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Methods of Judicial Selection: Nebraska

Judicial Nominating Commissions

In Nebraska, there are judicial nominating commissions for the chief justiceship, for each district of the supreme court, court of appeals, and district court, and for the courts of limited jurisdiction, making a total of thirty-three commissions. Each nominating commission consists of four lawyers elected by the Nebraska State Bar Association, four nonlawyers appointed by the governor, and a supreme court justice who serves as a non-voting chair. No more than two lawyers and two nonlawyers may be members of the same political party. Commission members serve staggered, four-year terms.

When a judicial vacancy occurs, the appropriate commission holds a public hearing to interview applicants for the position and may also conduct private interviews. The commission submits the names of at least two qualified candidates to the governor, and the governor must appoint one of the candidates. If the governor fails to make an appointment within sixty days, the chief justice makes the appointment from the list of nominees. Click here to view commission rules and here to view the applicable statute adressing the commission (full list available here).  Further understanding of the operation of the Nebraska judicial nominating commissions can be found in the manual

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $6000 (2006)
  • $6000 (2005)
  • $6000 (2004)