In Nebraska, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction courts, and appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include County Courts, Juvenile Courts, and the Worker’s Compensation Court. County Courts handle misdemeanors, traffic & ordinance violations, civil cases under $52,000, small claims cases, probate, guardianship, adoption, juvenile, and preliminary felony hearings. Juvenile Courts exist in Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster counties, and deal with matters involving neglected, dependent, and delinquent children. In the other Nebraska counties, juvenile matters are handled by the County Courts. The Worker’s Compensation Court handles cases throughout the state regarding occupation injury and illness.
The District Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They handle felony trials, domestic relations matters, and civil cases over $52,000.
Use the “Court Records” resource below to access the Nebraska Trial Courts Case Search System, a fee-based service that provides statewide access to civil, criminal, adoption, juvenile, probate, small claims, and traffic cases. Also below are resources for U.S. District Court federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records, and Supreme & Appeals Court opinions.
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