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.
History of Nebraska Court Records
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 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.
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.
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.