United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
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.
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.
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.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*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.
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:
|Lincoln City Division||Robert V. Denney Federal Building
593 Federal Building
|Phone: (402) 437-1900|
Toll Free: 866-220-4379
|North Platte Division||United States Courthouse
United States Post Office
|Toll Free: 866-220-4381 or 866-220-4379|
|Omaha Division||Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse
111 South 18th Plaza
|Phone: (402) 661-7350
Toll Free: 866-220-4381 Fax: (402) 661-7387
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.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Nebraska:
|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|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see The Guide to Nebraska Court Records.
| • Out-of-state petitions signers ruling (2011) Judge(s):Joseph Bataillon|
*Citizens in Charge v. Gale No. 4:09CV3255
|In 2011, a debate erupted about petitions urging people to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Some in the debate said it was too easy to get all the signatures needed and others said it was too hard. The Nebraska law that deals with citizen-based ballot issues ranging from recalls to referendums was under Judge Bataillon's review. Judge Bataillon ruled that people from other states can now come into Nebraska and circulate petitions. In the case of Citizens in Charge v. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, Bataillon ruled unconstitutional the law that said only Nebraska citizens of at least eighteen years can circulate petitions.|
Three separate courthouses serve the District of Nebraska.
For new stories and other related material see Nebraska judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Nebraska Official Website
- Judges of the District of Nebraska
- United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska Official Website
- Judges of the District of Nebraska
|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|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the District of Nebraska has 3 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge John Gerrard||1953||Schuyler, NE||Obama||1/23/2012 - Present||Richard Kopf||Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1976||University of the Pacific Law, 1981|
|Judge Joseph Bataillon||1949||Nebraska||9/18/1997-10/3/2014||2004-2011||Lyle Strom||Creighton U., B.A., 1971||Creighton U. School of Law, J.D., 1974|
|Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp||1953||Omaha, NE||W. Bush||10/24/2001 - Present||2011 - Present||William Cambridge||Stanford U., B.A., 1974||U. of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1977|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska has 3 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Richard Kopf||H.W. Bush||5/26/1992 - 12/1/2011||1999 - 2004||12/1/2011 - Present||Kearney State College (now U. of Nebraska at Kearney), B.A., 1969||U. of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1972|
|Senior Judge Lyle Strom||Reagan||10/28/1985 - 11/2/1995||1987 - 1994||11/2/1995 - Present||Creighton U., B.A., 1950||Creighton U. School of Law, J.D., 1953|
|Senior Judge Warren Urbom||Nixon||4/24/1970 - 12/31/1990||1972 - 1986||12/31/1990 - Present||Nebraska Wesleyan U., A.B., 1950||U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1953|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Thalken|
|Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett III||1998 - Present||Midland U., 1967||Creighton U., J.D., 1972|
|Magistrate Judge Cheryl Renae Zwart|
Former Chief judges
|Richard Robinson||1957 - 1972|
|John Delehant||1956 - 1957|
|James Donohoe||1948 - 1956|
|Arlen Beam||1986 - 1987|
|William Cambridge||1994 - 1999|
|Warren Urbom||1972 - 1986|
|Lyle Strom||1987 - 1994|
|Richard Kopf||1999 - 2004|
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. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||Thomas Thalken • F.A. Gossett III • Cheryl Renae Zwart •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Cambridge • Arlen Beam • Elmer Scipio Dundy • William Douglas McHugh • William Henry Munger • Thomas Charles Munger • Joseph William Woodrough • James Donohoe • Thomas Shanahan • John Delehant • Robert Denney • Richard Dier • Albert Schatz • Robert Van Pelt • Richard Robinson •
|Former Chief judges|