Media Releases

Media Releases

Chief Heavican greeting legislators
January 18, 2019
Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave his 2019 State of the Judiciary speech to the Nebraska Legislature on January 17, 2019. During his presentation he highlighted the work of probation, court technology, language access, guardian-conservator services, and the Court’s program for educational outreach. The Chief Justice outlined the pivotal role that courts and probation play in justice reinvestment and the dynamic initiatives that the Nebraska Supreme Court has implemented to increase access to the...Read more
January 15, 2019
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chamber of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68183 For Veterans Treatment Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Veterans Treatment Court Judge James T. Gleason will host the ceremony. The...Read more
Minardi named probation administrator
January 7, 2019
The Nebraska Supreme Court announces the appointment of Ms. Deborah (Deb) Minardi as Nebraska’s new State Probation Administrator. Minardi, the sixth administrator in sixty years, will direct the statewide delivery of all juvenile and adult probation services in Nebraska. The appointment is effective immediately. Minardi has worked in Nebraska Probation for 39 years, most recently serving as Deputy Administrator responsible for statewide evidence-based programs and services. Her programs...Read more
January 4, 2019
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 12th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Legislative Chamber. Nebraska Educational Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage which can be viewed online at: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html (link will appear as: Unicameral: Legislative Session). The Chief Justice gives the State of the Judiciary address at the invitation of the...Read more
January 3, 2019
This year’s Office of Public Guardian Annual Report focuses on two main goals: To provide the public and governmental officials with data about Nebraska’s public guardianships and to give voice to the untold stories of wards and protected persons who are reflected individually in the data. In past years, because the Office of Public Guardian was a new entity to Nebraska, the annual report included development, implementation and program information about the Office of Public Guardian. This year...Read more
December 21, 2018
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 25, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska. The purpose of the hearing is to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206, whether judicial vacancies exist in the following locations: 1. Office of county court of the 11th Judicial District, due to the appointment of Judge Michael E. Piccolo to district court judge, effective December 14, 2018, and if...Read more
December 21, 2018
Improving the trust and confidence of Nebraska’s Native American communities in the court system is the primary goal of a grant received by the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. The Commission is co-chaired by Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Stacy and Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Director Liz Neeley. It is one of six recipients of a National Center for State Courts Public Engagement grant. Nebraska’s public engagement initiative is designed to: Improve Native...Read more
December 20, 2018
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York County will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 4, 2019, at 2:15 p.m. in the York County District Courtroom, 510 N. Lincoln Ave., York, Nebraska. For Problem-Solving Court graduates, this ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge James Stecker will host the ceremony and will deliver the...Read more
December 19, 2018
The Nebraska Judicial Branch is hosting a national summit on pandemic preparation in Spring of 2019 which will coincide with the opening of The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness. The summit will bring together health officials, chief justices, court administrators and members of the legislative and executive branches across the nation to discuss ways in which a pandemic outbreak will be addressed by the court system and other...Read more
Court & Probation offices closed December 24, 2018
December 19, 2018
Nebraska state courts and probation offices will close Monday, December 24, 2018, in accordance with the Governor’s proclamation issued December 19, 2018. All state offices will close per declaration of the Governor. Anyone having business with the courts or probation on December 24 should call prior traveling to the courthouse or office.Read more

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