Last updated: October 2, 2013
Omaha is Nebraska's largest city, but residents know that it has a small town feel. However, even residents of Nebraska's biggest small town have legal trouble from time to time. Whether you need to deal with a traffic ticket or you’re involved in a complex civil suit, this Omaha courthouse resources page can point you in the right direction.
Omaha has two levels of county courts and three types of federal courts. The Douglas County Court handles traffic violations, misdemeanor criminal cases, juvenile cases, probate issues and civil cases under $52,000, including small claims. The Douglas County District Court handles family law issues, felony criminal cases and civil cases involving more than $51,000. Because the District Court and several divisions of the County Court share the Hall of Justice building, most court business is conducted there. Check out the Omaha court services page for links to court websites, online resources and other information.
As for federal courts, the Roman L. Hruska United States Courthouse is home to the Omaha branches of both the Federal District Court and the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nebraska. Omaha's immigration court is located on the other side of town.
Note: The Hall of Justice houses both the Douglas County Court and the District Court, so almost all court business is conducted in this building. Civil cases for the County Court are heard at the Civic Center down the street. The following are the courts at the Hall of Justice and their contact numbers.
Douglas County District Court
5th Floor, (402) 444-7004
County Court Criminal/Traffic Division
2nd Floor, (402) 444-5387
County Court Probate Division
3rd Floor, (402) 444-7152
Room 600, (402) 444-7121
The County Court Civil Division handles civil cases in which the amount of money claimed does not exceed $52,000. The Small Claims Division handles cases in which the amount of money claimed does not exceed $3,500. The phone number for small claims is (402) 444-7452.
This court hears bankruptcy cases. You can file bankruptcy forms at this location.
This court hears cases arising under federal law, such as federal tax cases.
The Omaha Immigration Court primarily hears cases in which immigrants have been charged with violating immigration law. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office for Omaha is also located in this building.