Judicial Resources to Hold Annual Meeting on December 10

Judicial Resources to Hold Annual Meeting on December 10

Monday, November 25, 2019

On December 10, 2019, at 1 p.m., central time, the Judicial Resources Commission will meet to take up the following matters:

1. The Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1205 to determine whether (1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any judicial district or a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district, or (2) the judicial district boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the district or county courts. The Commission shall also examine current caseload statistics and make any appropriate recommendations for the more balanced use of existing judicial resources.

2. Additionally, the Commission will take up two judicial retirements to determine:

a.         Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Lancaster County due to the retirement of Judge Toni G. Thorson, effective October 16, 2019; and

b.         Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of the County Court, 6th Judicial District due to the retirement of Judge Matt Samuelson, effective October 31, 2019, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.

The December 10th meeting will be held at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska; a copy of the agenda is available here.  Any member of the public may attend the meeting and present, either orally or in writing, any pertinent information concerning the issues to be addressed. Those wishing to provide written information concerning the matters to be addressed may do so either by attending the public hearing in Room 1510 of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, or by mailing the written information to the commission Chair no later than December 2, 2019 at the following address: State Capitol Building, Room 2219, Lincoln, NE 68509, or e-mailing it to: Dawn.Mussmann@nebraska.gov

Following the annual meeting, the Commission will provide the Legislature, the Governor and the Supreme Court with a report of the hearing and any recommendations.

Commission members are:

Honorable Stephanie F. Stacy, Chair

Stephen Bader, Bellevue Robert J. Parker, Hastings
Charles E. Conrad, Hastings Brian Phares, North Platte 
William Dittrick, Omaha

Honorable John E. Samson, Blair

Timothy R. Engler, Lincoln Lori Scherer, Beemer
Michael J. McCarthy, North Platte Robert Slovek, Omaha
Christopher Nielsen, Omaha Darlene Starman, Lincoln
Honorable Robert B. O’Neal, Papillion Jacqueline Tessendorf, Columbus
Honorable Anne M. Paine, McCook  

For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730. For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the Nebraska Relay System at 711.