Nebraska Small Claims Court: An Overview

Key facts about Nebraska's small claims court procedure.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Nebraska?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,500.

Which court hears small claims cases in Nebraska?

Small claims cases in Nebraska are heard in the Small Claims Court (County Court).

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Nebraska, the defendant may file a written answer, filed and delivered to the plaintiff, at least two days before trial, but only if a counterclaim is being filed. Otherwise, an answer is not required.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Nebraska?

You are not allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Nebraska.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Nebraska?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Nebraska, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Nebraska?

In Nebraska, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court. The defendant may however request the case be transferred to the regular docket of county court and demand a jury trial by giving notice at least two days before the hearing.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Nebraska?

For more information about Nebraska small claims court, see www.supremecourt.ne.gov/self-help/small-claims/resources-index.shtml.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Last updated on 10/01/10.

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