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Accessing Case Information

Courthouse Public Terminals

The courthouses in Omaha and Lincoln have at least one computer terminal available for use by members of the public to access case information. Speak to a member of the clerk’s office staff for assistance obtaining paper copies of any case information displayed on the public terminals. Consult the court’s Fees webpage for information on charges associated with paper copies.

Note: Payment for printing copies from the public terminals in Lincoln must be made by credit card, check, or money order (i.e., no cash is accepted in the Lincoln clerk’s office).

Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)

PACER is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from individual federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Click here for information about registering for a PACER account.

National Archives and Records Administration

Some case records filed before 2002 are maintained at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Kansas City, Missouri. Fees will apply to retrieve documents from NARA. Consult the court’s Fees webpage for information on charges associated with retrieving records from NARA. You can contact the Clerk’s Office to check on the location of the file. If the case was archived, the Clerk’s Office will work with you to obtain copies.

E-Government/Written Opinions

All court opinions are available through PACER free for registered users. Additionally, access to court opinions from many appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts is available for no fee in a text searchable format through a partnership with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), consistent with the E-Government Act.

Click HERE to learn more about available opinions.