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July 26, 2019
Of the nearly 60 Nebraskans who attended the 2019 National Association of Drug Court Professionals, one dozen were trial court judges who have assumed responsibility for the effectiveness of Nebraska problem-solving courts. Other attendees included Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Coordinators, prosecution and defense attorneys, therapists and problem-solving court supporters. The conference, held in Maryland, is the premier symposium for dissemination of information to drug and problem-solving...Read more
July 26, 2019
Judicial Branch Public Information Officer, Janet Bancroft, will highlight new and ongoing outreach efforts of the Nebraska Judicial Branch during the Conference of Court Public Information Officers annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The Conference is the only professional organization dedicated to the role of court communicators worldwide. Nebraska’s contribution to How to Wrangle a Hundred Students, Keep Their Attention and Teach Them Something Along the Way will include: Nebraska’s unique “...Read more
July 25, 2019
In honor of Constitution Day, the Nebraska Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, on September 10, 2019. The Court of Appeals will divide into its customary two panels with three judges each to hold arguments at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the Thom Leadership Education Center Auditorium (212 College Avenue). The Court of Appeals will hear several cases during both the morning and afternoon sessions, followed by an open question and...Read more
July 24, 2019
Kelly Riley, current Executive Director for The Resolution Center in Beatrice, has been named Director of the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution by the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP). She will begin her position in early September. Riley has extensive experience in business administration, human resources and program oversight in addition to being an experienced mediator and trainer. She is also active at the national level serving on the Board of Directors...Read more
Arndt
July 24, 2019
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Theodore “Ted” Arndt as the second statewide Child Support Referee for the Judicial Branch. Arndt is currently a staff attorney for YoungWilliams P.C., a nationwide provider of contact centers and child support services. Additionally, he serves as adjunct professor at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha. He has worked as a law clerk at both Welsh & Welsh in Omaha and for the Douglas County Attorney. Arndt brings over a dozen years of child support...Read more
July 23, 2019
Judicial District 3J and juvenile justice stakeholders completed a review of the probation and juvenile justice system in Lancaster County on April of 2018. The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center (RFK) conducted the review which endorsed fifteen recommendations for reform. Efforts were immediately put into action to start prioritizing the recommendations and planning for implementation. Additionally, RFK received grant funds to continue national support during implementation and in...Read more
Legal Resources
July 22, 2019
For Trial Courts and Others Serving Self-Represented Litigants The Access to Justice Commission has created a brochure listing the resources available to self-represented litigants navigating the court system. Whether individuals want help finding a lawyer or representing themselves, the brochure provides contact information. Find resources on: Places to Find Legal Information & Referrals Online Court Forms and Information Self-Help Desks & Legal Clinics Law & Public Libraries. Link...Read more
Proclamation group
July 17, 2019
At a ceremony held at the Capitol on July 16, 2019, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation recognizing Community Corrections Week July 21-27, 2019. Bob Denton, Deputy Probation Administrator – Programs & Field Services, addressed the crowd and noted “Community Corrections Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in communities across the State of Nebraska who work tirelessly to make neighborhoods safer. Adult and juvenile probation officers are on...Read more
Tour map
July 16, 2019
An eleven hundred mile trip involving stops in 24 counties is on the agenda for this year’s Chief Justice Summer Tour. Each year Chief Justice Heavican dedicates several days to traveling to courthouses outside of the Lincoln area to meet with judicial branch staff, tour courtrooms, and learn about individual projects. Again this year, several associate judges of the Supreme Court are joining the tour that will take them on a trek through Nebraska’s central corridor (see map). During the...Read more
July 15, 2019
Five Spanish speakers completed a hybrid Interpreter Orientation workshop in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 28 and July 1. The workshop began with an introduction to court interpreter ethics, followed by instruction on the three modes of court interpreting: consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, and sight translation. Hall County District Court Judges Mark Young and Mark Butler made their courtrooms available for the practice sessions. On July 1, Hall County Court Judges...Read more

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