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March 30, 2020
Thank you for taking COVID-19 seriously; thank you for the sacrifices you are making during this difficult time; and, thank you for your hard work in keeping the courts and Judicial Branch services open and available to the public. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation is here to do as much as we possibly can to assist you during this trying time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of any type of assistance, big or small. And, I am sure that I don’t need to...Read more
March 27, 2020
This page is used for informing the public about developments in court, court office, and probation service emergencies. This emergency website will be updated regularly throughout situations where the emergency service interruptions are in effect.Read more
March 27, 2020
Changes to Supreme Court Rules relating to guardianships and conservatorships go into effect April 1, 2020. https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/rule_amendments/6-1433etseqAmds_1.pdf A webinar is now available on the JBE website for court staff who work with guardianships and conservatorships and will be impacted by these changes. The webinar summarizes the rule changes including changes to forms, JUSTICE programing, and staff responsibilities. The webinar can be accessed by...Read more
March 26, 2020
A newly designed Emergency Status Information page for courts, probationers, Judicial Branch staff and public is linked from the front of the Branch website. Judicial Branch Emergency Status Information: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/administration/nebraska-judicial-branch-emergency-status-information The page is for informing the public about developments in courts, court office, and probation service emergencies. This emergency website is updated regularly. Court-specific orders are...Read more
March 26, 2020
Reminding employees who are working from home during this unprecedented time to maintain their mandatory education credits is a universal message. Recently a Chicago-based probation manager reached out to Nebraska Judicial Branch Education staff for ideas and was pleased to find a resource page ready to be shared with others. In an email message to probation employees on March 25, 2020, Probation Education Manager, Jerid Wedige suggested that now might be a good time to start working on 2020...Read more
Judge presenting
March 25, 2020
The Justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court held arguments at Northwest High School on March 5 in conjunction with National Judicial Outreach week. March 1-10 marks the time that the American Bar Association (ABA) requests judges and court officials to extend an extra effort to meet with the public and youth to promote the theme of “Preserving the Rule of Law.” The statement by ABA organizers notes, “One of the most effective ways to promote public understanding and commitment to preserving the...Read more
March 25, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian has moved to develop emergency preparedness plans for wards in their care. They have communicated with housing and medical care providers to ensure plans are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of OPG wards to the greatest extent possible. At this time in-person Guardian/Conservator Education classes are being converted to conference calls. The Office of Public Guardian, in conjunction with Language Access and Judicial Branch Education are working to...Read more
Creighton courtroom
March 25, 2020
For just over 40 years, the Nebraska Supreme Court has held oral argument sessions at the Creighton University School of Law. Over the years, argument sessions have moved from fall to spring. The October 2, 1979, edition of the Omaha World-Herald announced the Court’s first session visit with the headline, “State Supreme Court to Hold Sessions Here!” Case types argued on March 5, 2020, included property tax valuation, obstructing a peace officer, Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act (dog bite...Read more
Chief Justice accepts award
March 23, 2020
Bookended by standing ovations, Chief Justice Mike Heavican accepted his State Bar Foundation Public Service award from longtime friend and former colleague, Judge John Colborn. The Chief Justice took the podium and began by recognizing members of the Nebraska Supreme Court, noting that this Court has taken on a number of new administrative responsibilities that were not contemplated by the Supreme Court 20 years ago. He thanked staff including State Court Administrator Corey Steel who “really...Read more
March 20, 2020
After adjourning on March 16 th , the Nebraska Legislature reconvened from March 23 rd through the 25 th to authorize additional appropriations related to COVID-19. It is still the Speaker of the Legislature’s intent to meet again later to complete work on the budget and other matters, most likely after the May primary election, but no dates have been set. Most legislative staff are now working from home, however, contact with senator’s offices can still be made by phone and email. Please refer...Read more

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