Judicial selection in Nebraska

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Judicial selection in Nebraska
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Nebraska Supreme Court
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt.
Term:   6 years
Nebraska Court of Appeals
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt.
Term:   6 years
Nebraska District Courts
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt.
Term:   6 years
Nebraska County Courts
Method:   Comm. select., Gov. appt.
Term:   6 years

Judicial selection in Nebraska uses the method of Commission selected, political appointment of judges. The governor appoints judges from a list created by the nominating commission. The first term served by a new justice or judge is at least three years; subsequent terms last for six. At the end of a term, justices and judges are subject to a retention election.[1]

Supreme Court

On the Nebraska Supreme Court, the chief justice is chosen by the governor and serves in that role for the duration of his or her term.

In order to serve on the court, one must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen;
  • a resident of the state for at least three years;
  • a resident of the district represented on the court;
  • at least 30 years of age;
  • a practicing lawyer for at least five years; and
  • a member of the Nebraska Bar.[1]

Court of Appeals

On the Nebraska Court of Appeals, the chief judge is chosen by the other judges of the court and approved by the Supreme Court. The chief judge serves a two-year term.[1]

In order to serve on the court, one must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen;
  • a resident of the state;
  • at least 30 years of age;
  • a practicing lawyer for at least five years; and
  • a member of the Nebraska Bar.[1]

District Courts

On the Nebraska District Courts, the chief judges are chosen by the other judges of the court and serve a one-year term.[1]

In order to serve on the court, one must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen;
  • a resident of the district represented;
  • at least 30 years of age;
  • a practicing lawyer for at least five years; and
  • a member of the Nebraska Bar.[1]

Limited jurisdiction courts

Judges of the Nebraska County Courts, Nebraska Separate Juvenile Courts and Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court are appointed by the governor through the nominating commission. They are also subject to retention elections.[2]

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