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January 11, 2019
The Judicial Branch Website experienced much activity in 2018 resulting in nearly 3.5 million pageviews on the main page. While the items and pages noted below aren’t necessarily the newest or biggest items hosted on the site, they are some of the most visited pages. It is no surprise that the Judicial Branch main page is at the top of the list as it hosts a slideshow of recent activity, media releases, recent news, appellate court opinions, rule changes and links to other pages. Other areas...Read more
January 8, 2019
Judge Kale Burdick was the first of this year’s judges to host a senator through the Judicial-Legislative Visit Program inviting Senator-elect Tim Gragert to attend court in O’Neill in mid-December. Judge Burdick had not met the future senator other than when Gragert was campaigning. After a busy morning in county court with Burdick, the senator-elect had lunch with staff of district court, county court, and probation. He spent the afternoon with Chief Probation Officer Tara Sprigler-Price,...Read more
January 8, 2019
Trial court judges have been hosting new state senators through a Judicial-Legislative Visit Program since 1999. For twenty years, the program has fulfilled its purpose of providing legislators a personal understanding of the daily duties and responsibilities of the trial court judge and judicial branch personnel. The program encourages new legislators to visit their local courthouse for a half-day session followed by meetings with court and probation staff. The program began with new state...Read more
January 8, 2019
Jefferson County District Court Judge Vicky Johnson and County Judge Linda Bauer hosted Senator-elect Tom Brandt for a court visit in conjunction with the swearing-in ceremony of that county’s elected officials on January 3, 2019. The judges invited Senator-elect Brandt to learn more about the judicial system as part of the Supreme Court’s Judicial-Legislative Court Visit Program, and he also had an opportunity to visit with local public officials over coffee and rolls. Commissioners, law...Read more
January 4, 2019
Judge of the County Court, 4th Judicial District, Lawrence E. Barrett, is retiring January 31, 2019. In his letter to the Governor and the Chief Justice, Barrett wrote, “It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Nebraska for over 24 years.” He continued, “I have had the greatest respect for the law and its unbiased application to all parties that appeared before me.” Barrett also expressed his appreciation for the county court support staff who, he noted, have enabled him to provide "...Read more
Photo: Writing advisors (back): Nebraska Court of Appeals Judge Francie Riedmann; Bill Kelly, Senior Producer NET News; Rose Ann Shannon, retired News Director KETV Student reporters (front): Madeline Mollner, Scutt Catholic; Ethan Graff, McCook; Taegan Jacobs, Bellevue West.
December 27, 2018
Bellevue West student Ms. Taegan Jacobs approached her school’s Mock Trial Coach to ask about writing a student news story on the team’s upcoming participation in the state finals. Coach Robin Katrina replied with a suggestion that Jacobs enter the newly-created student news reporter’s competition. The following week Jacobs was named the winner of Nebraska’s first annual Student Mock Trial News Reporter Contest. Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation mock trial news reporter contest emerged as a...Read more
December 26, 2018
Through a newly developed mobile application, probation officers and staff will be able to view client information when away from their desks. The information includes: addresses, phone numbers, school and employment information, drug tests, sanctions, latest assessment scores, hazards, and other case management information. They will also be able to enter notes in the field, as well as sanctions, drug tests, and generate maps with directions to their next appointment locations. The Probation...Read more
Photo: Problem-Solving Court Judge Tom Otepka (right) with December graduate.
December 21, 2018
The Douglas County District Court Adult Drug Court celebrated its 103rd Commencement on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. To graduate participants must have demonstrated sustained abstinence from the use of controlled substances and alcohol; satisfactorily participated in a substance-abuse treatment program; completed educational and employment objectives established by the Adult Drug Court’s clinical staff; and participated in frequent performance reviews. Six participants were recognized for...Read more
December 21, 2018
Nebraska’s Language Access Committee, under the leadership of Justice Jeff Funke, completed an in-depth review of the Supreme Court Rules on Court Interpreters – specifically the requirements for certification and the interpreter disciplinary process. The review process began with an analysis of existing rule language and a full discussion of the Committee’s goals for rule revisions. The process culminated in amendments to interpreter certification and interpreter discipline rules, as well as...Read more
December 20, 2018
The Administrative Office of Probation-Juvenile Services Division is releasing the third annual Detailed Analysis. The publication provides updated data and progress regarding the Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative from July 2017 to June 2018. The Nebraska Juvenile Probation System continues to focus on supervision strategies and services which support youth and families in making long-lasting behavior change. The current publication includes focus areas reported in previous years including...Read more

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