Judge Michael P. Burns has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 10th Judicial District (Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster Counties) for the year 2014. The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Burns, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the leadership position for the second consecutive year.
Judge Burns was appointed to serve on the county court bench in 2011 after 19 years of practicing law. He has served as a temporary special prosecutor and deputy county attorney. Burns serves on the Nebraska County Judges Education Committee and Education Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts.
As presiding judge, Judge Burns has primary responsibility for overseeing the delivery of county court services within his judicial district. Judge Burns will also serve as the liaison to other agencies of local and state government for the courts of the district and to the Nebraska State Bar Association and the press.
Presiding judges also bear the responsibility for overseeing personnel matters for the district and provide county courts in the area with direction in matters of local district policy.