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State of Nebraska

Methods of Judicial Selection: Nebraska

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

County Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor cases; preliminary hearings in felony cases; civil cases < $45,000; small claims cases < $2,400; probate cases; family law cases; juvenile matters
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment through nominating commission
Retention of Judges: retention election
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; district resident; minimum age of 30; > 5 yrs state practice; state bar member
Juvenile Court
Jurisdiction: juvenile matters; domestic relations cases involving minor children
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment through nominating commission
Retention of Judges: retention election
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; minimum age of 30; >5 yrs state practice; state bar member
Worker's Compensation Court
Jurisdiction: cases involving the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment through nominating commission
Retention of Judges: retention election
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; minimum age of 30; >5 yrs state practice; state bar member
Note: Juvenile courts sit in Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy counties.