A three-judge Nebraska Court of Appeals panel, led by Chief Judge Frankie Moore of North Platte, will hear oral arguments in 10 cases next week at the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Judges Riko Bishop of Lincoln and Michael Pirtle of Omaha will join Moore on the panel, which will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday in the third-floor district courtroom.
No North Platte or Lincoln County cases are on the panel’s docket, which includes cases from Buffalo, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Phelps and Valley counties.
The docket, including links to brief descriptions of the cases, may be viewed at supremecourt.nebraska.gov/courts/court-appeals/call.
Formed in 1991, the six-member Court of Appeals hears direct appeals of most cases from the state’s lower courts to relieve the docket of the seven-member Nebraska Supreme Court.
Parties may petition the Supreme Court to hear their appeals directly or review the appeals court’s findings, according to the Supreme Court website.
Two types of appeals always go directly to the high court: cases involving a law’s constitutionality and criminal cases involving death or life imprisonment.
To hear and rule on appeals more promptly, the Court of Appeals divides into two rotating three-judge panels. Though the court is based in Lincoln, the panels travel to other Nebraska cities to hear cases.
Moore, the court’s chief judge since 2014, lives in North Platte and practiced law there from 1983 to 2000. She served as a Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations judge from 1989 until her 2000 Court of Appeals appointment by then-Gov. Mike Johanns.
Moore represents the appeals court’s District 6, which covers 46 western and central Nebraska counties.
Bishop represents District 2, which consists of Lancaster and Seward counties, while Pirtle represents Douglas County as District 1 appeals judge.