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June 17, 2020
As Covid-19 continued its steady progression across the state, eleventh Judicial District Clerk Magistrates Raquel Dringman, Furnas County; Linda Smith, Hitchcock County; and Gretchen Wiebe, Red Willow and Hayes Counties stayed at least one step ahead of the virus every step of the way. Each clerk magistrate reset courtrooms and offices to accommodate for social distancing, established new court protocols for their county courts and without request, went out of their way to help people feel...Read more
June 16, 2020
This year’s series of Regional Conferences will take place one day each in Chadron, Ogallala, Grand Island and Lincoln over the dates of September 28 to October 2, 2020. The dates and order of CIP travel is tentative at this time and will be based on availability of meeting facilities and local area Directed Health Measures. The theme is “Seeing the Youth, Action Through Perceived Options” with a program presented by Lisa Thurau, Executive Director of Strategies for Youth. The conference will...Read more
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June 16, 2020
Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican authored a letter to Nebraska’s legal community and court family outlining the duty of the Judicial Branch to continuously reach toward the State’s motto of “Equality Before the Law.” He recounted some recent accomplishments of the Branch, noting that he is proud of the significant role Nebraska’s courts have had in fulfilling the mission of equality, including: Establishment of the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and their...Read more
June 11, 2020
The coronavirus hit Douglas County earlier, faster and harder than most everyone else in Nebraska. Yet, because of the tireless work of County Court Presiding Judge Sheryl Lohaus in collaboration with Douglas County Judicial Administrator Ron Murtaugh, the functioning of the county courts did not miss a beat. Judge Lohaus and Ron led the charge to ensure the citizens of Douglas County, the media, county jail inmates and others had unfettered, safe, directed-health-measures-compliant access to...Read more
June 10, 2020
The Lancaster County Veteran’s Treatment Court in Lincoln honored two graduates in a virtual ceremony on June 9, 2020, while family, friends, members of the local community, local veterans, and other participants observed via Zoom. For the graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Veteran’s Treatment Court Judges John Colborn and Robert Otte hosted the...Read more
June 9, 2020
During National Drug Court Month participants and staff were asked to describe their Problem-Solving Court journey. Each summarized their stories of hope, recovery, and resilience on cards to share with the community. Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PSCNeb/videos/1171472563198903/Read more
May 26, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a variety of recent changes for the Nebraska Probation System. Staff have quickly adjusted and learned to do business differently in order to maintain client contact, compliance with court orders and community safety. One of those adjustments has been modifying traditional approaches to drug testing to ensure operations continue safely and effectively. For many, this has included increased usage of the sweat patch method, which has allowed for greater...Read more
May 26, 2020
By Stacy Simonsen, Service and Funding Specialist | Rehabilitative Services In July 2019, the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP) was allocated by the Nebraska Legislature additional dollars for service rates paid to providers as part of the biennium budget. New rates have been approved for the second year of the biennium budget, which begins July 1, 2020. The AOCP is working to finalize programming to implement new rates for both adult and youth services. These rate...Read more
May 26, 2020
Rehabilitative Service’s staff, within the Programs and Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, is ready to complete the annual finalization of service payments in preparation for the closing of this fiscal year. Rehabilitative Services is tasked with the management of legislatively allocated service dollars. This management includes consistently applying eligibility guidelines and reporting expenditures to the Legislature and other stakeholders. In this...Read more
May 24, 2020
Veterans Treatment Court participant John Rawlinson wanted to create a tribute to his dad. James Rawlinson, John’s father, died last year on September 10 at his home in Lincoln. According to family, Jim loved his country and served active duty in the Army, where he married Rose Marie Matulka in Agnew, NE, in 1962. Father and son share more than their parent-child relationship; they are both U.S. Army veterans. On Memorial Day weekend, John played a fundamental role in creating a tribute to the...Read more

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