Court Fines & Fees

Court Fines & Fees

If individuals do not have enough money to pay a fine or court costs for a criminal offense, they have the right to have a court hearing to ask for one of three things:

  • more time to pay;
  • community service instead of paying; or
  • a discharge of the fine or costs so the individual does not have to pay

The Nebraska American Civil Liberties Union has created forms and instructions for individuals who do not have a lawyer and are facing fines or fees for a criminal offense.

Below are the ACLU instructions and forms for the three options listed above. Individuals should fill out the one that fits their situation and take it to court.

Please be aware that people using the forms below may be asked to stand in front of the judge at a hearing and give more information about what they are asking for.

If you have difficulty using or downloading the forms, please contact the ACLU Nebraska



Always make sure that court officials have your current mailing address, phone number, and/or email. Respond to all court notices and always come to all scheduled court dates.



In some circumstances people have chosen to represent themselves, or circumstances dictate that they do so. In order to ensure that self-representation is undertaken with as much understanding as possible, this portion of the Judicial Branch website is designed to connect you with information or services that will better inform you of your options. The materials provided on this website are a product of either the Office of the State Court Administrator or the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Self-Represented Litigation. While these materials have been approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court for publication on this website, they are provided as a public service and any questions regarding their use in your circumstances are best answered by an attorney.

If you choose to represent yourself in a court proceeding by use of this information, it is still recommended that you consult an attorney.

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