Nebraska Small Claims Court: An Overview

From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Nebraska.

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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 isĀ $3,600.

Which court hears small claims cases in Nebraska?

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

What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Nebraska?

For information on Nebraska's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.

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

In Nebraska, the defendant is not required to file a written answer, unless the case is transferred to the regular docket. Counterclaims must be filed and delivered to the plaintiff at least two days prior to trial.

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. The defendant must file an answer when the case is transferred, and a demand for a jury trial must be made on or before the date the answer is filed with the court.

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

For more information about Nebraska small claims court, see https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help/7223/small-claims-court.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. 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).

Updated: October 1, 2015

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