Scotts Bluff County - District Court

The District Courts of Nebraska are divided into 12 Judicial Districts encompassing all 93 counties. Across the state, district boundaries are aligned with county lines - some districts include just one county, while others include as many as 17. Each district has at least one district court location, although a judge may preside in more than one district court within a judicial district, particularly in rural areas of the state. There are currently 56 district judges.

District courts have original jurisdiction in all felony cases, equity cases, domestic relations cases, and civil cases where the amount in controversy involves more than $52,000. District courts also have appellate jurisdiction in certain matters arising out of county court. They also serve as appellate courts in administrative appeals, where they review the record of testimony and evidence from the lower court or tribunal and issue an opinion and ruling in the case. District court decisions may be appealed to the Nebraska Court of Appeals and/or to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

The Judges of the 12th Judicial District would like to take a moment to share some information with the public regarding jury trials in light of COVID-19. In the 12th Judicial District, jury trials have been stalled for a number of months in compliance with the CDC, Governor Ricketts direct health measures and recommendations of Panhandle Public Health District. Now that the restrictions and recommendations are changing to prepare our communities to reintegrate our daily lives in light of the current situation, we as Judges feel it is time to reintegrate our jury trials.

If you are summoned to serve as a juror please know that we in the Judicial System thank you for your service. Your participation in the jury system is ultimately what allows our court system to function fairly, efficiently and in a manner consistent with Nebraska law.

We understand as a juror you may have concerns about serving on a jury panel. To help alleviate these concerns we want the public to be aware of the health and safety measures put into place to protect all citizens involved with jury trials.

  1. 1. Social distancing will be enforced throughout jury selection and the jury trial. In many instances jury selection will occur at an alternate location which will allow for compliance with social distancing.
  2. 2. In addition, face masks will be provided and hand sanitizer will be readily available for all to use at all times during this process.
  3. Health Screenings and temperature scans will be conducted prior to entering the building by all jurors and courtroom participants.

Please know that your safety and wellbeing in these trying times is our priority. The Judges have been in contact with PPHD and will continue to seek their guidance as things evolve in our area. Your assistance and cooperation are most appreciated.

Please note, the 12th Judicial District consists of the following counties: Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan & Sioux counties

Contact Information


Scotts Bluff County Court House - 2nd Level
District Judges' Office
1725 10th Street
Gering, NE 69341

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays


308 436-6660 - Main

Andrea Miller - District Judge

Leo Dobrovolny - District Judge

Tina Meier- Bailiff

Additional Links

Updated: 2013.02.19 - 12:00 MDT