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Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican Visits Western Nebraska Court Outreach and Childrens Programs & Probation Pilot Projects

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican Visits Western Nebraska Court Outreach and Childrens' Programs & Probation Pilot Projects

Monday August 13

3:30 to 4:30
Chief Justice/Judge Carlton Clark
Eyes of Child Team Meeting
Old county courtroom, Courthouse, Lexington

3:30 to 4:30
Judge James Doyle/Court Staff
Library Training
Lexington Public Library

North Platte
Tuesday August 14

9 to 10:30  Chief Justice/Probation Staff
Probation Juvenile Program - District 11 North Platte 
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office 302 North Jeffers

Tuesday August 14

1 to 2:30 p.m. (MTN)
Chief Justice/Judge Randin Roland
Eyes of Child Team Meeting 
Cheyenne County Courthouse, Sidney

Tuesday August 14

Library Open House – Chief Heavican & Paul Snyder
Scottsbluff Library

Court Staff
Library Training

Wednesday August 15

9 to 10:30 a.m.
Chief Justice/ Probation Staff
Probation Juvenile Program- District 12 Gering 
Scotts Bluff County Court room

Wednesday August 15

10 – 11
Library Training/Court Staff
Alliance Library training  

12 Noon
Chief Justice/State Court Administrator Janice Walker
Friend of the Court Award – Luis Sanchez

1:00 – 2
Chief Justice/Judge Russell Harford
Eyes of Child Team Meeting 
Box Butte County Courthouse, Alliance


Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative


Chief Justice Heavican is visiting teams of the “Through the Eyes of the Child” Initiative. A principle tenet of the program is that Nebraska’s judges must take an active leadership role in improving the court process for child protection cases. Judges have an enormous amount of respect from the community and court stakeholders, as well as great responsibility in the judicial system. Judges’ greatest ability to improve the lives of foster children lies in systematic changes and procedural improvements in the courts.


In order to bring about change within the system, the initiative was instituted statewide. Judges hosting special team meetings in conjunction with the Chief Justice’s visit are: Carlton Clark, Lexington; Randin Roland, Sidney; and, Russ Harford, Alliance


Photo Opportunities: Although this will be a standard meeting, the Chief Justice will be with with the local judge and can be photographed visiting the courthouse.


Library Training and Open House


Several public libraries across the state received new computers, increased broadband service and/or computer stations (desks, electrical outlets, and chairs) through the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project, funded by government grants and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Individuals who have access to computers and are trained to use them are able to pay tickets, check court schedules, download forms and renew their licenses online resulting in substantial savings in both time and money for individuals and the Courts. Courts are important partners in the effort to connect Nebraskans with this type of e-government access. Courts throughout the state are participating in library open houses with the idea that public computer centers will serve as important community gateways for government access. 


All computers can be used free of charge to access court records, find health information, take advantage of educational opportunities, hunt for jobs, explore small business options, etc. Public libraries are the most commonly used place (outside the home or office) for accessing the internet.


Photo Opportunities: There will be excellent photo opportunities of patrons using the computers and participating in the workshop.


Juvenile Services Delivery Project

Initial Meeting for Pilot Projects to Serve North Platte, Scottsbluff and Surrounding Area


The Nebraska Juvenile Service Delivery Project was developed and is operated by the Court’s Office of Probation Administration. The pilot project, which is currently operating in Douglas County, displayed great promise last year, as noted by the Nebraska Chief Justice in his January State of the Judiciary address. While under probation supervision, 635 juveniles were able to access rehabilitative services without becoming State wards and 83 percent of the juveniles participating in the project were served while remaining in their own homes.


Through the project, children, who were found to have violated the law, receive necessary rehabilitative services without being made wards of the State. The Chief stated to the legislature, “We think this program is both efficient and effective. We hope the program will be fully funded and expanded to at least one county in rural Nebraska.” 


The project implementation has exceeded expectations with pilot projects in both North Platte and Scottsbluff. This is the first time that the Chief Justice has had the opportunity to meet with the new teams.


Photo Opportunities: There will be new local staff meeting with experienced community members along with the Chief Justice and Program Coordinator, Corey Steel.

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