District Court

Serving Communities

The Third Judicial District Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction serving Lancaster County, Nebraska, which includes the city of Lincoln, as well as several surrounding townships, including: Bennet, Denton, Hickman, and Waverly.

With eight judges, one referee, and two staff attorneys, the Third Judicial District Court serves a population of over 317,000.


As a district court in Nebraska, the Third Judicial District Court has original jurisdiction in all felony cases, domestic relations cases, paternity cases, and equity and civil cases where the amount in controversy involves more than $52,000. 

The Third Judicial District Court also serves as an appellate court in deciding appeals from certain county court cases and most state administrative agencies. 


Decisions from the District Court may be appealed to the Nebraska Court of Appeals and/or to the Nebraska Supreme Court.