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Scotts Bluff County
Scotts Bluff County - Clerk of District Court
The office of Clerk of the District Court is an elected position. Duties include filing of new cases and receiving, filing and maintaining all subsequent pleadings in District Court matters. Filing includes scanning, microfilming, indexing and placing paper documents in the court files. All pleadings are entered electronically into the State Court Administrators statewide computer system known as JUSTICE. Many of the pleadings demand action by the Clerk. Actions may include issuing a summons or subpoena, preparing warrants for the judge's signature, entering information for money judgments into JUSTICE, receipting and disbursing funds for fees and collections on judgments, investing funds when so directed by the court. Currently there are about 65,000 court files housed in the office and storage areas. Cases filed fall into two categories, civil and criminal. Civil matters include domestic issues such as dissolutions, child support, paternity, custody; protection orders, both harassment and domestic; litigation for negligence, property disputes, contract disputes, F.E.L.A. cases (i.e. railroad cases), name change, foreclosures; appeals from County Court and Small Claims Court; transcribed judgments from other courts. Criminal matters include felony cases, misdeamors reduced from felonies; appeals from County Court; search warrants.
District Court is also responsible for pleadings in cases filed to go before the Mental Health Board.
The Clerk of the District Court also serves as Jury Commissioner in Scotts Bluff County. A list of eligible citizens is obtained from drivers' license and voter registration records. From that list panels of potential jurors are summoned for each of the four court terms held each year. Separate groups are summoned for District Court and for County Court. It is the Jury Commissioner's responsibility to see that the potential jurors are present for court dates as scheduled by the judges and to do the actual drawing of names in the courtroom before each trial. Once the jurors are selected and sworn in, the Bailiff is responsible for their welfare and adherence to rules during the trial.
The Clerk of the District Court is a passport application agent for the U. S. Department of State. The agent executes the paperwork and must be personally assured that the citizenship and identity of the applicant are valid.
Court House - 2nd Level
Clerk of the District Court
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
308 436-6641 - Main
Darla Simpson - Clerk of District Court
1-877-631-9973 - Payment information is available by calling. Follow the prompts and have the case number available.
Child Support, Spousal Support, in cases with minor children, and Medical Support are to be paid to the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center, P.O. Box 82600, Lincoln, NE 68501-2600 as per the COURT ORDER. The Clerk of the District Court does not condone use of the "Payee Affidavit for Non-Monetary Receipt" as a routine monthly practice. Use should be limited to an occasional out-of-the ordinary circumstance.
Immigration and Naturalization
1-800-375-5283 - Information is available by calling.
308 633-1835 - Jury schedule updates are available 24 hours a day by calling. The message will be updated promptly any time a change is made in the trial schedule. However, jurors should always call after 5:00 p.m. the evening before they are scheduled to appear.
Nebraska Supreme Court
Passports applications are accepted in the Office of Clerk of the District Court. Appointments are not required but a phone call is suggested over the lunch hour.
Applicants will need:
Birth records by state are available at - www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm
Current information on processing time, fees, travel advisories and status of a pending application is available on - www.travel.state.gov
Passport renewals in many instances can be done by the applicant using form DS-82 available on - www.travel.state.gov
Updated: 2016.10.18 - 8:00 MDT