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March 30, 2018
Lawrence E. Welch, Jr. was sworn-in as the Nebraska Court of Appeals 16th judge on March 28, 2018, in the Nebraska State Capitol. Representing the 5th Judicial District, Welch replaces Judge Everett O. Inbody who retired from the Court of Appeals in December 2017. Speaking directly to Inbody, Welch said, “You have extraordinarily large shoes to fill. I cannot fill those shoes but I do intend to walk in those footsteps.” Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frankie J. Moore served as the master of...Read more
March 30, 2018
During the 30 th annual Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner, March 16, 2018, Chief Justice Heavican presented awards to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Funke and District Court Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf for their dedicated efforts to increase awareness of Nebraska’s Judicial Branch through the news media. The two judges received the Foundation’s Public Service Award for their efforts in bringing about uniform rules permitting cameras and other recording devices into district and...Read more
March 29, 2018
The Administrative Office of the Courts welcomes certified Spanish court interpreter Irma Watt aboard as the newest contract Interpreter Coordinator. Ms. Watt, who is based in the Hall County Courthouse (pictured) will provide interpreter services and coordination services to Hall County and the 10th Judicial District. Ms. Watt’s interpreting expertise and scheduling skills help fulfill the Supreme Court’s mission to provide language access to limited English proficient litigants in Central...Read more
March 29, 2018
Thank you, Reverend Messer. On behalf of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the entire Nebraska judicial branch, our deepest condolences to John’s wife, Debbie, and his children, Jane, Charles, John, and Ellen. John was a great judge and a great man. The court will not be the same without him. When I was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2006, John had already served on the Court for 12 years. He had been appointed to the Nebraska Court of Appeals by...Read more
March 23, 2018
The Nebraska Supreme Court has instituted a rule that provides special consideration for attorneys who are military spouses seeking to join the Nebraska practicing bar. The new rules allow a military spouse who is practicing elsewhere to motion in to Nebraska at a reduced fee. While a motion application typically requires the applicant provide a qualifying bar exam score from some state, this type of application waives that rule. Military spouses interested in applying to join the Nebraska bar...Read more
March 23, 2018
Please click here to be directed to a video of late Justice John Wright presiding over a recreation of the Trial of Standing Bear which took place in the Nebraska Supreme Court on April 8, 2017 as part of a Diverse Origins event for Cub Scouting and the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood.Read more
March 12, 2018
The first step toward Nebraska Court Interpreter certification is completion of the Nebraska Judicial Branch’s Interpreter Orientation, an intensive two-day workshop that is offered each fall and spring. The next Court Interpreter Orientation is April 7-8, 2018, at 5001 Central Park Dr., Lincoln, Nebraska. Look here https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/programs-services/interpreters/interpreter-resources-education for a link to the workshop registration form. A registration form is also attached...Read more
March 6, 2018
March 6: Judges John Samson and John Colborn Nebraska District Court Judges John Samson of Blair and John Colborn of Lincoln have been invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 6th for today’s argument session. The court session will be held in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln beginning at 9:00 a.m. Oral arguments can be viewed live from Nebraska Educational Television’s Live & On Demand: State Government website : http://...Read more
February 28, 2018
Ninth grade students at Aurora High School were studying “To Kill a Mockingbird” when their English teacher, Natalie Staroska, contacted the Hamilton County District Court for a potential mock trial demonstration. District Court Judge Rachel Daugherty received the inquiry and knew that the Aurora court had the Bill of Exceptions and the original court documents from a relevant case heard in the courthouse in 1920: State v. Robert Meyer . The morning of February 23, 2018, Aurora ninth-graders re...Read more
February 27, 2018
The County Court Records Retention Schedule – Schedule 18 – has recently been updated. This court-specific schedule should be used in conjunction with the state agency schedule, which covers general office documents, like checks and receipts. Court staff is asked to review the retention schedules to make sure that disposition practices are appropriate and current. Additional suggestions for the schedule have been received too late to include in this update. Those requests include a specific...Read more

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