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April 17, 2020
These are not normal times for the justice system, according to a news report featuring Clerk Magistrate Vicki Kuhlmann in Washington County. The interview between Kuhlmann and the news reporter was held on opposite sides of the plastic barrier at the customer service counter. Kuhlmann was in her office working on audits. The news reporter was parked outside of the courthouse, looking for someone who would speak with him. Kuhlmann took his call and requested permission for the reporter to be...Read more
April 17, 2020
Supplies of hand sanitizer, masks, rubber gloves, and other personal safety items were delivered to the Executive Building by the Nebraska Army National Guard on April 10th. Staff from the Administrative Office of Probation Programs & Services Division were on hand to compile and repackage the items for quick delivery to officers in need. The delivery of Personal Protective Equipment was coordinated through the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, and the...Read more
April 16, 2020
Court users who need to have signatures witnessed on legal documents can now do so by an online notary public. In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Governor Ricketts has signed an executive order allowing for early implementation of the Online Notary Public Act, which was to go into effect on July 1, 2020. The Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office has implemented an expedited process for Nebraska notaries to become authorized to provide online notary services. Individuals within courthouses...Read more
April 16, 2020
Drug courts represent a highly structured, intensive form of community supervision. They utilize a combination of treatment and justice based interventions to promote change. Encouraging pro-social, healthy activity and engagement is important when it comes to supporting long-term, behavioral change among program participants. One example of this is exercise and physical activity. Beyond the benefits it poses for an individual’s physical health, exercise offers a number of benefits in terms of...Read more
April 14, 2020
The Madison County Adult Drug Court celebrated a graduation in Norfolk on April 3, 2020, at the Madison County District Courthouse. For the graduates, Andrew Brewer and Raychell Martian, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge James Kube hosted the ceremony. Pictured is Madison County Court Judge James Kube, Andrew Brewer, and Raychell Martian...Read more
April 14, 2020
An interview with State Court Administrator Corey Steel is the top feature in the National Center for State Court’s April 14 Newsletter. The article (below) outlines steps Nebraska courts have taken to prepare for and implement work alterations brought about by social distancing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nebraska court leaders hosted the National Pandemic Summit in Omaha last May. From left, Nebraska Supreme Court Justices Jeff Funke and Stephanie Stacy...Read more
Capitol building
April 13, 2020
During the height of social distancing, the Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court managed a complete office move within the State Capitol. The move, required by the Nebraska Capitol Commission, was made to accommodate the State Capitol heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) project. The Clerk’s office staff packed and moved files, office supplies, and equipment while carefully adhering to the public health guidance related to the Coronavirus. Support from the Information Technology...Read more
April 8, 2020
This page is used for informing the public about developments in court, court office, and probation service emergencies. This emergency website will be updated regularly throughout situations where the emergency service interruptions are in effect.Read more
Chief justice enrobing
April 8, 2020
In a courtroom devoid of the usual noise of shifting paper and shuffling feet, Chief Justice Mike Heavican called the Nebraska Supreme Court to order at 9:00 a.m. on March 31, 2020. Respecting the health and safety of court users and staff, the Nebraska Supreme Court conducted oral arguments via conference call in April. Only the bailiff, Allyson Stewart, technology staff Anh Nguyen, and Deputy Administrator Jennifer Rasmussen attended the proceeding in person. Chief Justice Heavican sat solo...Read more
March 30, 2020
Thank you for taking COVID-19 seriously; thank you for the sacrifices you are making during this difficult time; and, thank you for your hard work in keeping the courts and Judicial Branch services open and available to the public. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation is here to do as much as we possibly can to assist you during this trying time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of any type of assistance, big or small. And, I am sure that I don’t need to...Read more

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