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Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:03am
LINCOLN – Michael S. Borders, Gary G. Peterson, and Tami K. Schendt, all of Broken  Bow, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 8th Judicial  District consisting of Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard,  Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties.  The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Broken Bow,... read more...
Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 - 8:56am
 LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 8th Judicial District (consisting of Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Courtroom at the ­­­­Custer County Courthouse located in... read more...
Posted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 9:35am
 Lincoln -- Larry Dix, Executive Director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO), was presented with an award of recognition by the Nebraska Chief Justice during the state judges’ leadership meeting on May 21, 2012 in Lincoln.  Chief Justice Mike Heavican invited Mr. Dix to the Annual Judicial Branch Leadership Meeting as a guest speaker to discuss core government-to-government... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:47am
 Judge Susan Bazis has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 4 th Judicial District (Douglas County) beginning January 1, 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Bazis, whose name was submitted by her fellow county court judges for the leadership position.  Judge Bazis has served on the county court bench in Douglas County since taking the bench in April 2007.... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:52am
Nebraska’s state court system will remain open for the full work day on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve day. The day is considered a ‘judicial day’ as set out by Nebraska law and, as a  result, the state courts and probation offices will remain open the full work day.
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:55am
 (Lincoln, NE) – November 23, 2009 – A new Legal Self-Help Center is opening Fridays beginning December 4 in the Hall County Courthouse.   The office is designed to provide legal information to individuals who are representing themselves in civil matters before the courts.  “While the Self-Help Desk is not a substitute for representation by a lawyer, the reality is that many individuals appear in... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:59am
 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 Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:09am
 Sarpy County Court Judge Robert Wester was awarded Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community and Adams County Court Judge Michael Offner was awarded Distinguished Judge for Service to the Judiciary on Thursday, October 15, 2009. The award, presented by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, is the highest honor given by the Nebraska Supreme Court recognizing members of the judiciary for meritorious... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:12am
 Gene Cotter has been appointed the new Chief Probation Officer for the adult probation office in Lincoln effective October 13, 2009.  Cotter began his employment with the Nebraska Probation System as a probation officer in Gering in August 1990 and transferred to Lincoln as an intensive supervision probation officer in 1995. He was appointed as a Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS)... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:13am
 As the mandatory education requirement for lawyers approaches, the Dawson County District Court responds by providing the first regional educational seminar offered to area lawyers. The earliest opportunity lawyers have to begin earning their mandatory education credit is October 1, 2009. Judge Jim Doyle will hold the area seminar on the professional responsibilities of lawyers on October 9,... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:17am
 Red Willow County Court Judge Anne Paine, McCook, was presented the Judge Child Champion Award on September 11, 2009, during the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative recognition luncheon. The award, presented by former Chief Justice John Hendry who founded the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative recognizes individuals with particular dedication and service in improving the court system... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:20am
 Lincoln, NE -- Chief Justice Mike Heavican of the Nebraska Supreme Court presented Carol Stitt, Executive Director Nebraska Foster Care Review Board, with the Chief Justice’s Child Advocacy Award for her for contributions to the Nebraska judicial system as an advocate for children.  The award was presented September 10, during the 2009 Nebraska Children’s Summit in Grand Island. The Summit,... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:25am
 Lincoln, NE -- Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented nine Court Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and teams on September 3, 2009, during the Nebraska Supreme Court’s first annual recognition luncheon.  The purpose of the program is to provide a tool to recognize ongoing court and probation employee dedication, acknowledge exemplary contributions, and... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:26am
 STEVE ROWOLDT, Former Chief Probation Officer in Lincoln, has been selected to fill the new position of Deputy Probation Administrator / Field Services for the Office of Probation Administration effective September 1, 2009.  He brings to the position a commitment of 35 years working in the Nebraska Probation System; having served as Chief Probation Officer for the Adult Probation Office in... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:30am
 The Nebraska Supreme Court announces that Mr. Luis Sanchez, Alliance, Nebraska, will be sworn-in as a certified Spanish court interpreter at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2009, in the Box Butte County Courtroom in Alliance, Nebraska. The Honorable Brian Silverman, Judge of the District Court will preside over the swearing-in ceremony. Senator LeRoy Louden will to attend and offer remarks to... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:46am
 Judge Laurie Yardley has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 3rd Judicial District (Lancaster County) beginning January 1, 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Yardley, whose name was submitted by her fellow county court judges for the leadership position.  Judge Yardley has served on the county court bench in Lancaster County since taking the bench in... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:45am
 Judge C. Matthew Samuelson has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 6 th Judicial District (Cedar, Dodge, Dakota, and Washington Counties) beginning January 1, 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Samuelson, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.  Judge Samuelson has served on the county court bench in 6th... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:44am
 LINCOLN – The Nebraska Supreme Court announces that five interpreters have successfully passed the oral certification exam to qualify as Nebraska Supreme Court Certified Court Interpreters. Four of the five interpreters are certified for interpretation in the Spanish language, one interpreter is certified in Mandarin-Chinese.  Interpreters Shelly Hodges, Sioux City, Iowa; Karen Bahr, Omaha;... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:59am
 
The swearing-in ceremony of William B. Cassel as a Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court representing the 3rd Judicial District will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012, in the Warner Legislative Chamber 2nd Floor, Nebraska State Capitol. Eight years ago on January 30, 2004, Cassel was sworn-in as a Court of Appeals Judge representing the 3rd Judicial District in the same chamber.... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:11am
 
The Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution kicked off the celebration of mediation month  in Nebraska with a proclamation signing by Governor Dave Heineman at the State Capitol the morning  of March 10. The ceremony, attended by mediation professionals and supporters, recognized more  than 18 years of conflict resolution services provided by the Nebraska Office of Dispute... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:13am
Understanding that it is often cost prohibitive for parents to request the assistance of an attorney each time they leave their children in the care of a relative or friend, the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Committee on Pro Se (self-help) Litigation has developed a free online form with instructions. 
 
The ‘Temporary Delegation of Parental Powers’ form is provided to people who wish to grant... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:17am
In an effort to provide more efficient services to the public, the Lancaster County Court is eliminating courtroom waiting time for individuals who receive traffic tickets with an option to pay a fine. 
 
Individuals who receive “waiverable” traffic citations (tickets that can be taken care of by paying a fine), can now report to the Clerk of the County Court rather than waiting in a courtroom... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:28am
 Contact: Carmen Easley / Director of Marketing and Operations / (402) 471-2154 / carmen@nicusa.com LINCOLN, Nebraska – March 04, 2010 – For the past two years, the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts has coordinated a massive effort to institute the technology and training necessary to provide electronic court document filing for attorneys, as well as electronic court payments for... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:30am
 In order to conserve limited funds, the Nebraska Supreme Court has cancelled state-funded education meetings for judges and staff this spring and summer.  Appellate-level judges typically attend a continuing education seminar in April. County, District and Separate Juvenile Court Judges traditionally hold meetings in June with court reporters and Clerk Magistrates are provided with continuing... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:31am
 Judge Gerald R. Jorgensen, Jr., has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 9th Judicial District (Buffalo and Hall Counties) for 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Jorgensen, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.  Judge Jorgensen has served on the county court bench in the 9th Judicial District since taking... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:32am
 An application from the Honorable G. Glenn Camerer, County Judge for the Twelfth County Court Judicial District, for disability retirement has been granted and will become effective February 1, 2010.  Camerer, who will turn 65 this May, is widely credited with starting problem-solving courts in Scotts Bluff County including juvenile, adult, and a family drug courts. Camerer has, for several... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:33am
 Judge James J. Orr has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 8 th Judicial District (Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler Counties) beginning January 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Orr, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:34am
 Judge Russell W. Harford 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 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Harford, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:38am
 Judge Anne Paine 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 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Paine, whose name was submitted by her fellow county court... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:38am
 Judge J. Patrick McArdle has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 1st Judicial District (Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties) beginning January 2010.  The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge McArdle, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position.  Judge McArdle has served on the... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:41am
 The county court judges and staff 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), are the first courts in a multi-county district to implement e-filing system throughout their judicial  district.  “This is an incredible achievement, particularly given... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 9:42am
 LINCOLN – Chief Justice Mike Heavican is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Claudio Huang to the roster of Nebraska Supreme Court Certified Court Interpreters. Huang is the first Nebraska court interpreter to be certified for a language other than Spanish or American-Sign language. He is one of only 14 interpreters in the United States who has passed the test for certification as a Mandarin... read more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:44am
 
Lincoln – Judge of the District Court, 7th Judicial District, Robert Ensz, is retiring effective October 31, 2012 after two decades of service on the district court bench in Wayne, Nebraska and surrounding area.
In his resignation letter to the Governor Judge Ensz noted, “I have been honored to serve the State of Nebraska as a District Judge during the past 21 years.”
As his legacy, Ensz leaves... read more...