District Court


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday


The District Court is located on the second floor of the Platte County Courthouse building on 26th Avenue, 14th Street in Columbus NE. 




2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68602-1188


District Court fees

Court Calendar

Juror Information

Filing Fees and Court Costs In the State of Nebraska

Online Legal Self-Help Center

Child Support Payment Center 

Passport application

Frequently Asked Questions

(Make a payment with a credit or debit card on your court case)

Additional Court Forms
(ProSe Forms are located at the Nebraska Judical Branch Website)


Marlene Vetick

Clerk of District Court

Information about Platte County District Court

The Platte County Clerk of the District Court is an elected office. The term of the office is four years. Each county in the State of Nebraska has Clerk of the District Court performing the administrative duties associated with the court. Nebraska law states that counties with 7,000 inhabitants are required to have a Clerk of the District Court elected by the voters. District Courts of general jurisdiction and are organized into 12 judicial districts to serve all 93 counties in the state. 

Platte County is the 5th Judicial District, which also includes Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Polk, Saunders, Seward and York. Although the District Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with County courts, District Courts primarily hear all felony criminal cases, equity cases, domestic relations cases and civil cases pursuant to Neb.Rev.Stat.ยง24-517. The District Court also functions as an Appellate Court in deciding appeals from County Courts and various administrative agencies.

Applying for a Passport

Passport Application | Current Passport Fees
Bring your passport application to the District Court Clerk office along with the required proof of citizenship documents, passport photos and photo identification, anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - we are open over the lunch hour.

Services of this Office

Besides being the Administrative Officer of the Court, the Clerks of the District Courts are responsible for the record keeping of Criminal and Civil cases. Mental Health Records, maintenance of the Court's dockets and processing judgments. The clerk also serves as a Passport Agent and is the Ex-Officio Jury Commissioner for both the County and the District Court.

Duties of the District Court Office

  • Issuing writs and orders.
  • Filing and preserving all papers delivered to him or her. 
  • Endorsing papers filed with him or her.
  • Make entry of return of every summons, subpoena and order served.
  • Keep the records, book and papers pertaining to the court and record its proceeding.
  • Prepare and file the annual inventory statement of all County personal property in his or her custody & possession.
  • Provide and process protection order applications.
  • Track all court costs, fees, fines and restitution ordered on each case filed.

Forms Available

The following forms are available at the office of the Clerk of District Court:

  • Passport Applications
  • Protection Order Applications
  • Voluntary Notice to Withhold Income Forms