Nebraska Supreme Court Decisions

The Nebraska Supreme Court oversees the practice of law throughout the state, and it supervises matters related to the admission and discipline of attorneys. It holds mandatory jurisdiction over cases that involve death sentences, sentences of life imprisonment, or challenges to the validity of state laws. More broadly, the Court holds discretionary jurisdiction over appeals from the Nebraska Court of Appeals. This means that it can choose whether to hear any given appeal.

Seven justices serve on the Nebraska Supreme Court. Nebraska is divided into six judicial districts, and each of the Associate Justices represents a judicial district. When a vacancy arises, a judicial nominating commission will interview candidates for the position. The Nebraska State Bar Association chooses the eight members of the commission, of whom four members are lawyers. To serve on the Nebraska Supreme Court, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 30 years old. They also must have practiced law in Nebraska for at least five years and must be licensed to practice before the Supreme Court. The Governor of Nebraska will choose the new justice from a list of at least two candidates. If the Governor does not choose the new justice within 60 days, the Chief Justice will choose a candidate from the list.

Once they have been appointed, a justice will need to go through a retention election to stay on the Court. The retention election will occur in the first general election that is held more than three years after their appointment. If a justice is retained, they will serve a six-year term before facing another retention election. To win a retention election, they must receive at least 50 percent of the votes. While a justice may retire when they reach the age of 65, or if they develop a disability, there is no age at which they are required to retire.

Browse Opinions From the Nebraska Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Nebraska Supreme Court
In re Interest of Leyton C.  
Date: October 23, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 529
Docket Number: S-19-423

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the juvenile court terminating Mother's parental rights to her two children, holding that clear and convincing evidence supported...

State ex. rel. Malone v. Baldonado-Bellamy  
Date: October 23, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 549
Docket Number: S-19-856

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from an order of the district court declining to issue a writ of mandamus in order for Appellant to obtain an audio recording of his criminal trial, holding that the district court...

Kaiser v. Allstate Indemnity Co.  
Date: October 23, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 562
Docket Number: S-19-858

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment for Allstate Indemnity Company, holding that property loss from Plaintiffs' tenants' producing or using m...

State v. Collins  
Date: October 23, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 581
Docket Number: S-19-959

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court affirming Defendant's convictions and sentences for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and obstructing a police officer, holding that the district court d...

State v. Connelly  
Date: October 16, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 495
Docket Number: S-19-1139

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to suppress statements he made to law enforcement in an alleged violation of his Miranda rights, holding that the district court co...

Cinatl v. Prososki  
Date: October 16, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 477
Docket Number: S-19-972

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court confirming an arbitrator's award, holding that the court properly affirmed the award. Plaintiff brought this action against Defendant seeking rescission of a...

Chaney v. Evnen  
Date: October 16, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 512
Docket Number: S-20-660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's lawsuit in which he sought to prevent Nebraska voters from amending provisions of the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act, Neb. Rev....

State v. Chapman  
Date: October 9, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 443
Docket Number: S-19-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court affirming the judgment of the county court overruling Defendant's motion for absolute discharge under Nebraska's speedy trial statutes, holding that Defendant...

In re Guardianship & Conservatorship of J.F.  
Date: October 9, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 452
Docket Number: S-19-1123

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the county court granting Gerald F.'s petition to be appointed guardian and conservator of a minor child and ordering Gerald to pay the guardian ad litem's (GAL) reasonable fees...

State v. Dalton  
Date: October 9, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 465
Docket Number: S-19-1192

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part an order denying Defendant's motion for postconviction relief on his ineffective assistance of trial counsel claims, holding that precedent required that the Court v...

Dycus v. Dycus  
Date: October 9, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 426
Docket Number: S-19-853

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the dissolution decree in this case, holding that the no-fault divorce statutory scheme governing dissolution found at Neb. Rev. Stat. 42-347 to 42-381 is not unconstitutional. On appeal from...

State v. Canady  
Date: October 2, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 407
Docket Number: S-19-1102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences in two cases in which he entered into no contest pleas to felony charges, holding that there was no error. In two separate cases, Defendant was charged wi...

State v. Gray  
Date: October 2, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 418
Docket Number: S-19-1173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court imposing a life sentence for a second degree murder conviction to run consecutively with a sentence of twenty-five to thirty-five years' imprisonment for use of...

In re Claim of Roberts for Attorney Fees  
Date: October 2, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 346
Docket Numbers: S-19-378, S-19-533, S-19-932

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed a series of orders fixing fees for court-appointed counsel in a juvenile proceeding, holding that the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion. After Mother's children were adjudicated unde...

Yori v. Helms  
Date: October 2, 2020
Citation: 307 Neb. 375
Docket Numbers: S-19-520, S-19-840

Justia Opinion Summary: After Appellant appealed an order of the district court finding him in contempt of court and modifying terms of a parenting plan, the Supreme Court dismissed Appellant's appeal from an order of commitment and a purge ord...

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