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Nebraska Court Records

In Nebraska, court records from Supreme, Appeals, District, Local, and Juvenile courts are readily available to access online, saving the public and legal professionals time and energy outside of the courthouse or law library tracking down the sources in person. With access to multiple levels of jurisdiction, one may use the court records to serve as a statute for personal legal issues, find out more about the history of Nebraska courts, or even use the records to satisfy genealogical curiosities or find vital records.

Nebraska Court Records

History of Nebraska Courts

The Constitution of the state of Nebraska was amended in 1970 to allow the Supreme Court authority over all lower courts and can be exercised by the Governor-appointed Chief Justice. Any case that is passed along to the Supreme Court must first be heard by the Court of Appeals also located in Lincoln and was established on September 6, 1991.

Nebraska is unique as it has three separate Juvenile Courts located in Sarpy, Lancaster, and Douglas Counties. In the remaining ninety counties of Nebraska, juvenile court records are handled by the local County Court.

Nebraska Court Statistics

Nebraska Courts recieve 449,978 filings per year. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 451,723 filings and had 458,690 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2013 459,018
2014 445,637
2015 443,532
2016 451,723

Nebraska Court Records Availability

The Nebraska law library, historical society, and Clerk of the Supreme Court offer access to records regarding civil cases, criminal records, transcripts from lower court proceedings, an official register of the docket of all cases seen by the court, lawyer disciplinary cases, administrative orders, as well as the Nebraska Roll of Attorneys.

The court records may be searched by their case number, party name search, county of hearing, case type, judge of proceedings or attorney involved.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 160,392 (35.5 %)
Domestic Relations: 32,394 (7.2 %)
Criminal: 150,404 (33.3 %)
Civil: 108,533 (24.0 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 163,310 (35.6 %)
Domestic Relations: 32,229 (7.0 %)
Criminal: 153,475 (33.5 %)
Civil: 109,676 (23.9 %)

Nebraska Main Court Information

The Supreme Court’s main responsibilities are to hold hearings on cases of appeals from lower courts and provide administrative leadership for the Nebraska judiciary branch. The Supreme Court will oversee appellate cases if it is a matter of constitutional upholding, a death sentence, or life imprisonment.

The Court of Appeals is based in Lincoln, but will hear cases in other cities as necessary to determine if the appeal should reach further revision at the level of the Supreme Court.

District and County Courts are similar as their jurisdictions overlap; however, District courts handle cases of felony criminal charges, equity cases, and any civil case that involves more than $53,000. County Courts serve to oversee misdemeanor charges, municipality ordinances, traffic violations, small claims, guardianship, probate, adoption proceedings, some divorce cases, juvenile matters, and conservatorship.

Family Court Cases

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2013 32,970 459,018
2014 31,628 445,637
2015 31,974 443,532
2016 32,394 451,723

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2013 32,970 33,691 1,765
2014 31,628 31,607 1,681
2015 31,974 31,460 1,686
2016 32,394 32,229 1,699

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Nebraska

More Domestic Relations Cases than Nebraska:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than Nebraska:

State: Caseload:
Utah 23,967
Idaho 22,769
South Dakota 16,805
Montana 15,635
New Hampshire 15,008

Nebraska Caseload Statistics

As the court of last resort in the state of Nebraska, the Supreme Court held proceedings over a total of 286 cases. Most of those cases were disposed by opinion, 255 rulings for that particular year in civil and criminal appeals.

In the same year, 2015, The Court of Appeals was presented many more cases, with a total of 1,031.

Nebraska Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Nebraska counts 148,617 with 40,809 felony cases and 107,808 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2013 151,159 35,681 114,419
2014 147,932 36,651 110,082
2015 139,016 38,028 99,388
2016 150,404 40,809 107,808

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2013 120,187 101
2014 113,462 103
2015 116,910 98
2016 108,533 101