Table of Contents
1.0 What is JUSTICE?
The JUSTICE system allows for online access to most of the Nebraska State Trial Court's case information. It allows you to easily and quickly search through over 4 million case records so that you can find out most anything you'd need to know.
2.0 How do I use the JUSTICE System?
1.1 What information does this provide?
The JUSTICE system can provide you with all the public information about a case, as it's been entered. This information includes, but is not limited to:
Below are some answers to more specific questions about case data.
The full listing of cases is updated nightly, so there is a 24 hour lag time between when data is entered into the system, and when it appears on the search.
- Case Detail, such as the date and outcome of the trial, what the case was about, and who the judge was.
- Party Listing, including the plaintiff and defendant, and often times their associated attorneys as well.
- Court Cost Information, including all fees associated with the case.
- Payments by and to the Court
- Register of Actions, so you can follow everything that's been done with the case up to, during, and after the case, should it have been recorded.
Please be aware that, due to the high volume of data entry involved, not all listed information may be available for every case.
1.1.1 The differences between County and District Court Searches
1.2 What information doesn't this provide?
From the Court Administrator's Office: "Nebraska law provides for two courts in each county, a county court (limited jurisdiction) and a district court (general jurisdiction). A search of a county court is directed at the county court records, while a district court search makes the inquiry of the district court database.
1.1.2 How far back does all this information go?
Due to the method of development of the current system, various types of cases have been added to the system at various times. To view a complete list of how far back all the information goes, please click here
1.1.3 Are both felony and misdemeanor covered?
Yes. Misdemeanor cases are generally found at the county court level, while felonies can be filed across either county or district. As a rule of thumb, remember that only district courts can enter a sentence which incarcerates a defendant for more than one year.
1.1.4 What about special traffic violations, such as DUI, Careless Driving, etc?
Traffic cases are part of the county courts, with the exception of enhanced DUIs, which are part of the district court records since they are felonies.
1.1.5 What about juvenile cases?
NOTICE: A juvenile adjudication under the Nebraska Juvenile Code is not a conviction and does not disqualify the juvenile from future civil or military service. See 43-280 Neb. Rev. Stat.
The JUSTICE system does not provide information that is considered to be non-public, such as social security numbers, names and information for witnesses in cases, and the like.
1.3 How can I get access to this information?
1.4 Where can I get a list of all the counties?
- 1.3.1 Subscription Service
Click here to access the JUSTICE Subscription Service
- For subscription access to the JUSTICE system, you will need to be a Nebraska.gov subscriber. For more information on how to become a Nebraska.gov subscriber, please click here
- The charge is $1.00 per individual case detail viewed. This means that, when performing a name search, you get the list of possible matches for free. It's only when you view a specific case, either by performing a case number search, or by clicking on a case in the list of possible matches from a name search, that you'll get charged. Remember, you are not charged if there are no results for your search, regardless of the type of search you are performing.
- 1.3.2 One Time Searches
Click here to access JUSTICE One Time Searches
- JUSTICE One Time searches allow you to access the JUSTICE information for $15.00 per search, payable by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only). You can perform one JUSTICE Name Search, limiting the results by Party Name, Birth Date, Case Type, or Case Year. The search results will contain a maximum of 30 cases, you will then be able to view the full details for each case returned at no extra charge. You will be able to access your search results for 3 days from the date you perform your search. If a One Time Search is performed, that produces no results from the JUSTICE system, you will still be charged the $15.00 fee.
You can get a listing of all the counties (as used in the case number search), and their associated county numbers by clicking here.
The JUSTICE system is fairly easy to use. A search can be performed using one of the following criteria:
- The name of a party involved in the case (who is not a witness)
- The county in which the case was filed
- The generalized type of case
- The judge who tried the case
- The an attorney involved in the case
With the exception of the county, any or all of these fields may be used to narrow down the list of case information. The county must be used in conjunction with any of the other fields due to the number of cases some counties will return.
Once you've entered your search criteria, you submit the search and wait for the list of possible matches. That list will contain the caption, case type, party name, judge's name (if available) and attorney's name (if available). The caption for the case will be a link that allows you to get more detail on the case, such as disposition of the case, trial dates, etc.
It's as easy as that!
For a demonstration of how the JUSTICE system works, feel free to check out our demo.
This section will help answer some of the problems that you might encounter while using the JUSTICE system.
3.1 What is this Internal Server Error?
An Internal Server Error is the result of one of many different things. In our case, however, this usually means that the server was unable to return the data you were looking for to you.
3.2 It's telling me that the "Page is Not Found"!
This problem can result from a number of things, including
If you encounter an Internal Server Error, please wait for 10-15 minutes and try your search again. If you receive this error multiple times within a few hours time, please report the error to Nebraska.gov staff so we are aware of the situation.
- Exceedingly slow network speeds or routing problems between you and Nebraska.gov
- Exceedingly slow network speeds or routing problems between Nebraska.gov and the State (where the data actually resides)
- Failure of the program to generate the results in time due to excessive load on the system
This could be due to one of a couple of things. Before calling the Nebraska.gov staff about this, please check that:
3.3 I can't find this case, but I know it's listed!
A. You are connected to the Internet (for Dialup users)
If all of these steps have been taken, please attempt to check the speed of your current connection. Your ISP may be having difficulties, or their (or our) network may be down.
B. You can reach other websites
C. Check the Online Services page and follow the link from there. The server location for the JUSTICE system may have moved, and the link from the Online Services page will have the updated information.
There are several reasons why this may be. There could have been a data entry error, possibly a misspelling of a name when entered, or the case may just not have been entered yet.
3.4 This document doesn't answer my question. Who can I talk to?
We are currently unable to provide an accurate "through date" (date up to which we can guarantee that records will have been entered) due to differing standards in different counties.
When you encounter a situation such as this, it's best to wait up to one week and try your search again for recent cases. Otherwise, contact the State Court Administrator's office for more details.
If you've read this document completely, and still have questions, please contact Nebrask.gov, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402-471-7810.