Frequently Asked Questions
11. I want to file a lawsuit but I don't have a lawyer. Can the clerk's office tell me what I need to do?
If you are a party proceeding without an attorney and need help with your case, please look at these resources. The court's local rules provide additional information. The clerk's office can provide the public only with general information about filing requirements. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 955, clerks and deputy clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice.
3. What are the witness and mileage fees?
The witness fee is $40.00 per day. The mileage rate is $.575 per mile.
2. Where can I find information about the court's judges and magistrate judges?
4. How do I get a certified copy of a document?
You may request a certified copy of a document by contacting the Lincoln or Omaha clerk's office. Contact information is on our Directory page. The cost for the certified document is $11.00 for the certification and $.50 for a copy of each page. Prepayment is required for certified copies. The request should include the case number, document number, and a check or money order.
5. Where can I get information regarding child support?
For information regarding child support, call the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 471-3121.
6. What is the difference between the "file date" and the "entry date" on the docket sheet?
The "file date" is the date the pleading was filed with the clerk's office. The "entry date" is the date the pleading was entered on the docket.
1. Where can I find the clerk's office's mailing address?
Please address all U.S. mail to the Omaha courthouse. You will find the address on the Directory page.
7. Which federal holidays does the clerk's office observe?
8. How do I prepare a bill of costs?
9. Where can I find information about the court's filing fees?
10. I am not admitted to practice in the District of Nebraska, but I need to make an appearance in a case. What are the requirements to appear?
To be admitted pro hac vice, you must complete the Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice, located on our Forms page. Please note that the application must include a case number. There is no fee to be admitted pro hac vice. See NEGenR 1.7(d) for additional information.
To apply for full-time admission, you must complete the Application for Attorney Admission, located on our Forms page. You must submit a $176.00 fee for full-time admission.
All attorneys who practice in this district must complete and sign a CM/ECF attorney registration form, located on our Forms page.
All attorney admission forms and CM/ECF registration forms must be submitted by mail to one of the divisional clerk’s offices.