United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

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District of Nebraska
Eighth Circuit
District of Nebraska-seal.png
Chief:Laurie Smith CampJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
BataillonGerrard
Senior Judges
KopfStromUrbom
Magistrate Judges
ZwartTalkenGossett
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is the United States district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Nebraska. The main courthouse is located in Omaha, with other locations in Lincoln, and North Platte.

The United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Deborah K.R. Gilg .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the District of Nebraska (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Nebraska consists of all the counties in the state of Nebraska.

The main courthouse is located in Omaha, with other locations in Lincoln, and North Platte.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Cases heard

The District of Nebraska has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 1138169928371788 104987.721 (3.6%)1.723
2011 1159161327721691 10817.88.328 (4.9%)024
2010 1210178029901926 10648.28.618 (3.1%)030
2009 1232181130431931 11128.38.212 (2%)043
2008 1215172929441793 11517.79.114 (2.3%)031
200714551819327423299458.311.320 (3.1%)034
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
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Clerk's office

The District of Nebraska has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number
Lincoln City Division Robert V. Denney Federal Building

593 Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508-3803

Phone: (402) 437-1900

Toll Free: 866-220-4379
Fax: (402) 437-1911

North Platte Division United States Courthouse

United States Post Office
300 E. 3rd Street
North Platte, NE 69101

Toll Free: 866-220-4381 or 866-220-4379
Omaha Division Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse

111 South 18th Plaza
Suite 1152
Omaha, NE 68102

Phone: (402) 661-7350

Toll Free: 866-220-4381 Fax: (402) 661-7387

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History

Court history

The District of Nebraska was established by Congress and assigned to the Eighth Circuit on March 25, 1867 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 3 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Nebraska:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 25, 1867 15 Stat. 5 1
February 27, 1907 34 Stat. 997 2
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 3
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 4 (1 temporary)
2004 Temporary post removed 3
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see The Guide to Nebraska Court Records.


Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the District of Nebraska.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Nebraska judicial news.

See also

External links

References

District of Nebraska
Eighth Circuit
District of Nebraska-seal.png
Chief:Laurie Smith CampJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
BataillonGerrard
Senior Judges
KopfStromUrbom
Magistrate Judges
ZwartTalkenGossett
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge John Gerrard1953Schuyler, NEObama 1/23/2012 - PresentRichard KopfNebraska Wesleyan University, 1976University of the Pacific Law, 1981
Judge Joseph Bataillon1949Nebraska 9/18/1997-10/3/20142004-2011Lyle StromCreighton U., B.A., 1971Creighton U. School of Law, J.D., 1974
Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp1953Omaha, NEW. Bush 10/24/2001 - Present2011 - PresentWilliam CambridgeStanford U., B.A., 1974U. of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1977


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Richard KopfH.W. Bush 5/26/1992 - 12/1/20111999 - 200412/1/2011 - PresentKearney State College (now U. of Nebraska at Kearney), B.A., 1969U. of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Lyle StromReagan 10/28/1985 - 11/2/19951987 - 199411/2/1995 - PresentCreighton U., B.A., 1950Creighton U. School of Law, J.D., 1953
Senior Judge Warren UrbomNixon 4/24/1970 - 12/31/19901972 - 198612/31/1990 - PresentNebraska Wesleyan U., A.B., 1950U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1953


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Thomas Thalken
Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett III1998 - PresentMidland U., 1967Creighton U., J.D., 1972
Magistrate Judge Cheryl Renae Zwart


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Richard Robinson1957 - 1972
John Delehant1956 - 1957
James Donohoe1948 - 1956
Arlen Beam1986 - 1987
William Cambridge1994 - 1999
Warren Urbom1972 - 1986
Lyle Strom1987 - 1994
Richard Kopf1999 - 2004
Joseph Bataillon2004-2011

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges


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