Media Releases

Media Releases

February 22, 2018
A research study, commissioned by the Supreme Court Administrative Office of Probation, has analyzed and established estimates of juvenile recidivism rates among those discharged from probation supervision in Nebraska. The report is slated to be presented to the Nebraska Supreme Court, distributed to state senators, and is posted on the Judicial Branch Website. The study completed by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team under the direction of Law and Psychology professor Dr. Richard...Read more
February 16, 2018
Nebraska’s Youth Impact team from the Omaha area will be featured in a national education session through the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The success of the team, led by Douglas County Juvenile Judge Doug Johnson, has garnered the attention of national organizers who are using the Douglas County group as national role models for successful programming. The Nebraska Judicial Branch initiated a specialized project in 2012 with Georgetown University’s Center for...Read more
February 16, 2018
LINCOLN – Christine P. Costantakos, Patrick R. Guinan, Jonathan J. Papik, Leigh Ann Retelsdorf, John A. Svoboda, T. Randall Wright, all of Omaha; Michael A. Smith, Springfield; and Cathy S. Trent-Vilim, La Vista, have submitted applications for appointment as Supreme Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District consisting of portions of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the Sarpy County Boardroom, 1210 Golden Gate Drive (2nd floor,...Read more
February 16, 2018
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing in Courtroom #501 at the ­­­­Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018. 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 candidates to...Read more
February 7, 2018
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York County will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on February 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the York County District Courtroom, 510 N Lincoln Ave., York, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge James Stecker will host the ceremony and will deliver the keynote...Read more
January 25, 2018
NOTE: Graduation Date Changed Due to Inclement Weather . Ceremony and celebration on January 29, 2018, at 3:00 p.m . in the Washington County District Courtroom, 1555 Colfax Street, Blair, Nebraska. https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/third-commencement-ceremony-washington-county-adult-drug-court-january-22-2018Read more
January 24, 2018
LINCOLN – On January 23, 2018, Justice Max J. Kelch resigned his position with the Nebraska Supreme Court effective February 15, 2018. According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Supreme Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District (consisting of portions of Douglas and Sarpy Counties) will hold a public hearing in in the Sarpy County Boardroom, 1210 Golden Gate Drive (2nd floor, east side of Administration Wing) in Papillion, Nebraska, beginning...Read more
January 22, 2018
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving Hamilton and Merrick Counties will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 31, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Merrick County District Courtroom, 1510 18th Street, Central City, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge Rachel Daugherty will host the ceremony and...Read more
January 19, 2018
Marie Wiechman, State Librarian, will retire January 31, 2018, after over 28 years of service with the State Library. She joined the Judicial Branch on November 1, 1989, following 10 years with the University of Nebraska Law Library as Circulation Supervisor. Before her work at the Law College she worked three years at the Love Library on UNL’s main campus. According to Chief Justice Mike Heavican, “Wiechman has accomplished a great deal during her time with the Judicial Branch -- her greatest...Read more
January 18, 2018
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. central time, to determine whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County due to the retirement of Judge Wadie Thomas, Jr. effective January 31, 2018, 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...Read more

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