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Media Releases

September 13, 2019
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 1 p.m., to determine whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County due to the resignation of Judge Elizabeth G. Crnkovich, effective September 11, 2019, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 (Reissue 2016), the public hearing will be conducted...Read more
September 11, 2019
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John R. Freudenberg, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing at the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #412, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of...Read more
September 11, 2019
Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Elizabeth G. Crnkovich has resigned her position. Her last day on the bench is September 11, 2019. In her letter to the Governor, Crnkovich wrote, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the children and families in Douglas County for almost 25 years! I am forever grateful for having had such a wonderful opportunity.” Crnkovich served on the Omaha bench from 1995 through today. The first step in replacing Judge Crnkovich will be for the Judicial...Read more
September 9, 2019
The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, 555 South 10th Street, Room 112, Lincoln, Nebraska. For Veterans Treatment Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of treatment, close supervision, frequent testing, and full accountability. Presiding Veterans Treatment Court, Judge John A. Colborn will host the ceremony. Guest speakers include...Read more
August 27, 2019
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jim Curry , Northeast Community College, (402) 844-7063 Northeast Community College working with the Nebraska Supreme Court to train more interpreters NORFOLK, NE – In an effort to increase the number of interpreters to work in courtrooms across the state, Northeast Community College is partnering with the Nebraska Supreme Court to offer training to certify individuals to help alleviate the shortage. “This is a very promising step,” said Justice John Freudenberg, chair of...Read more
August 23, 2019
LINCOLN – Pamela L. Hopkins, Fontanelle; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Robert W. Kortus, Lincoln; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; Brendan M. Kelly, Matthew M. Munderloh, Mark D. Raffety, and Christina L. Thornton, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 6th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties. The primary office location of this vacancy will be in either Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska; Ponca,...Read more
August 23, 2019
Ms. Ashley Griess will begin service as Chief Probation Officer in the First Judicial District on September 1, 2019. The First Judicial District includes Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties. As Probation Chief, Griess will manage a staff of over 40 employees, which includes 25 probation officers in six office locations throughout the district. Griess has served as the Chief Deputy in District #1 since 2017. She joined the judicial...Read more
August 20, 2019
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska . The purpose of the hearing is to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the following location: Office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas county, due to the retirement of Judge Douglas F. Johnson effective August 31, 2019, and if so to make a...Read more
July 23, 2019
Judge of the Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas F. Johnson, is retiring effective August 31, 2019. In his announcement letter to the Governor, Johnson called attention to his court staff who routinely go “beyond the call of duty” spending countless hours in court-community related service projects like the Annual Reunification Day Picnic, National Adoption Day, and Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. He noted, “For almost 26 years I have enjoyed the privilege of presiding in...Read more
July 23, 2019
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony on July 24th, 2019 at 2:00 pm, in the Legislative Chamber of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, community supervision officer, law enforcement, and treatment providers work together to design an individualized program. Compliance with...Read more

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