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February 6, 2018
The Washington County Adult Drug Court held its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 29, 2018, in the Washington County District Court. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge John Samson, District Court hosted the ceremony. Drug Court is a minimum 18 month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol. The Washington County Adult Drug Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge,...Read more
January 22, 2018
On the heels of the Nebraska Reentry Court Best Practice Standards , which were approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court this past summer, two Reentry Courts have been approved. The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the request from Judge Teresa Luther and Judge Mark Young to establish Nebraska’s first Reentry Court in the Ninth Judicial District in August 2017. January 3, 2018, marked the approval by the Nebraska Supreme Court for Judge Stefanie Martinez’s request to establish a Reentry Court in...Read more
January 19, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Lisa Johnson as Clerk Magistrate of Howard County Court was held January 18, 2018, in the Howard County Court in St. Paul, Nebraska. Judges Tami Schendt and Kale Burdick and presided over the ceremony. Johnson has worked in Howard County Court since 2011, and prior to that worked in Hall County Court beginning in 2002. She has a thorough knowledge of court practices and understanding of the needs of Howard County. Johnson has a wealth of experience working with...Read more
January 18, 2018
Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave his 2018 State of the Judiciary speech to the Nebraska Legislature on January 18, 2018. During his presentation he highlighted the Judicial Branch’s newest type of Problem-Solving Court: the Veterans Treatment Court. Members of Nebraska’s inaugural Douglas and Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Courts were among those watching from the Unicameral balcony. The group included judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, veteran mentors, and other supporters of the two...Read more
January 4, 2018
Updated listings of technological features available in courtrooms across the state can be found on the Judicial Branch Website. The information, gathered through the Information Technology Division of the Judicial Branch, is useful to attorneys traveling to courtrooms outside of the counties where they customarily practice. Items inventoried range from Public WiFi, to access to electrical power at counsel tables, to the availability of assisted listening devices. County Courts: https://...Read more
December 29, 2017
Vladimir Bazan has been selected for the Nebraska State Court Interpreter Coordinator position based in Lincoln. He will begin working full-time on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Bazan has served as Interpreter Coordinator in Hall County and the 10th Judicial District since 2014 and has been a Nebraska court certified Spanish interpreter since 2012. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation continues to build upon the firm foundation for language access in Lancaster County. Bazan is...Read more
December 21, 2017
A swearing-in ceremony for Kerri Irwin as Clerk Magistrate of Dakota County Court was held December 13, 2017, in the Dakota County Court in Dakota City, Nebraska. Judge Kurt Rager presided over the ceremony with Judge Doug Luebe participating in the event. Irwin has worked in the court system since 2003 when she started as a Records Clerk in Dakota County. She also served in the positions of Courtroom Clerk and Assistant Clerk between 2004 and 2017. Photo: Judge Kurt Rager signs certificate...Read more
December 20, 2017
Judicial Branch Annual Report for Fiscal Year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, is now available online. The report will be presented to the legislature during the Chief Justice’s annual “State of the Judiciary” in mid-January 2018. The report can be found here .Read more
December 20, 2017
Judge David K. Arterburn, York College class of 1977, was presented with the College’s ‘Alumni of the Year’ award during the College’s Homecoming in October 2017. The award outlined the following information about Judge Arterburn in their announcement: David Arterburn is a judge of the Nebraska State Court of Appeals. He previously served as a District Court Judge in Sarpy County Nebraska for a period of nearly 12 years where he also presided over the drug court. Arterburn began his career in...Read more
December 20, 2017
The county and district court offices of Nebraska have been accepting online payments since 2009, and process thousands of transactions each month. As the public’s expectations of how business can be done online continue to grow, the Supreme Court JUSTICE team worked with online service provider Nebraska.gov to create a new version of the Nebraska Judicial Branch Internet Payment System . Launched December 7th, this new and improved service allows users to create accounts that will make repeat...Read more

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