The NE Court System contains the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Nebraska Court of Appeals, District Courts and County Courts. Additionally, this state 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, it also holds Drug Court and other problem-solving courts to assist offenders with rehabilitation and treatment along with serving justice.
The 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 NE Supreme Court 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 NE Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court for the state and handles most appeals from the lower courts.
Most state of Nebraska court records will be readily available to the general public. However, juvenile, sealed, or expunged records will not be open to review as well as some vital records. 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 United States federal government also stipulates that public 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 official website (www.nebraska.gov) 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 for various case types. This state 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 as well as view court costs, get self help, find public information, file requests for protection orders, view dockets, and other online services.
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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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The District Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. Almost all types of cases may be tried in this court with only a few minor exceptions. These courts also handle appeals for County Courts and administrative agencies across the state. The state is split into twelve judicial districts with districts in each one. Counties with at least 7,000 residents are required to have at least one District Clerk as well. The Clerk performs many administrative functions to support the court in his or her region.
County Courts 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 these 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.