United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

From Judgepedia
Jump to: navigation, search
District of Nebraska
Eighth Circuit
District of Nebraska-seal.png
Judges: 2
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 1
Active judges
Chief: Laurie Smith Camp
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is one of ninety-four United States district courts. 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, Missouri, at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

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]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska's vacancy warning level is orange. The court has one vacancy.

Pending nominations

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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge John Gerrard1953Schuyler, NEObama 1/23/2012 - PresentRichard KopfNebraska Wesleyan University, 1976University of the Pacific Law, 1981
Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp1953Omaha, NEW. Bush 10/24/2001-Present2011-PresentWilliam CambridgeStanford University, 1974University of Nebraska College of Law, 1977

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Joseph Bataillon 9/18/1997-10/3/20142004-201110/3/2014-PresentCreighton University, 1971Creighton University School of Law, 1974
Senior Judge Richard KopfH.W. Bush 05/26/1992-12/01/20111999-200412/01/2011-PresentKearney State College (now U. of Nebraska at Kearney), 1969University of Nebraska College of Law, 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

Magistrate judges

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


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

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.

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.




Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 1110169328031691 11127.69.030 (5.2%)021
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.

Notable cases

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


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, two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Nebraska:[3]

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

Former chief judges

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.[4][5]

Former judges

For more information about judges of the District of Nebraska, see former federal judges of the District of Nebraska.

Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the District of Nebraska.

See also

External links


NebraskaNebraska Supreme CourtNebraska Court of AppealsNebraska District CourtsNebraska County CourtsNebraska Separate Juvenile CourtsNebraska Workers' Compensation CourtNebraska Workers' Compensation CourtNebraska Problem-Solving CourtsUnited States District Court for the District of NebraskaUnited States bankruptcy court, District of NebraskaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitNebraska countiesNebraska judicial newsNebraska judicial electionsJudicial selection in NebraskaNebraskaTemplate.jpg