obtain the documents they needed to file a case in court. They have a search function but also list each form. They have a contact email address should anyone need a form not listed on the website. Nebraska also offers e-filing for some types of cases and individuals. Attorneys can obtain an account and use this function to file all the paperwork regularly for any of their cases. Patrons can also log in and pay fines, fees, and traffic tickets online through this website.
Finding Nebraska court records is a snap using the Infotracer search tool. Access thousands of court cases throughout Nebraska, including Douglas County, Lancaster County, Sarpy County, and Hall County. Per Nebraska’s Public Records Law Nebraska Statutes §84-712.01 et seq., private citizens are granted the right to review most all criminal court records, divorce and other family court matters, civil cases, bankruptcies and more!
Anyone can perform a court records search privately without providing any special information. All they need is to use a Nebraska state court records search by name, and they will be able to see all court records except those kept confidential by law.
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In 2013, the Nebraska courts received 459,018 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 1.6% and counted 451,723 filings and had 458,690 outgoing cases
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Domestic relations caseload of Nebraska at year end of 2016 has decreased by 1.7% compared to the last 4 years, in 2013 the number of incoming cases have been 32,970 but are higher than in 2015.
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The number of criminal cases in Nebraska courts counts to 148,617, with 40,809 felony cases and 107,808 misdemeanors accordingly.
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Nebraska’s District Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. Almost all types of cases may be tried in District Court with only a few minor exceptions. District Courts also handle appeals for County Courts and administrative agencies across the state. The state of Nebraska is split into twelve judicial districts with District Courts in each one. Counties with at least 7,000 residents are required to have at least one District Court Clerk as well. The District Court Clerk performs many administrative functions to support the District Court in his or her region.
County Courts in Nebraska are the limited jurisdiction trial courts for the state. They handle guardianships, conservatorships, adoption, all small claims cases, and local ordinance violations. All juvenile matters are resolved in County Courts except in the counties of Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy where they have specific Juvenile Courts designed to handle these cases. These courts have concurrent jurisdiction with District Courts when involving civil cases of less than $53,000 and some divorce cases. They can also hold misdemeanor and felony preliminary hearings to determine if the law should proceed further.