Media Releases

Media Releases

September 23, 2020
Nebraska County Court Judge Linda Caster Senff, 5th Judicial District, announced her retirement effective October 31, 2020. Senff was appointed to the bench in 2005 and was retained in her position by area voters, most recently in 2014. In her letter to the Governor and Chief Justice, Senff noted, “I am honored to have been part of the Nebraska Judicial Branch which is full of dedicated judges, lawyers and staff seeking to provide legal services and access to justice for everyone.” During her...Read more
September 22, 2020
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the County Court Courtroom, Dakota County Courthouse, 1601 Broadway, Dakota City, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 29, 2020. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Dakota City, Nebraska, with the understanding that...Read more
September 22, 2020
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Jonathan J. Papik, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Judge in Lancaster County will hold a public hearing in Legislative Hearing Room 1525 of the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on October 27, 2020. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy...Read more
September 21, 2020
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for those having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule § 3-117 for admission. A swearing-in ceremony took place September 15th at 1:00 p.m. both in person at Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater and simultaneously using WebEx video conferencing technology for those who couldn’t attend in person due to COVID-19. The following list of...Read more
September 15, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduaton and Celebration WHAT: The Douglas County District Court is pleased to announce that three (3) participants have successfully completed the Adult Drug Court Program. This ceremony will bring the total number of participants who have graduated from the Adult Drug Court program to 2,045 since its inception. We are proud to be able to honor the Adult Drug Court graduates through this demonstration of achievement, and we welcome you to be a part of...Read more
September 14, 2020
After just over forty years on the bench, First Judicial District County Court Judge Steven B. Timm will retire October 31, 2020. In his notice to the Governor, Timm noted, “Since my appointment by Governor Thone, I have had the opportunity to observe the judicial branch grow, improve, and strive to meet our special obligation to provide ‘Equality Before the Law’ in accordance with the state motto.” He added, “My thanks go to the court staff who are extraordinarily dedicated and competent; to...Read more
September 3, 2020
Judge of the District Court, Third Judicial District, John A. Colborn, has announced his retirement effective October 31, 2020. In his notice to the Governor, Colborn noted, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska as a district court judge for the last twenty years.” He added, “It has been a pleasure working with the dedicated judges of the District Court of Lancaster County.” As his legacy, Judge Colborn leaves the community with the Lancaster County...Read more
Ballot Initiatives are Streaming
September 1, 2020
The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear arguments on three ballot initiative challenges this week. Wednesday afternoon the Court will hear lawyers argue State ex rel. McNally v. Evnen (expanded gaming) and on Thursday afternoon the Court will hear arguments on State ex rel. Wagner v. Evnen (medical marijuana). On Friday at 9:00 a.m. the Court will hear Thomas v. Peterson, a case appealed from district court regarding the language to be used on the ballot for a statutory initiative regarding...Read more
August 31, 2020
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206: Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the County Court of the 6th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Kurt T. Rager effective July 31, 2020, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary office location of such vacancy; and Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the...Read more
August 20, 2020
Judge Michael W. Pirtle, Omaha, has been appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals beginning September 13, 2020. “The Supreme Court looks forward to working with Judge Pirtle as Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals,” said Nebraska Chief Justice Mike Heavican. “Judge Pirtle has been an integral part of the Court of Appeals since his appointment to the bench in 2011. His communication skills and passion for the law make him a natural leader.” The duty of the Chief Judge of the Court...Read more

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