How to Find Bankruptcy Records in Nebraska
Bankruptcy law governs the repayment of a debt by debtors who are unable to pay their creditors the money that they owe. Only federal courts have jurisdiction over bankruptcy law; state courts are prohibited from judging cases falling under this category. Bankruptcy cases can be accessed by the public using various methods as outlined below.
Bankruptcy Cases Filed Before 1999
Most cases that were legislated prior to 1999 are maintained in paper format. These records can be obtained from the terminals for public access in the office of the clerk of the court that the case was filed in. Paper files can also be accessed at a Federal Records Center with consent from the state-federal agency. The state of Nebraska is served by the Lenexa Federal Records Center. It is located at 17501 W. 98th, Lenexa, KS 66219 and can be reached at (913) 563-7600.
Bankruptcy Cases Filed After 1999
Many bankruptcy cases were filed electronically starting in 1999 and can be accessed via the centralized Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. If you know the federal court the case was filed in, log in to PACER and enter the same information to retrieve the case records. If you are unaware of the federal court, the PACER Case Locator will allow you to find this information and locate case records by conducting searches on a national level. The PACER Case Locator is easy to navigate and saves time through its search history saving features.
Older case files are sometimes eligible for being preserved permanently. These files are collected and archived in the National Archives and Records Administration from where they can be accessed directly.
Fees for Obtaining Case Records
Documents that are obtained from the court can be viewed for free although the cost of printing from a public access terminal is 10 cents per page. Also, the cost of viewing a document from the Lenexa Federal Records Center is $64 while the cost for the same obtained through PACER is 10 cents per page for a maximum price of $3 for a 30-page document. More information about fees can be found on the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule page.
Other Ways to Find Bankruptcy Cases in Nebraska
- Telephone- The Voice Case Information system enables bankruptcy courts to share case information with callers. You can reach the bankruptcy court of Nebraska by calling (866) 222-8029 and pressing 65. This service is free of charge and available 24*7.
- Nebraska State Records- Another resource that provides data on Nebraska municipal, county and state bankruptcy cases is Nebraska State Records. This is a privately-owned website that retrieves information from public records generated by the government. It can be used to locate cases involving individuals.
- Justia- Justia was founded in the year 2003 by Tim Stanley and is an online legal database. It contains case briefs on the district of Nebraska bankruptcy cases that can be found here: https://dockets.justia.com/browse/state-nebraska/court-nedce/noscat-9. Additional case information can be found by logging in to Justia using your PACER credentials.
- Docketbird- For a list of recent bankruptcy cases, Docketbird provides bankruptcy court docket sheet for all cases filed in 2019 in the District of Nebraska. Docketbird allows you to track case updates by signing up for free. You can also request the removal of a case from Docketbird.
- Local newspapers- Newspapers like the Omaha World-Herald periodically publish information on registered bankruptcy cases in the state of Nebraska. The paper also lists the category each case falls under such as Chapter 7, Chapter 11, etc. Most of the cases published involve individuals or families rather than businesses.
- Nebraska Justice Search- Developed by the Nebraska Court Administrators office, this resource enables debtors to find information on any lawsuit or judgment that has been entered against them. At a price of $15, this online service provides access to cases filed in Nebraska’s 93 county and district courts. It takes 24 hours to display case information from the time it is entered into the system.