As a convenience to our clients and the general public, the following information relates to the various criminal courts found in and around the Omaha, Nebraska area. You will find contact information for the courts, directions, and other useful information you may need if you are involved in a criminal court legal matter.
Douglas County Fourth Judicial District Court
- Address: Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68183
- General telephone number: 402-444-7004
The Fourth Judicial District Court of Nebraska is a trial court of general jurisdiction serving Douglas County, which includes the city of Omaha, in eastern Nebraska. The District Court is made up of 16 separate courts, making it the largest judicial district in the state of Nebraska. The Fourth Judicial District Court has general, original and appellate jurisdiction in all matters, both civil and criminal, except where otherwise provided. As such, all felony criminal cases are heard in one of the 16 courts within the district. Appeals from certain county court cases may also be heard by the district court.
Directions to Douglas County District Court:
- From the north – take I-29 South to Exit 54. Exit onto I-480 West. Take Exit 4 onto West Dodge Street. Turn left (south) onto 17th Street. The courthouse will be three blocks down on your right.
- From the south – take US75 North/I-480 to Exit 3A/ N. 14th Street. Proceed south on N. 14th Street approximately four blocks to Farnam Street. Go right (west). The courthouse is four blocks down on your left.
- From the east – take I-80 east toward Downtown Omaha. Take Exit 452 to US75/I-480 North. Follow US75/I-480 to Exit 3A/ N.14th Street. Proceed south on N. 14th Street approximately four blocks to Farnam Street. Go right (west). The courthouse is four blocks down on your left.
- From the west – take I-80 West to Exit 4. Merge onto I-29 West. Follow I-29 toward Downtown Omaha. Merge onto I-480 West to Exit 4. Exit onto US6 West to N. 14th Street. Proceed south on N. 14th Street approximately four blocks to Farnam Street. Go right (West). The courthouse is four blocks down on your left.
- COURTROOM 501 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge Gregory M. Schatz, 402-444-6936
- COURTROOM 502 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge Timothy P. Burns, 402-444-7817
- COURTROOM 503 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge Duane C. Dougherty, 402-444-7089
- COURTROOM 504 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge W. Russell Bowie, 402-444-7015
- COURTROOM 505 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge James T. Gleason, 402-444-7008
- COURTROOM 506 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge Marlon A. Polk, 402-444-7009
- COURTROOM 507 – 5TH FLOOR, Judge J. Michael Coffey, 402-444-1997
- COURTROOM 408 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf, 402-444-7014
- COURTROOM 409 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge Kimberly Miller Pankonin, 402-444-7371
- COURTROOM 410 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge Horacio J. Wheelock, 402-444-5410
- COURTROOM 411 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge J. Russell Derr, 402-444-7529
- COURTROOM 412 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge W. Mark Ashford, 402-444-7011
- COURTROOM 413 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge Peter C. Bataillon, 402-444-7007
- COURTROOM 414 – 4TH FLOOR, Judge Thomas A. Otepka, 402-444-7755
- COURTROOM 315 – 3RD FLOOR, Judge Shelly R. Stratman, 402-444-7086
- COURTROOM 316 – 3RD FLOOR, Judge Gary B. Randall, 402-444-7012
Douglas County Adult Drug Court
- Address: Douglas County Criminal Justice Center, 1709 Jackson Street, 4th Floor, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-2513
- Telephone number: 402-599-2661
The Douglas County Adult Drug Court is a voluntary program that allows eligible participants to have their felony charges dismissed if they successfully complete an approximately 12-18 month program that includes substance abuse treatment, case-management activities, and educational and employment objectives. The program serves Douglas County, including the city of Omaha, as well as some of the smaller surrounding areas.
Young Adult Court
The Douglas County Young Adult Court is a judicially-supervised program that provides a sentencing alternative for youthful offenders up to age 25 who are charged with a felony. Offenders participate in an 18-24 month program of selective assessment and rehabilitative services administered by multidisciplinary agencies that includes a lengthy period of time on probation. If the offender successfully completes the three-phase program, his/her felony conviction is reduced to a Class I misdemeanor. Participants are originally identified by their defense attorney and then screened for suitability by the County Attorney who has the final say with regard to acceptance into the program.
Douglas County Court
- Address: 1701 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68183 or 1819 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68183
The Douglas County Courts handle preliminary hearings for felony cases to determine whether there is enough evidence to establish probable cause in a felony case. If it appears the crime charged has been committed and there is probable cause to believe that the person charged with committing the crime is responsible, the defendant will be bound over to stand trial in district court. In addition, the County Courts hear all misdemeanor criminal cases. There are 12 County Courts located in the Hall of Justice along with the Fourth Judicial District Courts or in an annex building just down the street at 1819 Farnam Street. The following list includes the names of the various county judges, their court location and contact telephone number:
- Stephanie R. Hansen, 1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-5434
- Marcena M. Hendrix,1819 Farnam Street, 402-444-5433
- John E. Huber, 1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-1928
- Marcela A. Keim (presiding), 1819 Farnam Street, 402-444-5439
- Sheryl L. Lohaus, 1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-5432
- Darryl R. Lowe, 1819 Farnam Street, 402-444-6828
- Jeffrey L. Marcuzzo, 1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-5438
- Craig Q. McDermott,1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-7119
- Thomas K. Harmon, 1701 Farnam Street, 402-444-5435
- Derek R. Vaughn, 1701 Farnam Street, 402- 444-4230
- Lawrence E. Barrett, 1701 Farnam Street, 402- 444-5430
- Susan M. Bazis, 1701 Farnam Street,402-444-5411