The Public Defender is only appointed to represent people in criminal matters, including:
- Appeals to the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Nebraska Supreme Court
- Juvenile court
- Mental health hearings
To receive help on divorce matters or landlord/tenant problems, you will need to contact Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, located at 825 Terminal Building (10th and O Streets). Their phone number is 402-435-2161. If you are in court for a contempt action for failure to pay child support, you will need to ask for a court-appointed attorney at your first court hearing before the District Court Referee. If you qualify, the Referee will recommend to the District Judge that an attorney be appointed to represent you and you will be given further information on who your attorney will be.