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May 20, 2020
Beginning June 1st, the OPG will make two webinars available to private guardians and conservators. These webinars will address key terms and concepts related to guardianship and conservatorship and filing annual reports. The aim of these new webinars is to provide quick, free, and easy access to education on topics that guardians and conservators need the most assistance with. Webinars will be available for free on the Supreme Court’s website. The OPG plans to publish more webinars in the near...Read more
May 19, 2020
Offices, living rooms and courtrooms from across the state were connected through WebEx bringing together the first virtual Chief Justice’s Leadership Conference with over 50 judges and administrative staff. Conference participants were assembled on May 15, 2020, to discuss the important work of the five work groups appointed during the 2019 leadership council meeting. Chief Justice Heavican thanked the work groups, commissions, and committees on the great work they accomplished over the year...Read more
May 19, 2020
The Douglas County Veteran’s Treatment Court in Omaha honored five graduates in a limited ceremony before a scheduled status hearing on May 14, 2020, while 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 Judge James T. Gleason hosted the ceremony. Pictured is Judge Gleason and the graduates...Read more
May 18, 2020
Screening questionnaire flyers have been developed for entrances of courthouses and Judicial Branch offices. The flyers are available for download from the Judicial Branch Website: Health Screening Sign: English Spanish Other signage includes: Health Alert Printable Signage (Spanish) Occupancy Limit Sign - Court (Spanish) Occupancy Limit Sign - Office (Spanish) Occupancy Limit Sign - Probation (Spanish)Read more
May 18, 2020
Following the Nebraska-hosted pandemic planning summit in Omaha in May 2019 and Nebraska’s COVID outbreak in March 2020, Chief Justice Mike Heavican found himself in the center of court system pandemic implementation. When asked why the Nebraska Supreme Court decided to host the first-ever National Center for State Court’s Pandemic Summit, the Chief Justice responded, “Because the University of Nebraska medical center in Omaha has one of the few Biocontainment Units in the county, [I thought]...Read more
Wedding
May 18, 2020
Planning Ahead for Thayer County Wedding (photo to right) Clerk Magistrate Vicki L. Jarchow said, “I do” when asked if she could perform a wedding ceremony during the height of the Coronavirus and Nebraska’s Directed Health Measures. Jarchow worked with Thayer County Officials to provide the bride and groom a lovely wedding venue and ceremony while ensuring the safety of everyone involved. Jarchow took the call from the bride and immediately coordinated with her county clerk’s office. The...Read more
May 18, 2020
A total of 19 Judicial Branch staff members are ready to hit the classroom, virtual or otherwise, following their recent graduation from Training for Trainers. The course is designed for management team members and field staff in leadership positions who want to improve their curriculum and presentation skills. Topics such as adult learning theory, navigating disruptive classroom behavior, curriculum development and front-of-the-room presenting were included. “We had great interaction during...Read more
May 18, 2020
The Judicial Branch has remained steadfast in its mission to serve Nebraska communities during this unprecedented time of health and safety concerns. You have successfully ensured that no person is deprived of their constitutional right to access courts and its essential services. You have demonstrated ongoing strength, calm, flexibility and creativity having taken on the challenge of operating differently. Never losing sight of our mission essential functions and in tandem with concern for...Read more
May 15, 2020
The Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts recognized statewide standards were essential for expanding capacity and ensuring the establishment of best practices and quality assurance. The Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts established a Family Dependency Court Subcommittee to develop the programs and processes for implementing family dependency problem-solving courts in Nebraska. The subcommittee was further charged with the development of the best...Read more
Employee Montage
May 15, 2020
Nebraska’s Judicial Branch plays a vital role in the life of every Nebraskan. While some of our physical spaces have been forced to shutter by the coronavirus, the work of Nebraska’s courts, probation offices, and all programming has continued. The essential functions of the Judicial Branch move forward despite the physical limitations of Directed Health Measures. Given the extraordinary work of court and probation employees statewide, the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation has...Read more

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