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May 15, 2020
In April 2016, the Nebraska Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, legislation broadening the definitions of problem-solving courts to include Reentry, Veterans, Mental Health, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and other problem-solving courts. In response, the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts appointed a Mental Health Court Subcommittee to establish implementation plans that included the development of best practice standards for Mental Health Courts. The...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
May 14, 2020
Making a conscious decision to choose hope over fear and to boost morale within the courthouse, Clerk Magistrate Ellen Faltys promoted the installation of rainbows throughout the building in Schuyler, NE. Faltys pitched the idea to staff members Julie Bideaux and Zaira Lopez, and it quickly had the desired effect. When courthouse employees, attorneys, law enforcement, and the public approach the courthouse -- from the first floor to the fourth floor, they are greeted with the symbol of hope and...Read more
May 14, 2020
Judges in the 5th Judicial District wasted no time in collaborating on the development of courtroom guidelines in anticipation of loosening of the State’s Directed Health Measures within their respective courtrooms. Their final protocol list, handwritten and transcribed by Judge Tina Marroquin, includes topics relating to courthouse signage, questions to be asked by security, mask-wearing, and physical distancing requirements. In-courtroom requirements address exhibits, disinfecting counsel...Read more
Proclamation
May 14, 2020
May is National Drug Court Month. All month long Nebraska problem-solving courts join more than 4,000 treatment courts across the country to celebrate lives, families, and resources saved by this vital justice reform. In his signed Proclamation Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed the Month of May 2020 as Drug Court Month in Nebraska.Read more
May 11, 2020
Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy is the theme for this year’s Law Day through the American Bar Association. The theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted American women the right to vote. The right, known as women’s suffrage, was ratified on August 18, 1920. Information from the American Bar Association states: “The women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular...Read more
May 1, 2020
The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation assembled at the State Capitol (and beyond) to create a video Law Day greeting for judges and coworkers across the state. The video is designed to show appreciation to members of the Judicial Branch who accomplished amazing feats that had not been contemplated as the year began. Together, members of the Judicial Branch demonstrated an incredible ability to make things happen. This Law Day, the Branch showed that when things become difficult...Read more
April 20, 2020
Susan Barnard, Office Services Manager for the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, spent the month of April gathering hand-sewn face masks for Nebraska’s probation field staff. Barnard is a 4-H leader in Gage County and has kept her 4-H youth busy sewing masks since the Center For Disease Control recommended masks to ease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In addition to the 4-H group, Barnard has solicited masks from others in the community. According to Barnard, “Members of the...Read more
April 20, 2020
The OPG has successfully transitioned to remote operations and continues to advocate tirelessly for their wards and vulnerable adults in Nebraska in general. All private guardian and conservator education programming has been implemented remotely. The OPG is now conducting classes both online and over the phone. Additionally, the OPG is developing Spanish language education programs, launching their first social media campaigns, and working to develop multiple new resources to assist private...Read more
April 17, 2020
The Court Improvement Project (CIP) has produced the 2019 Impact Report outlining engagement and activities taken on by the team to help improve outcomes for court-involved children and families throughout the year. The report includes activities and projects spearheaded by the Through the Eyes of the Child multidisciplinary teams, like the “Come to the Table, Nebraska” initiative to encourage families to eat together. The report also includes highlights of the extraordinarily successful 2019...Read more

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