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October 16, 2017
Fifty-Five Nebraska State Probation officers were officially sworn in on October 5, 2017 in the Capitol Rotunda by Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, Probation Administrator, addressed the new officers, their families and fellow Probation employees noting that probation officers play an integral role in the administration of justice. Probation Officers are officers of the court and the right arm of the court system. They provide to the court two important...Read more
October 11, 2017
A new scam has surfaced in Scottsbluff threatening fines for missing a non-existent grand jury summons. In response to the ever-changing number of court collection scams being perpetrated against the public, the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Division has offered the following guidelines for Clerks who find themselves in the position of answering callers who have received erroneous calls: Remind the consumer to never give out any personal or credit card/banking information over the telephone...Read more
October 10, 2017
As part of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, Supreme Court Justices will hold oral arguments in the Hevelone Center on the Beatrice High School Campus on November 3, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. The visit is part of a continuing effort by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the legal community to raise awareness of court processes and the importance of civics education to American society. For over 30 years, the Supreme Court has traveled annually to each of Nebraska’s law...Read more
September 27, 2017
The six-month milestone of the Supreme Court rule allowing Expanded Media Coverage in trial courts was celebrated with awards from Nebraska broadcasters to several of the rule’s founders. Following the September 26, 2017, video conference for reporters, Nebraska Broadcasters Association Executive Director Jim Timm presented Judicial Branch and broadcast industry individuals with the prestigious NBA Chairman’s Award in appreciation for work regarding media cameras in the Nebraska courtrooms...Read more
September 22, 2017
Six Nebraska Clerk Magistrates were recognized by State Court Administrator Corey Steel during the September 2017 Clerk Magistrate’s meeting in Lincoln. “Above and Beyond” awards were given to the individuals listed below for exemplary efforts in addition to their daily duties with the court system: Darla Schiefelbein (photo: top right) was commended for her work with the Guardian Conservator Committee, Office of Public Guardian Advisory Council, Clerk Magistrate’s Education Committee and as a...Read more
September 21, 2017
The Administrative Office of Probation (Probation) is responsible for statewide administration of intake and detention alternatives, investigations and assessments, case management/supervision and services, placement, reentry, and financial assistance for juveniles. Youth supervised by Probation are not wards of the State, they have parents, are under the jurisdiction of the court, and Probation is not a custodian of youth. During fiscal year 15/16 Probation supervised 6,223 youth and in 16/17...Read more
September 19, 2017
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals held argument sessions on the campus of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska on September 14, 2017. The Court of Appeals divided into its customary two panels with Chief Judge Frankie Moore presiding over the morning panel and Judge Everett Inbody presiding in the afternoon. The Court heard four cases each session, followed by questions and answers with students. Students were provided with detailed descriptions of each case in order...Read more
September 19, 2017
The Supreme Court’s Committee on Problem-Solving Courts established a Reentry Court subcommittee in October 2016 to study the use and implementation of reentry courts in Nebraska. This effort was in response to the Legislature’s establishment of post-release supervision and its endorsement of the expansion of problem-solving courts. The Reentry Court subcommittee began meeting on November 10, 2016, led by co-chairs District Court Judge Paul Vaughan and Pastor Ruth Karlsson, Executive Director...Read more
September 11, 2017
Journalists were welcomed into the Beatrice probation office by Judge Linda Bauer for a ‘getting to know you’ session on August 31, 2017. In her opening remarks, Bauer noted that the purpose of the program was for the courts and reporters to become acquainted. “As a judiciary, we recognize that the majority of society relies upon the media to provide information that they use to formulate their opinions about the courts and judges,” said Bauer. She continued, “We depend on you, the media, to...Read more
August 30, 2017
Probation’s Deputy Administrators Deb Minardi and Gene Cotter have been elected to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Board of Directors. Deputy Administrator Deb Minardi will serve as Vice-President of APPA and Executive Board member. Deputy Administrator Gene Cotter joins Ms. Minardi on the APPA Board as he was elected at the annual APPA Institute Board of Directors meeting to serve as the Regional at Large Representative to the Board. The American Probation and Parole...Read more

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