Ms. Janice K. Walker, Nebraska State Court Administrator and longtime Judicial Branch employee, announced her retirement after nine years as head of court administration for the Nebraska Supreme Court, effective May 5, 2014.
Walker was appointed State Court Administrator on May 13, 2005, to oversee the administrative operations of the statewide court system. Walker is only the fourth person to be appointed as State Court Administrator.
Chief Justice Mike Heavican remarked, “Janice Walker has provided exemplary service to the judiciary and the citizens of Nebraska over the last 37 years. Her work as Court Administrator the last 9 years has been especially distinguished. She has prioritized better service to the public and greater electronic access to the courts. As Chief Justice, I could not have done my job without her considerable assistance. She will be greatly missed.”
Besides being responsible for implementing the rules and policies of the Supreme Court as they apply to court administration, the State Court Administrator oversees the budget for Judicial Branch needs, develops and promotes statewide administrative practices and procedures, oversees the operation of trial court programs and strategic initiatives, and serves as a liaison with other branches of government. Walker and her staff perform duties related to fiscal operations, personnel management, education, statistical caseload information, public information, court services, and many other administrative matters involving the trial and appellate courts.
As State Court Administrator, Walker oversaw considerable change in the Nebraska courts in recent years, including a substantial increase in automated court services, growth in court interpreter services, and support for self-represented litigants. Along with the expansion of drug and problem-solving courts, Walker worked hand-in-hand with Probation Administration to expand services to both juveniles and adults.
Walker began public service in the McCook probation office and subsequently moved to the Red Willow County Court where she became Clerk Magistrate. She remained with the county court until 1984, when she accepted a position as Associate Administrator in the Administrative Office of the Courts in Lincoln.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of State Court Administrators, Walker works on a national level to design education and programming for Court Administrators in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She currently co-chairs the Conference of Chief Justices’ and Court Administrators’ Elders in the Court Committee. Along with Senator Bob Krist, Walker co-chairs the statewide Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Region V Behavioral Health.