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Nebraska Court Decisions

Note—Opinions of the supreme court are published officially in Nebraska Reports (since 1860). Opinions of the court of appeals are published officially in Nebraska Appellate Reports (since 1992). A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources

    NOTE—Some opinions of the court of appeals are not published.

    Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions … Slip opinions from the previous 90 days, along with a search function.


Nebraska Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  1. Constitution (Neb. Const.)
    To search the text, on the page that this Search button presents, select “Constitution Only” in the “Limit To” drop-down list for the “Search by Keyword” form.
  2. Bills
    See also the Nebraska Legislature web site.

  3. Laws of Nebraska (Neb. Laws)

  4. Revised Statutes of Nebraska (Neb. Rev. Stat.)

  5. Note—The official codification is Revised Statutes of Nebraska, 1943. The legislature applies a uniquely confusing method for numbering sections. The Nebraska version of the Uniform Commercial Code is presented separately on the legislature’s web site.

    Additional Resources
    Industrial Relations Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 48-801 et seq. … [Comm'n of Industrial Relations] — This version has a text-search function.


Nebraska Rules of Procedure and Practice

The Nebraska Supreme Court adopted a code of rules effective July 18, 2008. It was a rearrangement of the existing rules of procedure and practice and, like the Nebraska Revised Statutes, uses chapters, articles, and sections for organizing the rules. See a conversion chart showing where former rules were codified in the new scheme. For rules not linked here (below), see a table of contents for the new scheme.
  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Local Court Rules
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions


Nebraska Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Nebraska Administrative Code (Neb. Admin. Code)
  3. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  4. Nebraska Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Neb. Atty. Gen.)
  5. Additional Resources


Nebraska Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Coded Systems Corp.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Nebraska Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Nebraska law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
    1. Nebraska Law Review (Neb. L. Rev.)


    Other Nebraska Commentary

    1. A Guide to Doing Business in Nebraska. Baird Holm LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


    Nebraska Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Nebraska Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites


    Nebraska Forms

    1. Revenue Department — Tax Forms

    2. Secretary of State — Corporation and Business Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

    4. U.S. District Court — Litigation Forms

    5. Workers’ Compensation Court — Forms … Scroll down the page to find links to forms.


    Other Nebraska Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Nebraska Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Nebraska law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Nebraska.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Nebraska Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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