Nebraska

Nebraska in the United States

Legal Materials

Links to Nebraska government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by Washlaw and FindLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis,Westlaw and LOIS. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the North Western Reporter.

To check on the status of a pending bill, pull up the History with the Nebraska legislature’s Bills and Resolutions search. For questions about pending legislation, call the Clerk of the Legislature’s Office at 402-471-2709, 402-471-2271 or, in state, call 1-800-742-7456

“Legal Research Tools for the Nebraska Practitioner: An Annotated Bibliography” was published in 70(3) Nebraska Law Review 519-554 (1991). It’s old but still useful for historical information.

For questions about Nebraska legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the Nebraska State Library (402-471-3189) or the University of Nebraska’s Law Library (402-472-3547).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see, for example:

Topics Covered by the Nebraska Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Nebraska jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Nebraska statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Nebraska Statutes
  • NE Cases & Case Law
  • Nebraska Legal Websites
  • NE State Government Info
  • Nebraska Counties
  • Nebraska Cities
  • Nebraska Legislation
  • NE Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Nebraska Legal Forms
  • Nebraska Courts
  • NE State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Nebraska Law Enforcement
  • Nebraska Media Sources

Resources

See Also

Nebraska: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Nebraska. This part provides references, in relation to Nebraska, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Nebraska by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Nebraska and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Nebraska or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Nebraska and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Nebraska. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Nebraska should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Nebraska when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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