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September 21, 2020
Tucker Kelly and Paul Hansen graduated from the 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court in Hamilton-Merrick Counties on September 14, 2020. This ceremony marks the first virtual graduation in Hamilton-Merrick County. In attendance were Judge Rachel A. Daugherty, presiding judge of the Hamilton-Merrick Problem-Solving Court, Hamilton-Merrick County Board Members, District 5 probation staff, probation administration staff, friends, and family. Problem-solving court graduation is a time where...Read more
Heroes award
September 17, 2020
Thank you to the Probation District 3A staff. Your steady resolve during unprecedented disruptions helped ensure the highest levels of service and support.Read more
September 16, 2020
Community engagement sessions in Scottsbluff and Rushville planned by the Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State, and Federal Courts have been postponed again due to COVID-19 concerns. Initially scheduled in March of this year, these discussions between the Consortium and Native American communities were intended to be held in 2020. With COVID-19 still active, all large gatherings are postponed. The Members of the Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State and Federal Courts include judges who sit on...Read more
September 16, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian has been hard at work since March 2020 to develop the online guardianship and conservatorship education course in Spanish. Thanks to the previous establishment of an online course in English, the development timeframe shortened considerably, and efforts have focused heavily on the translation and narration elements. The course also reflects the new court rules that went into effect on April 1, 2020. Launching the Spanish class this fall will provide greater access...Read more
September 16, 2020
Bar exams always take lots of hard work, but the September 9th and 10th exam sessions also required ingenuity. In planning for the second bar exam in six weeks and dealing with the need to keep everyone safe, Stephanie Ferris, assistant director of admissions, built barriers to allow security to get close enough to examine laptops, clothing, and the glasses of the examinees. The September bar exam was scheduled as an alternative to the July exam for those dealing with COVID-19. Twenty-four...Read more
September 16, 2020
The State JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) Collaborative, co-chaired by State Court Administrator Corey Steel and State Senator Tony Vargas, has released Nebraska’s first statewide Progress Report. The report highlights the significant improvements made within the State’s juvenile justice system and JDAI sites, including: A 63% decline in juvenile detention admissions across the four JDAI sites (Douglas, Sarpy, Otoe, and Lancaster Counties); Implementation of innovative...Read more
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September 13, 2020
Deputy Administrator Jeanne Brandner joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to discuss the current state of juvenile probation in Nebraska. She highlights some of the amazing work being done throughout the state, as well as the guiding principles of practices officers use daily. Your Nebraska Judicial Branch is available to listen and subscribe on all podcast app platforms. Additionally, it is found on the web at: https://nejudicial.buzzsprout.com/ .Read more
September 11, 2020
In January 2020, JBE began the first LGBTQ+ training for new probation staff. JBE and the Probation Staff Development Committee recognized the need for training around the basic understanding and specific case management needs of individuals from the LGBTQ+ community after feedback from numerous individuals attending New Probation Officers Training (NPOT). The training serves as the foundation for increased understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression of LGBTQ+...Read more
Everyday Heroes award
September 10, 2020
The mental and physical health of courthouse employees and visitors became the focus of the Colfax County Clerk Magistrate Ellen Faltys and her staff when they made a conscious decision to choose hope over fear and to boost morale within the courthouse. Their first project was to install rainbows, a symbol of hope and encouragement, throughout the building. Assistant Clerk Julie Bideaux doubled down on the positive outlook by creating cloth face coverings out of fabric decorated with the scales...Read more
September 9, 2020
Viewership of Nebraska Supreme Court arguments jumped four to five times the usual number for September’s ballot arguments. Whether because of limited seating in the courtroom, or the inconvenience of congregating in the State Capitol, nearly 900 people watched Wednesday’s argument session from their desktop computer or mobile (phone or tablet) device. Three ballot initiative challenges made their way to the Court’s September calendar: State ex rel. McNally v. Evnen (expanded gaming), State ex...Read more

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