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Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 9:49am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will  hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building,  Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The primary place of office  for the judicial vacancy... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:59am
Judge Curt Evans, 5th Judicial District, County Court, and the legal community are sponsoring a  family reunification day celebration on Thursday, June 16, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in  honor of families who have gotten back together after being involved with the child welfare  system.
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:27am
LINCOLN – Greg M. Ariza, Timothy P. Burns, Steven S. Chase, Jennifer D. Clark, Wesley S.  Dodge, Duane C. Dougherty, William P. Dunn, Ryan K. Forrest, Brandie M. Fowler, Marian G.  Heaney, Kimberly M. Pankonin, Michael W. Pirtle, Kimberley R. Taylor-Riley, Gregory M.  Thomas, Theresia M. Urich, Derek R. Vaughn, Andrew J. Wilson, Margaret M. Zarbano, all of  Omaha; David W. Johnson, Jr.,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:28am
LINCOLN – Greg M. Ariza, Timothy P. Burns, Steven S. Chase, Jennifer D. Clark, Duane C.  Dougherty, William P. Dunn, Ryan K. Forrest, Brandie M. Fowler, Kirk E. Goettsch, Barry S.  Grossman, Thomas K. Harmon, William R. Harry, Charles J. Headley, Marcela A. Keim,  William J. Lindsay, Jr., Timothy D. Mikulicz, Steven J. Olson, Ralph E. Peppard, Steven J.  Twohig, Sherman P. Willis, all of Omaha;... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:30am
LINCOLN – Sara E. Bauer, Fremont; Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale, WY; Patrick H. Tott,  Sioux City, IA; and Paul J. Vaughan, Fremont, have submitted applications for  appointment as District Judge in the 6th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota,  Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, Washington counties.  The principal place of office for the judicial  vacancy is Dakota City, Dakota County,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:31am
LINCOLN – Vance E. Haug, Chadron; Brian J. Lockwood, Scottsbluff; Paul B. Schaub,  Sidney; Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale, WY; Paula J. Rhodes, Bridgeport; Douglas L.  Warner, Scottsbluff; and Paul G. Wess, Chadron, have submitted applications for  appointment as District Judge in the 12th Judicial District consisting of Banner, Box Butte,  Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:32am
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via a telephone conference call pursuant  to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine the following:(1) Whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, a judicial vacancy exists in the office of county  court of the 4th Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Stephen M. Swartz, effective February  28, 2011, and make... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:33am
Beginning this month, young children of parents in the Douglas and Lancaster County  Family Treatment Drug Courts will receive additional child-focused services as their  parents progress through the Drug Court process.  Family Treatment Drug Courts  provide increased services and increased monitoring for parents in the child welfare  system because of their substance abuse problems. The new... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:50am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 10 th Judicial District (consisting of Adams, Clay, Fillmore,  Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster Counties) will hold a public hearing at  the Adams County Courthouse (500 West 4 th ) in the District Courtroom, 2nd floor, in Hastings,  Nebraska,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:51am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on April 27, 2011.  The principal place of office for the judicial  vacancy is Omaha.  At... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:51am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John M. Gerrard, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 12 th Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte,  Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Court Courtroom at the Box Butte County  Courthouse in Alliance,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:52am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 4 th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on April 28, 2011.  The principal place of office for the judicial  vacancy is Omaha.  At... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:53am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota,  Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District  Courtroom at the Dakota County Courthouse, 1601 Broadway, in Dakota City, Nebraska,  beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:53am
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat.  § 24-1204 to determine the following:(1) Based on the judicial workload statistics, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office  of county  court  of the 4th Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable  Thomas G.  McQuade, effective January 1, 2011, and make a recommendation to the Supreme... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:26am
LINCOLN – Michael P. Burns, Sutton; Jennifer D. Clark, Omaha; Donna S. Fegler Daiss,  Hastings; Ryan K. Forrest, Omaha; Stacy R. Nonhof, Grand Island; Michelle J. Oldham,  Hastings; Thomas S. Stewart, Kearney; Nancy G. Waldron, Exeter; and Bradley J. White,  Hastings, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 10th Judicial  District consisting of Adams, Clay, Fillmore,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:22am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial  Nominating Commission for Court of Appeals Judge in the 2nd Judicial District will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #7 (5 th Floor) at the Douglas County Courthouse, Hall of  Justice, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2011. At the hearing,  the Commission will... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:20am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the public hearing for the  Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 4 th Judicial District (Douglas County)  has been rescheduled for Friday, May 27, 2011, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST in District Court  Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha, Nebraska.  The principal place of  office for the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:03am
WHO: Judge Gary Washburn, Broken Bow – Host JudgeJudge Doug Johnson, Separate Juvenile Court – Judge TrainerWHAT:   Education Program: Helping Babies from the BenchPhase II – Advanced Topics and Implementation into Court Practice(Morning: general invitation; afternoon group: by invitation only, design local implementation of  programming) Helping Babies from the Bench is an all-day,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:04am
WHO:  Judge James Orr, County Court – Host JudgeJudge Doug Johnson, Separate Juvenile Court – Judge Trainer Kay Morrison, Clerk Magistrate – Court ContactWHAT:  Education Program: Helping Babies from the BenchPhase I – An introductory workshop: an Overview of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare Court System.Helping Babies from the Bench is an all-day, multidisciplinary training that focuses... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:05am
LINCOLN -- Greg M. Ariza, Chad M. Brown, Timothy P. Burns, Steven S. Chase, Jennifer  D. Clark, Duane C. Dougherty, William P. Dunn, Ryan K. Forrest, Brandie M. Fowler, Thomas K. Harmon, William R. Harry, Charles J. Headley, Marcela A. Keim, William J.  Lindsay Jr., Sheryl L. Lohaus, Timothy D. Mikulicz, Ralph E. Peppard, John T. Rogers,  Steven J. Twohig, all of Omaha; and Meredith O. Peterson,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:06am
LINCOLN – Greg M. Ariza, Timothy P. Burns, Steven S. Chase, Jennifer D. Clark,  Wesley S. Dodge, Duane C. Dougherty, William P. Dunn, Brandie M. Fowler, Marian G.  Heaney, Kimberly M. Pankonin, Michael W. Pirtle, Kimberley R. Taylor-Riley, Gregory M.  Thomas,  Andrew J. Wilson, Thomas J. Young, Margaret M. Zarbano, all of Omaha; David  W. Johnson, Jr., Bennington; and Meredith O. Peterson,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:06am
LINCOLN – Travis P. O’Gorman, Waverly; Paula J. Rhodes, Bridgeport; Paul B. Schaub,  Sidney; Douglas L. Warner, Scottsbluff; and Paul G. Wess, Chadron, have submitted  applications for appointment as District Judge in the 12th Judicial District consisting of  Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff,  Sheridan, and Sioux counties.  The principal... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:07am
LINCOLN – Hon. Patrick R. McDermott, Schuyler; Robert E. O’Connor, Jr., Valley;  Stephanie W. Milone, Anne Marie O’Brien, Steven J. Olson, Michael W. Pirtle, and Hon.  Gary B. Randall, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as Appeals Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District.  The vacancy is due to death of Judge Theodore  L. Carlson. The public hearing of the Judicial... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:08am
The Judicial Nominating Commission for the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County) County Court  has added attorney Aimee Bataillon as a temporary alternate member.  Bataillon will serve  during the upcoming public hearing for county judge on Friday, May 27, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.  CST in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha, Nebraska.During the hearing, the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:14am
An application from the Honorable David A. Bush, County Judge for the Ninth Judicial District  (Buffalo and Hall Counties), for disability retirement has been granted and will become effective  May 31, 2011.Bush, who turns 63 this August, has been an active member of the Nebraska County Judges  Association where he has served on several committees throughout his career.  He has also served  as... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:15am
Helping children placed outside their homes is the focus of a new website:  www.Partnering4students.orgThe web-based tool kit was built through a widespread, collaborative initiative with one goal: Better  ensure students placed outside their homes receive the best possible education to improve their future career opportunities.    State agencies and groups that work with children and youth in... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:16am
In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Statewide Coordinator of Problem-Solving Courts  Scott Carlson, has asked the Governor to designate May as National Drug and Problem-Solving  Court month in Nebraska.A public proclamation ceremony will be used as the primary vehicle to showcase drug court  efforts throughout the state. This year the ceremony will be held Wednesday morning, May 11,  ... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:17am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John M. Gerrard, the Judicial Nominating Commission for  District Judge in the 12th Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel,  Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux  counties) held its first public hearing on  April 26, 2011, regarding the qualifications of seven candidates who previously... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:18am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 4 th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011.  The principal place of office for  the judicial vacancy is Omaha... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:19am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 4 th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  The principal place of office for  the judicial vacancy is... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:54am
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 4th annual State of the Judiciary address to the  Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2011, in the Legislative Chamber.NET Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage and the  address can also be viewed online at NET's Web site: netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.  The State of the Judiciary will be... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:55pm
The Nebraska Supreme Court announces that Ms. Martha E. Brester and Ms. Lilia L. Uitts  will be sworn-in as a certified Spanish court interpreters at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21,  2010, in  Douglas County Court Courtroom #30, Hall of Justice, 17 th and Farnam, Omaha,  Nebraska.  The Honorable Stephen M. Swartz, Judge of the Douglas County Court will administer  the oath.  A reception will... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:21pm
The Tri City Legal Self-Help Center (Hastings, Grand Island, and Kearney) will be open Thursday, August 12,  2010, for a site visit from Nebraska’s Chief Justice, Mike Heavican.District Court Judge Teresa Luther and Self-Help Center coordinator, James H. Truell, will open the Center at  10:00 a.m. Thursday to provide a tour and orientation for Chief Justice Heavican and State Court Administrator... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:23pm
The Midwest Nebraska Drug Court District Eleven Probation has organized a specialized Statewide Drug Court  conference on July 21 and 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Lexington, Nebraska (Dawson County) at the Holiday Inn  Conference Center.  The conference, “Incentives and Sanctions,” is conducted by the National Associations of Drug Court  Professionals (NADCP), utilizing federal grant funding.  ... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:24pm
Lincoln -- The limit in small claims cases has been raised from $2,700 to $3,500 as of July 1,  2010.  The Nebraska Unicameral set the amount during the most recent legislative session which has raised the limit on claims by $800. The adjustment is effective July 1, 2010, through June 30,  2015.Small claims courts provide citizens of the State of Nebraska a prompt and inexpensive way to  resolve... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:25pm
The new North Central Adult Drug Court has been established to provide problem-solving court services  throughout the 15 counties of the 8th Judicial District. The court has identified the program’s first  participants, and will begin operations in O’Neill today, June 22, 2010.Problem-solving courts—most commonly known as drug courts—now established in every state in the  country, typically... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:26pm
LINCOLN -- Vance E. Haug, Chadron; Kristen D. Mickey, Scottsbluff; Stacy C.  Nossaman-Petitt, Scottsbluff; and Andrew W. Snyder, Mitchell, have submitted  applications for appointment as County Judge in the 12th Judicial District consisting of  Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff,  Sheridan, and Sioux counties.  The principal place of office... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:35pm
LINCOLN – The Nebraska Supreme Court is pleased to release the 2008-2009 Probation  System Biennial Report.  This report illustrates the accomplishments of Probation’s new evidence-based initiative. This  initiative includes full implementation of the offender assessment and reassessment tools,  progress in the development of effective case plans, the use of motivational techniques, and  ... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:41pm
When: Friday, June 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.What: Initial meeting of the Review Taskforce on the Status of Adult Guardianships and Conservatorships in  Nebraska Court SystemWhere:  Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, # 1113, First Floor, Nebraska State CapitolCommittee Members: Chair:  Senator John Wightman, Lexington Judge Susan Bazis, Omaha Judge Curtis Evans, York Judge Todd Hutton,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:42pm
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Court Judge in the 12th Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte,  Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux  Counties) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 1, 2010, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (MDT), to  be held in the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:43pm
John Dougherty, Probate Division Manager for Douglas County Court, is slated to receive the  Omaha Bar Association’s 2010 Public Service Award on May 4 th at their annual Law Day  luncheon.The award recognizes Dougherty’s tireless work within the Probate Division providing invaluable assistance to the practicing bar and to the public doing business in Omaha.  The award  is given annually to non-... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:44pm
Chief Justice Mike Heavican, in conjunction with Senator Brad Ashford, Chair of the  Unicameral’s Judiciary Committee, and Mike Kinney, President of the Nebraska State Bar Association, has appointed members to serve on a committee to review the status of adult guardianships and  conservatorships in Nebraska’s courts. The charge of the committee will be to review and recommend  any needed changes... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:45pm
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat.  § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, a judicial vacancy  exists in the office of county judge of the 12th Judicial District, due to the retirement of the  Honorable G. Glenn Camerer, effective February 1, 2010, and make a recommendation to the  Supreme Court as to the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 2:15pm
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 2:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court  Chambers of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, for former Supreme Court Justice John T.  Grant. Judge Grant, who served as a justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court from 1983 to 1993,  was living in Omaha at the time of his death, January 26, 2010. Justice Grant was appointed to the Nebraska Supreme Court... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 2:16pm
Office of Probation Administration Domestic Violence Programs Service Specialist, Toni G. Ahrendt, has been chosen to attend the National Social Work Congress in Washington, D.C.  Selected as one of 30  emerging national leaders under 30 years of age, Ahrendt will participate along with another group of  accomplished social workers between the ages of 31 and 45.  Convened and supported by 12... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:20pm
The Rural Improvement for Schooling and Employment Program (RISE) AmeriCorps, created by  Nebraska Probation in collaboration with AmeriCorps, is among 52 programs nationally highlighted in “Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps  Programs in the United States.” RISE AmeriCorps, a program supported by ServeNebraska was cited for  its... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:17pm
Nebraska’s State Probation Administrator Ellen Fabian Brokofsky assumed the position of president of the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) during its August 2010 annual meeting in Washington, DC.Currently, Brokofsky is Nebraska’s Probation Administrator under the Nebraska Supreme Court’s  Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, a position she has held since 2005.... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:58pm
LINCOLN – Geoffrey C. Hall, Blair; Timothy M. Schulz, Fremont; Kenneth J. Vampola,  Arlington; and Paul J. Vaughan, Fremont, have submitted applications for appointment as  District Judge in the 6 th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge,  Thurston, Washington counties.  The principal place of office for the judicial vacancy is    Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska. The... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:00pm
LINCOLN -- Richard A. Birch, Todd O. Engleman, Stephen W. Kay, Michael L. Nozicka,  Michael E. Piccolo, all of North Platte; and Stacy R. Nonhof of Grand Island, have submitted  applications for appointment as County Judge in the 11th Judicial District consisting of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith,  Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:01pm
Lincoln, Neb. – November 1, 2010 – The Nebraska Judicial Branch Office of Dispute  Resolution (ODR) recently addressed the common challenge of new statutory requirements with  an uncommon response -- launching a completely paperless, web-based training and reporting  system for mediators.  The new system allows mediators to report their continuing education  and biennial reports for approval, and... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:03pm
District Court Judge James E. Doyle, IV, of the Eleventh Judicial District was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Judge for  Service to the Community Award on Thursday, October 21, 2010, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s annual judicial  dinner. The award, presented by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, is the highest honor given by the Nebraska Supreme Court recognizing members of the judiciary for... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:04pm
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Everett Inbody of the Fifth Appellate Judicial District was awarded the Distinguished Judge  for Service to the Judiciary Award on Thursday, October 21, 2010, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s annual judicial  dinner. The award, presented by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, is the highest honor given by the Nebraska Supreme Court  recognizing members of the judiciary... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:05pm
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota,  Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District  Courtroom, Dodge County Courthouse, 428 North Broad Street, Fremont, Nebraska, beginning at  10:00 a.m. on Tuesday,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:06pm
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial  Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 11th Judicial District (consisting of Arthur,  Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln,  Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas Counties) will hold a public hearing in  Courtroom #1 of the Lincoln County... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:07pm
On August 27, 2010, District Court Judge John E. Samson made a written request to the Nebraska Supreme Court to relocate his office within the Sixth Judicial District from Fremont to Blair, Nebraska.  After getting  input from lawyers within the Sixth Judicial District, the Supreme Court has granted Judge Samson’s request to  relocate to Blair, Nebraska, within the Sixth Judicial District.Open... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:08pm
Lincoln, NE -- Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented nine Employee  Recognition Awards to individuals and teams on October 4, 2010, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s  second annual recognition event.The Employee Recognition Committee selected eight employees and an employee team from the  nominations submitted for the Employee Recognition Awards. Candidates for... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:09pm
Supreme Court Committee releases report recommending changes to the  Guardian and Conservator System to improve protections for the vulnerable  persons it serves. State Senator John Wightman released a comprehensive report on the Status of Adult  Guardianships and Conservatorships in Nebraska. The report is the result of a summer-long  study. In April of this year, Chief Justice Michael Heavican... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:10pm
Lincoln, NE – September 28, 2010 – A new application for the iPhone and iPad from the Nebraska Judicial System is now available from the iTunes store for free downloading. The  Nebraska Court Calendar app gives the user ability to search most District and all County Court  hearing schedules to find day, time and location information.  Searches can be done by either name or date, and previous... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:11pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska – September 07, 2010 – The newest online service provided by the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts has been recognized by the Center for Digital  Government in its annual Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA).  The Nebraska  Judicial Branch Internet Payment System (ePayments) received honorable mention in the State  Government to Citizen category. The... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:12pm
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev.  Stat. § 24-1205 to determine whether (1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any judicial district or  a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district, or (2) the judicial district  boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the district or county courts.  The Commission... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:56pm
Lincoln, Neb. – December 3, 2010 – The Nebraska Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing  Legal Education (MCLE) Commission launched a new online reporting function for attorneys on  December 1, 2010.  By noon that day, nearly 500 attorneys across the state had submitted their  reports online, no paper, and no postage.The newly activated web-based reporting system allows attorneys to report their... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:58am
Judge Reggie L. Ryder, of the Lancaster County Separate Juvenile Court, and the legal  community are sponsoring a family reunification day celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at  7:00 p.m. in the Saltdogs Stadium in honor of families who have gotten back together after being  involved with the child welfare system.Reunification is a key priority for the court system; and is the preferred... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:57am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will  hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building,  Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  The primary place of  office for the judicial... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:42am
Who: Chief Justice Mike Heavican Central Mediation CenterBuffalo County Judges and Probation What: Mediation Award and Community Visit When:August 22, 2011Where:10:30 a.m. to Noon – 204 East 25th Street, Suite 5; Kearney, NE1:30 p.m. – 1512 Central Avenue; Kearney, NELINCOLN -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican will travel to the Central Mediation Center in Kearney for an open house and celebration... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:41am
 Who: Chief Justice Mike Heavican Nebraska Justice CenterDodge County Judges and Probation What: Mediation Award and Community Visit When:August 17, 2011Where:11:00 a.m. to Noon – Dodge County Courthouse, 435 North Park, 3rd Floor;  Fremont, NE – moving to 4 th floor for the reception following ceremonyLINCOLN -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican will travel to the Nebraska Justice Center in Fremont  ... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:40am
Who: Chief Justice Mike Heavican The Resolution CenterGage County Judges and Probation What: Mediation Award and Community Visit When:August 26, 2011Where:10:00 a.m. to Noon – 2205 North 6th Street, Suite 11; Beatrice, NE (inside Indian Creek Mall)1:30 p.m. – 612 Grant Street; Beatrice, NELINCOLN -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican will travel to The Resolution Center in Beatrice for an open house and... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:38am
Who: Chief Justice Mike Heavican The Mediation CenterLancaster County Judges and Probation What: Mediation Award and Community Visit When:August 25, 2011Where:10:30 a.m. to Noon – 610 ‘J’ Street, Suite 100; Lincoln, NE (Mediation) 2:00 p.m. Trabert hall, 2202 South 11 th St, 4 th Floor; Lincoln, NE (Probation)LINCOLN -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican will visit The Mediation Center in Lincoln for an... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:23am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 9th Judicial District (consisting of Buffalo and Hall Counties)  will hold a public hearing in Courtroom #1 at the Hall County Courthouse, 111 West First Street, in Grand Island, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  The  principal place of... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:22am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for County Judge in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Courtroom #1 at the Hall of Justice in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00  a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  The principal place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County,... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:21am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial  Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 11th Judicial District (consisting of Arthur,  Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln,  Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas Counties) will hold a public hearing in  Courtroom #1 of the Lincoln County... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 1:18pm
Nebraska Probation System was awarded the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA)  prestigious PRESIDENT’S AWARD for development and implementation of Nebraska’s unique Specialized  Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) Program.  Nebraska’s one-of-a-kind program provides felony drug  offenders who are either headed for or released from prison the opportunity to address their substance... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:43am
Who: Chief Justice Mike Heavican Concord CenterDouglas County Judges and Probation What: Mediation Center Award and Community Visit When:August 23, 2011 Where:10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – 9802 Nicholas Street, Suite 375 (Concord)2:00 p.m. – 1709 Jackson Street; Omaha, NE (Reporting Center) LINCOLN -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican will travel to the Concord Center in Omaha for an  open house and... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:44am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will  hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building,  Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  The primary place of office for the judicial... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:45am
LINCOLN –  William J. Birkel, Dirk V. Block, Daniel R. Fridrich, Patrick L. Tripp, all of  Omaha; Thomas E. Stine, Anne E. Winner, both of Lincoln; and Meredith O. Peterson,  Pinedale, Wyoming, have submitted applications for appointment as Workers’  Compensation Court Judge.  The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Michael P.  Cavel.The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:56am
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat.  § 24-1204 to determine the following:(1) Based on the judicial workload statistics, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office  of  district court  of the  3rd  Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable  Jeffre  Cheuvront, effective July 31, 2011, and make a recommendation to the Supreme... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:55am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John F. Wright, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court will hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court courtroom, 2 nd Floor, Nebraska State Capitol, 1445 K Street, in Lincoln,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011.  At the hearing, the  Commission will receive information on the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:55am
LINCOLN – Leslie S. Donley, Andrew R. Jacobsen, Nicole A. Miller, Stephanie F. Stacy, Hon. Susan I. Strong, all of Lincoln; and Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale, Wyoming, have  submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 3rd Judicial District  (Lancaster County).  The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln,  Lancaster County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:54am
LINCOLN -- The swearing-in ceremony of Judge Michael W. Pirtle as a Judge  representing the 2nd Judicial District, Nebraska Court of Appeals, will take place at 3:00  p.m. on August 10, 2011, in the Warner Legislative Chamber of the Nebraska State  Capitol.Lincoln lawyer Timothy Engler will open the ceremony, Justice Michael McCormack will  administer the oath of office, and Chief Judge of the... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:51am
Williamsburg, Va. (Aug. 1, 2011) — Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican has been appointed to  the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the  administration of justice through leadership and service to the nation’s state courts. He will serve a fouryear term.“Since his appointment to Nebraska’s highest bench in 2006, Chief... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:51am
Due to potential flooding, the original site in North Platte, Nebraska, for the video  conference meeting of the Judicial Resources Commission is no longer available. Any  member of the public wishing to attend the meeting in North Platte the video conference  site will now be at the North Platte High School, Distance Learning Lab, Room 1519,  1220 West 2nd Street, North Platte, Nebraska.  The... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:50am
WHO:  Judge Mac Martin, County Court – Host JudgeJudge Doug Johnson, Separate Juvenile Court – Judge TrainerWHAT:  Education Program: Helping Babies from the BenchPhase I – An introductory workshop: an Overview of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare  Court System.Helping Babies from the Bench is an all-day, multidisciplinary training that focuses on infants and  toddlers in the abuse/... read more...
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 8:46am
Lincoln, NE – The State of Nebraska has just made it easier for attorneys to conduct  business with the state with the launch of the Nebraska.gov Attorney Portal,  www.nebraska.gov/attorney/.  The new site brings together varying state entity online  services, in order that they may be accessed quickly and easily from a single web page.  The Attorney Portal was built by the State’s official web... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:49am
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for District Judge in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County) will hold a public  hearing in District Court Courtroom #1 at the Douglas County Hall of Justice in Omaha,  Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.  The principal place of  office for the judicial vacancy is... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:46am
Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska Trial Courts hearing calendar search is now available as a free download for Android phones from the Android Market. This mobile application was previously developed for the iPhone and iPad and is also still available for download from iTunes at no charge. (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nebraska-court-calendar/id393125080?mt=8)The Nebraska Court Calendar app gives the... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:42am
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting pursuant to Neb.  Rev. Stat. § 24-1205 to determine whether (1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any  judicial district or a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district, or (2) the  judicial district boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the  district or county courts. The Commission... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:37am
Lincoln -- Nebraska’s trial judges’ associations installed new presidents during their annual  meetings in Lincoln, October 21, 2011. Judge W. Mark Ashford, Omaha, is president of the  District Judges’ Association; Judge James M. Worden, Gering, is president of the County  Judges’ Association; and, Judge Vernon Daniels, Omaha, is President of the Separate Juvenile  Judges Association. Each... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:34am
LINCOLN – Michelle T. Byrnes, Wesley S. Dodge, Kim B. Hawekotte, David W. Johnson  Jr., Patrick W. Meyer, Kristina B. Murphree, Kimberly M. Pankonin, Kimberley R. TaylorRiley, Michelle (Shelly) R. Stratman, and Margaret M. Zarbano, all of Omaha, have  submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 4th Judicial District  (Douglas County).  The principal place of office for the... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:33am
Nebraska Deputy Interstate Compact Administrator Kari Rumbaugh, Lincoln, received the prestigious 2011 Interstate Compact Executive Director's Award in recognition of her  outstanding work for the Adult Interstate Compact System.The recipient of the Executive Director’s Award exhibits outstanding leadership skills and  dedication to the Interstate Commission through extraordinary service. This... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:29am
A memorial service will be held on December 9, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court Chambers of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, for former Chief Justice William C. Hastings.Justice Hastings died July 17, 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 89.  He was appointed  Lancaster County District Court Judge in 1965 and to the Supreme Court of Nebraska in 1979.   He was appointed Chief... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:51am
Lincoln, NE – Twenty-eight new probation officers were sworn-in by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief  Justice Mike Heavican on September 28, 2011.The ceremony took place in the Warner Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln in front of an  audience of family, friends, and fellow Judicial Branch employees.All probation officers taking their oath of office have completed extensive training and... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:50am
Lincoln, NE -- Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented nine Employee  Recognition Awards to individuals and teams on September 30, 2011, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s  third annual recognition event.The Employee Recognition Committee selected eight employees and an employee team from the nominations  submitted for the Employee Recognition Awards. Candidates for... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:01am
CONTACT: Judge Larry Gendler1210 Golden Gate DrivePapillion, NE 68046(402) 593-2217Dr. Victoria WeiszCenter on Children, Families,and the Law; University of Nebraska-Lincoln(402) 472-9814vweisz1@unl.eduWHO: 2011 Regional Conferences - Through the Eyes of the Child Initiativehttp://throughtheeyes.org/files/2011_RC_Agenda_web.pdfWHEN:   September 23, 2011 / 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.8:00 a.m. – Check-... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:02am
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via a telephone conference  call pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload  statistics, a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the 4th Judicial District, due to  the retirement  of the Honorable John D. Hartigan, Jr., effective  August 6, 2011, and make a  ... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:57am
LOCAL CONTACT:Judge Donna Taylor501 MainNeligh, NE 68756(402) 887-4650CONTACTS:Judge Larry Gendler1210 Golden Gate DrivePapillion, NE 68046(402) 593-2217Dr. Victoria WeiszCenter on Children, Families,and the Law; University of Nebraska-Lincoln(402) 472-9814vweisz1@unl.eduWHO: 2011 Regional Conferences - Through the Eyes of the Child Initiativehttp://throughtheeyes.org/files/2011_RC_Agenda_web.... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:57am
LOCAL CONTACT:Judge Carlton Clark700 N. WashingtonLexington, NE 68850(308) 324-5606CONTACTS:Judge Larry Gendler1210 Golden Gate DrivePapillion, NE 68046(402) 593-2217Dr. Victoria WeiszCenter on Children, Families,and the Law; UNL(402) 472-9814vweisz1@unl.eduWHO: 2011 Regional Conferences - Through the Eyes of the Child Initiativehttp://throughtheeyes.org/files/2011_RC_Agenda_web.pdfWHEN:  ... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:56am
LOCAL CONTACT:Judge Kristen Mickey1725 10th StreetGering, NE 69341(308) 436-6648CONTACTS:Judge Larry Gendler1210 Golden Gate DrivePapillion, NE 68046(402) 593-2217Dr. Victoria WeiszCenter on Children, Families,and the Law; University of Nebraska-Lincoln(402) 472-9814vweisz1@unl.eduWHO: 2011 Regional Conferences - Through the Eyes of the Child Initiativehttp://throughtheeyes.org/files/... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:55am
LINCOLN – Chief Justice Mike Heavican is pleased to announce the addition of Victoria  Welles to the roster of Nebraska Supreme Court Certified Court Interpreters. Welles is  the first Nebraska court interpreter to be certified as a Russian interpreter.  Currently  Nebraska interpreters have been certified in Spanish, Mandarin-Chinese and American Sign language.  "We are honored to have Ms.... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:54am
LINCOLN – Amy G. Jacobsen, Andrew R. Jacobsen, Stephanie F. Stacy, Hon. Susan I.  Strong, all of Lincoln; and Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale, Wyoming, have submitted  applications for appointment as District Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (Lancaster  County).  The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County,  Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:54am
LINCOLN – Richard A. Birch, Rebecca R. Harling, Michael L. Nozicka, all of North Platte;  Brian J. Lockwood, Scottsbluff; and Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale, Wyoming, have  submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 11th Judicial District consisting  of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith,  Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:53am
LINCOLN – Greg M. Ariza, Mark L. Boyer, Jonathon D. Crosby, William P. Dunn, Thomas  K. Harmon, William R. Harry, Charles J. Headley, John J. Kohl, James R. Kozel, Michael  D. Nelson, John T. Rogers, Kevin J. Slimp, Michelle (Shelly) R. Stratman, Steven J.  Twohig, all of Omaha; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; and Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale,  Wyoming, have submitted applications for appointment as... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:53am
Creighton University School of Law hosted the Nebraska Supreme Court’s orientation for court  interpreters on September 10 and 11, 2011.Twenty-three prospective interpreters attended orientation in the Doyle Trial Courtroom. They included  speakers of Spanish, Arabic, Nuer, Mandarin, French, Serbian, and Croatian. The class was taught by  Federally Certified Spanish Interpreters Laura Garcia-Hein... read more...
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:52am
LINCOLN – Jerom E. Janulewicz, Stacy R. Nonhof, Gail A. VerMaas, Arthur S. Wetzel,  all of Grand Island; Denise D. Myers, Cairo; and Meredith O. Peterson, Pinedale,  Wyoming, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 9th  Judicial District consisting of Buffalo and Hall counties.  The principal place of office for  the judicial vacancy is Grand Island, Hall County,... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:54pm
LINCOLN  -- According to Supreme Court Justice  John F. Wright, the Judicial Nominating  Commission for Supreme Court Justice in the Third Judicial District will hold a public hearing in  the County Boardroom of the Dodge County Courthouse in Fremont, Nebraska, at 11:00 a.m. on  Thursday, March 15, 2012.    At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the  qualifications of... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:52pm
February 3, 2012David Urbom to Serve as District Court Presiding Judge for the 11th Judicial District in  2012Judge David W. Urbom has been named District Court Presiding Judge of the 11th Judicial  District (Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker,  Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas Counties) beginning  January 2012.Judge... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:36pm
Lincoln -- Lancaster County Court Judge Jean Lovell is retiring May 1, 2012 after more than 13  years on the bench.  She recently submitted a resignation letter to the Governor, indicating her plan to step down May  1, 2012. In her letter she noted, “It has been my pleasure to serve as Lancaster County Court  Judge since January 1, 1999.”The first step in replacing Judge Lovell will be for the... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:16am
Committee to gain national spotlight as it hosts the 24th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts in Omaha May 9-12, 2012.
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 1:17pm
February 8, 2012Omaha Judge Gary Randall Appointed to National Task Force on Judicial Branch FundingDouglas County District Court Judge Gary Randall has been appointed to the American Bar  Association (ABA) Task Force on Preservation of the Justice system. Randall is the only sitting  judge on the task force and represents state court judges throughout the U.S. Other members  include individuals... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 1:07pm
February 24, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFive Submit their Names for Supreme Court Justice, Third Judicial DistrictLINCOLN – Hon. William B. Cassel, O’Neill; Francie C. Riedmann, Omaha; Hon. John E.  Samson, Blair; Hon. Kenneth J. Vampola, Arlington; and Margaret M. Zarbano, Omaha, have  submitted applications for appointment as Supreme Court Justice in the 3rd Judicial District.  The  vacancy is... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:54pm
Lincoln -- Douglas County District Court Judge J. Patrick Mullen is retiring effective June 1, 2012  after 36 years of service to the State of Nebraska, with 26 of those years on the Douglas County  District Court bench.In his resignation letter to the Governor he noted, “It is and has been my privilege to serve in this  (judicial) capacity for the last 26 years, and I wish to express my... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:44pm
March 8, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via a telephone conference  call pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine the following:(1) Whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, a judicial vacancy exists in the  office of county court of the 3rd Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Jean A.  Lovell,... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:38pm
March 19, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 9, 2012, Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Third Judicial DistrictLINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:55pm
Justice John Gerrard has resigned his office as a judge of the Nebraska Supreme Court  effective February 5, 2012, to accept his appointment as a federal judge for the United  States District Court, District of Nebraska.  In his letter of resignation to Governor Dave Heineman, Justice Gerrard noted, “It has  been my honor, and a privilege, to serve the citizens of Nebraska as a Supreme Court  ... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:57pm
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 5th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at  10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2012, in the Legislative Chamber.NET Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage and the address  can also be viewed online at NET's Web site: http://www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html.  The State of the... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:59pm
Judge Curtis Maschman has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 1st Judicial  District (Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the  nomination of Judge Maschman, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court  judges for the leadership position.Judge Maschman has served on the... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:47pm
Lincoln, NE– Nebraska County Courts have added probate case filings to the list of case types  available through the court’s Internet-based filing system. Probate e-filing is now offered for  existing cases in the areas of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and trusts. Nebraska  attorneys can submit their filings to any of the 93 county courts in the state via the Nebraska  Judicial Branch... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:42pm
Judge Kris Mickey has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 12th Judicial  District (Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill,  Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska  Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Mickey, whose name was submitted  by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:26pm
Judge Michael Piccolo has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 11th Judicial District (Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes,  Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and  Thomas Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Piccolo, whose name was submitted by his fellow county... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:21pm
Judge Michael Offner has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 10th Judicial  District (Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and  Webster Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the  nomination of Judge Offner, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court  judges for the leadership position. Judge Offner was appointed... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:17pm
Judge Graten Beavers has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 9th Judicial  District (Buffalo and Hall Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme  Court approved the nomination of Judge Beavers, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.Judge Beavers has served on the county court bench in Kearney since 1991 after 17 years  of... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:06pm
Judge James J. Orr has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 8thJudicial  District (Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya  Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler Counties) beginning January 2012.    The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Orr, whose name was  submitted by his fellow county court judges for the third... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:02pm
Judge Susan Bazis has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County) beginning January 1, 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme Court  approved the nomination of Judge Bazis, whose name was submitted by her fellow  county court judges for the third consecutive year.Judge Bazis has served on the county court bench in Douglas County since taking the  bench in April... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:01pm
Judge John Steinheider has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 2nd Judicial  District (Cass, Sarpy, and Otoe Counties) beginning January 2012.   The Nebraska  Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Steinheider, whose name was  submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.Judge Steinheider has served on the county court bench in Nebraska City since... read more...
Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 3:04pm
Judge Curtis Evans has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 5th Judicial  District (Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Seward, & York  counties) beginning January 1, 2012.   The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the  nomination of Judge Evans, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges  for the leadership position.Judge Evans was appointed... read more...

General Release

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:40am
Douglas County Court Judge Susan Bazis was awarded Distinguished Judge for  Service to the Community and the Judges of the Nebraska Court of Appeals were  awarded Distinguished Judge for Service to the Judiciary on Thursday, October 20,  2011.  The awards, presented by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, are the highest honor  given by the Nebraska Supreme Court recognizing members of the judiciary for... read more...