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State of Nebraska

Methods of Judicial Selection: Nebraska

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 7
Court of Appeals: 6
District Court: 55
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: 6
Court of Appeals: 6
District Court: 12
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide (chief justice); district (associate justices)
Court of Appeals: district
District Court: district
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Length of Term
Supreme Court: at least 3 yrs
Court of Appeals: at least 3 yrs
District Court: at least 3 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: retention election
Court of Appeals: retention election
District Court: retention election
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 6 yrs
Court of Appeals: 6 yrs
District Court: 6 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: next general election after 3 yrs in office
Court of Appeals: next general election after 3 yrs in office
District Court: next general election after 3 yrs in office
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Court of Appeals: peer vote with supreme court approval
District Court: peer vote
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: duration of service
Court of Appeals: 2 yrs
District Court: 1 yr
Qualifications
Supreme Court: U.S. citizen; > 3 yrs state resident; district resident; minimum age of 30; > 5 yrs state practice; state bar member
Court of Appeals: U.S. citizen; state resident; minimum age of 30; > 5 yrs state practice; state bar member
District Court: U.S. citizen; district resident; minimum age of 30; > 5 yrs state practice; state bar member
Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article V of the Nebraska Constitution and Section 24-1101 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes.