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December 13, 2023
Lancaster County Court Judicial Administrator Becky Bruckner submitted her notice of retirement effective December 6, 2023, after just over 20 years of service to the courts. “Becky has seen Lancaster County Court through tremendous challenges in her 20 years at the helm,” commented Nebraska Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. “The court saw increased reliance in technology and extensive new programs developed to meet the needs of the court and court users, changes to records...Read more
December 13, 2023
The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) has published its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report. The annual report provides an overview of mediation and restorative justice in Nebraska, including services provided by the approved mediation centers, and highlights a case in which restorative justice was used for a truancy case that was referred by a county attorney. The annual report also provides aggregate case statistics for all case types from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and concludes with...Read more
Delgado
December 7, 2023
Awarded to: Hazel Delgado , AOCP Director of Research and Data – Lancaster County Hazel Delgado, exhibits exceptional leadership by innovatively handling data requests, fostering cooperation, and embracing emerging technologies. She streamlined data processing, ensuring efficiency and equity. Hazel promotes professionalism, inclusivity, and dynamic engagement with social dynamics. Her strategic management adheres to best practices, and she actively contributes to academic and professional...Read more
December 6, 2023
Lindsay Meister was sworn-in as Clerk Magistrate of the Platte County Court in Columbus on December 5, 2023. She will work in Columbus for Judge Denise Kracl, and under the general direction of county court judges of the 5th District: Lynelle Homolka, Andrew Lange, C. Jo Petersen, and Stephen Twiss. As clerk, Meister is responsible for providing public service and managing the records, finances, and general operation of the courts. She will also work with the Administrative Office of the Courts...Read more
Records Team
November 22, 2023
The Lancaster County District Court Records Team, comprised of Rachael Boyd, Scott Brunsing, and Alexis McQueen, consistently surpasses expectations in their Records Retention projects. Their dedication goes beyond their daily job duties, as they willingly step in for their colleagues and handle multiple simultaneous projects, including tasks like managing docket sheets, digitizing microfilm, overseeing Grand Jury records, updating unnumbered files, and ensuring the proper management and return...Read more
November 22, 2023
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented Judicial Branch Recognition Awards to individuals and team members on November 20, 2023, during the Nebraska Judicial Branch’s 15 th annual recognition event. The Employee Recognition Committee selected 11 individuals and three teams from the nominations submitted. Candidates for the awards were chosen and nominated by their supervisors and colleagues in their courts and probation offices. The program aims to recognize the...Read more
November 20, 2023
Matthew Neher of Lexington was appointed district court judge for the Eleventh Judicial District (Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Furnas, Frontier, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas counties). Since 2011, Neher has served in the Dawson County Attorney’s Office, most recently as the chief deputy county attorney. His areas of experience have included criminal law as well as civil litigation. Prior to joining the county attorney’s...Read more
November 17, 2023
The Court of Appeals' November Kearney panel with Judges Frankie Moore, Mike Pirtle, and David Arterburn, extended a personal invitation to Charles Rowling, Director of the Kearney Law Opportunities Program (KLOP), to bring his pre-law students to the court's argument sessions held mid-month at the Buffalo County courthouse. KLOP, a collaborative initiative between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska College of Law, is designed to recruit high school students...Read more
November 17, 2023
Beau Finley of Omaha was appointed county court judge for the Fourth Judicial District of Nebraska on November 16, 2023. According to Gov. Pillen’s office, Finley is a defense attorney with experience in criminal, juvenile, and civil law. He started his career as a public defender in Douglas County. Later, he joined the law offices of Davis & Finley and Finley & Kahler. Finley received his juris doctor from the Nebraska College of Law. He fills the vacancy due to the appointment of...Read more
November 17, 2023
The Office of Judicial Branch Education (JBE) expanded education space to include the second floor of the building directly across the parking lot to the north of the current building. The early November expansion allows for four (4) additional conference rooms, the largest of which, the “Cottonwood,” can comfortably accommodate more than 60 people. The expansion reduces the need for renting space from private facilities and allow JBE to accommodate the increasing need for meeting and training...Read more

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