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March 19, 2019
Intensive News Reporting Session Held for UNL Students During National Judicial Outreach Week – March 1-10, 2019 Supreme Court Justice Jeff Funke, Clerk of the Supreme Court Wendy Wussow, and journalist Bill Kelly spent the morning of March 8, 2019, in the Nebraska Supreme Court Chambers with Prof. Jill Martin’s undergraduate reporting students discussing the Court’s appellate-level process. The goal of the discussion was to prepare student reporters to write stories on Supreme Court opinions...Read more
March 13, 2019
The Creating Inclusive Communities Training Initiative, developed by Court and Probation personnel has received national recognition by the American Probation and Parole Association. The program, developed in 2018 with the assistance of the Inclusive Communities Organization of Omaha, received the APPA’s 2019 President’s Award. Monica Miles-Steffens, Director of Placement for Juvenile Services, accepted the award on March 11, 2019 during APPA’s winter training institute in Miami, Florida. The...Read more
Students tour the Supreme Court courtroom
March 12, 2019
Eighty 4th grade students from Wysong Elementary from Lincoln travelled to the Supreme Court Courtroom on the final day of 2019 National Judicial Outreach Week (March 1-8). Justice Stephanie Stacy greeted the group noting that usually people are not sitting on the floor of a courtroom. “They are sitting in seats in the gallery,” she said, “It is the public space that is open to everyone without having to call ahead or announce that they are coming.” After reviewing the anatomy of a courtroom,...Read more
Jury box
March 11, 2019
Anyone -- volunteer or paid staff -- who interacts with a jury is required to take the Judicial Branch Education Jury Management Course. The course is online. Requests for the course must come through the Clerk of the District Court or Clerk Magistrate. The request form is available on the JBE Intranet. The Clerk of Court must fill out the form available on the JBE Intranet site located under the JBE tab, Court Staff Info., Jury Management. https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/...Read more
Supreme Court hearing oral arguments at UNL
March 7, 2019
by Meghan Straub Nebraska News Service Future Nebraska lawyers have a chance this spring to see what practicing their craft actually looks like before the Nebraska Supreme Court. On Feb. 28, the University of Nebraska College of Law hosted the Nebraska Supreme Court’s oral arguments, a tradition that has occurred annually for over 30 years. With the goal of making the Court’s business accessible to students throughout the state, annual visits are also made to the Creighton University School of...Read more
CIP 2019 Legislative Overview
February 26, 2019
The Court Improvement Project (CIP) held its annual webinar on February 6, 2019, outlining bills related to juvenile justice and child welfare submitted by state senators for the 2019 legislative session. CIP project specialists, Mary Ann Harvey and Mary Pat Coe tracked and identified bills of interest and invited Sarah Helvey, Director, Nebraska Appleseed; Juliet Summers, Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children in Nebraska; Jeanne Brandner, Deputy Administrator, Juvenile Services, Office of...Read more
February 26, 2019
The newly developed Juvenile Justice Reform Update is now available (click here) . The update, produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts & Probation-Juvenile Services Division, was created to update the juvenile justice community on the implementation of LB 670 passed in 2018 and the work accomplished in Nebraska through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The Nebraska Juvenile Justice System continues to implement changes that will make a positive impact on...Read more
February 11, 2019
Thunderbeat reporter Brooke Jones (January 31, 2019) Junior Taegan Jacobs won first place in the student reporter contest at the annual Nebraska State Mock Trial Competition. She made history by being the first student journalist to win the award and was the first reporter from Bellevue West to compete. Reporters are eligible to compete once a school’s mock trial team qualifies for state. Jacobs said she took as many notes as possible and documented the entire trial, then wrote a report on it...Read more
January 25, 2019
The Court Improvement Project hosted the bi-annual meeting of the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts at the Judicial Branch Education Facility in Lincoln on December 7, 2018. Judge Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, and Judge Francie Riedmann, Nebraska Court of Appeals, co-chair the commission and presided over the commission meeting. The meeting consisted of reports from the following subcommittees: Unified Family Court, Guardian ad Litem, Case Progression...Read more
January 25, 2019
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York, Hamilton, and Merrick Counties held graduation ceremonies on January 4, 2019, in York County and January 7, 2019, in Merrick County. For Problem-Solving Court graduates, these ceremonies mark the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judges, James Stecker, of York District Court, and Judge Rachel Daugherty, of Merrick District...Read more

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