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April 16, 2018
It has been one year since the launch of the Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative – a program designed to reduce the number of youth in out-of-home care. Throughout the first year both Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and the Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment (EIHFT) services have had great successes with justice involved youth and families, and the capacity to provide these services has grown substantially. Service utilization has nearly tripled and the number of counties in which the...Read more
April 11, 2018
The Nebraska Juvenile Justice System 2017 Statistical Annual Report, designed to meet the requirements of Nebraska Revised Statute § 24-1007, can be found on the Judicial Branch Website and the Unicameral Legislature Website. This report is compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation and contains statistics on Juvenile Justice (status offense and juvenile delinquency) cases and on juveniles prosecuted in the adult court system. A status offense is an act that is prohibited...Read more
April 11, 2018
DALLAS (April 6, 2018) – Hundreds of members of law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates from across the nation who work with female victims of crime have been awarded scholarships to participate in the highest quality workshops, computer labs, and case studies at the thirteenth annual Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW). This scholarship provides access to critical training for communities who would otherwise be unable to attend due to increasing budget constraints that public...Read more
April 9, 2018
Attorney Royce Norman recently retired after serving 11 years as a Nebraska State Bar Commissioner. Norman represented Judicial District 6 in grading the bar examinations and determining character and fitness of the applicants wanting to join the Nebraska State Bar Association. A celebration of his years of service to the Nebraska State Bar Commission was held at the Commission offices on April 2, 2018. Norman was presented with a plaque from Chief Justice Michael Heavican in recognition of his...Read more
March 30, 2018
Lawrence E. Welch, Jr. was sworn-in as the Nebraska Court of Appeals 16th judge on March 28, 2018, in the Nebraska State Capitol. Representing the 5th Judicial District, Welch replaces Judge Everett O. Inbody who retired from the Court of Appeals in December 2017. Speaking directly to Inbody, Welch said, “You have extraordinarily large shoes to fill. I cannot fill those shoes but I do intend to walk in those footsteps.” Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frankie J. Moore served as the master of...Read more
March 30, 2018
During the 30 th annual Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner, March 16, 2018, Chief Justice Heavican presented awards to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Funke and District Court Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf for their dedicated efforts to increase awareness of Nebraska’s Judicial Branch through the news media. The two judges received the Foundation’s Public Service Award for their efforts in bringing about uniform rules permitting cameras and other recording devices into district and...Read more
March 29, 2018
The Administrative Office of the Courts welcomes certified Spanish court interpreter Irma Watt aboard as the newest contract Interpreter Coordinator. Ms. Watt, who is based in the Hall County Courthouse (pictured) will provide interpreter services and coordination services to Hall County and the 10th Judicial District. Ms. Watt’s interpreting expertise and scheduling skills help fulfill the Supreme Court’s mission to provide language access to limited English proficient litigants in Central...Read more
March 29, 2018
Thank you, Reverend Messer. On behalf of the Nebraska Supreme Court and the entire Nebraska judicial branch, our deepest condolences to John’s wife, Debbie, and his children, Jane, Charles, John, and Ellen. John was a great judge and a great man. The court will not be the same without him. When I was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2006, John had already served on the Court for 12 years. He had been appointed to the Nebraska Court of Appeals by...Read more
March 23, 2018
The Nebraska Supreme Court has instituted a rule that provides special consideration for attorneys who are military spouses seeking to join the Nebraska practicing bar. The new rules allow a military spouse who is practicing elsewhere to motion in to Nebraska at a reduced fee. While a motion application typically requires the applicant provide a qualifying bar exam score from some state, this type of application waives that rule. Military spouses interested in applying to join the Nebraska bar...Read more
March 23, 2018
Please click here to be directed to a video of late Justice John Wright presiding over a recreation of the Trial of Standing Bear which took place in the Nebraska Supreme Court on April 8, 2017 as part of a Diverse Origins event for Cub Scouting and the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood.Read more

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