Media Releases

Media Releases

July 16, 2018
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. central daylight time, 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 3 rd Judicial District, due to the appointment of John R. Freudenberg to the Nebraska Supreme Court, effective...Read more
July 13, 2018
In a report released this week the Nebraska Judiciary, Deputy Probation Administrator, Deb Minardi provided a written review of Nebraska’s current criminal justice reform efforts. The report, presented to the Nebraska Supreme Court in an administrative briefing last month, includes a 2016/2017 court data comparison and trend analysis. In the report Minardi noted that the current sentencing data “reflects very encouraging progress consistent with the legislative intent.” The Nebraska Legislature...Read more
June 28, 2018
After 11 years on the bench, William T. Wright, district court judge of the 9th Judicial District, is retiring effective September 30, 2018. He was appointed to the district court bench in Hall and Buffalo Counties in 2007. According to Wright, “Drug Court has, by far, been the most proactive and successful program in which I have been involved, thanks largely to the efforts of an incredible staff.” Fellow District Court Judge John Marsh observed that Wright brought a great deal of skill and...Read more
June 25, 2018
The Douglas County District Court Adult Drug Court will hold its 101 st graduation ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, 1819 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge Gregory Schatz will host the ceremony. Drug Court is a minimum 18-month program where...Read more
June 18, 2018
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on Wednesday June 27th, 2018 at 10:00 a.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, W. Mark Ashford, will host the ceremony. Guest...Read more
June 13, 2018
Nebraska’s longest serving sitting district court judge Donald E. Rowlands is retiring July 31, 2018. Rowlands has served the citizens of the State of Nebraska in the 11th Judicial District since taking the bench on April 25, 1986. In his letter of retirement, Rowlands noted, “Being a trial judge for the past 32 years has been the highlight of my legal career, and I owe a debt of gratitude to former Governor Robert Kerrey who selected me at the age of 36 from a group of outstanding attorneys...Read more
June 8, 2018
Reporters: The Judicial Nominating Commission for District Court, 5th Judicial District, is anticipating uploading a media release to the Judicial Branch Website before close of business today. If you are interested in reviewing the information, please check the front page of our website before 5:00 p.m. Central Time: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/ You will receive the same media release through the auto-send feature at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.Read more
June 8, 2018
LINCOLN – Krista M. Carlson, Ashland; Ryan C. Gilbride, Lincoln; Demetria W. Herman, Omaha; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Denise J. Kracl, Schuyler; Patrick M. Lee, Kearney; Christina M. Marroquin, Seward; Timothy P. Matas, Columbus; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; Jason D. Mielak, Columbus; and Dale M. Shotkoski, Fremont, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 5th Judicial District consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward...Read more
May 31, 2018
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 5th Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Court Courtroom, Saunders County Law Enforcement and Judicial Center, 387 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo, Nebraska, beginning at 1:30 p.m., on June 29, 2018. The primary place of office for the...Read more
May 29, 2018
In a continuing effort to evaluate progress and needed next steps towards full implementation of Nebraska’s Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, State Probation Administration recently undertook a comprehensive review of Lancaster County’s juvenile probation system. The review, completed by the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, focused primarily on the probation work being completed in Lancaster County. However, the report and its findings benefit Nebraska on a...Read more

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