Media Releases

Media Releases

March 30, 2020
Because the health and safety of all court users and court staff is a priority, the Nebraska Supreme Court will conduct oral arguments through the use of technology for cases listed on the April Call. Nebraska Educational Television will broadcast the Chief Justice from the Courtroom as usual; the remainder of the Justices, as well as the attorneys, will participate in oral arguments by telephone. Audio of all proceedings conducted in this manner will be available through Nebraska Educational...Read more
March 23, 2020
Over the last several days, the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court has received requests from a number of individuals and organizations to impose some kind of moratorium on eviction hearings in the Courts and is mindful of the difficulties presented. Eviction hearings in Nebraska are governed by statutes duly enacted by the Legislature. With respect to eviction matters, the Legislature requires hearing in 10 to 14 days after service upon a tenant. The Supreme Court cannot, nor can the...Read more
March 20, 2020
The Clerk of the Nebraska Court of Appeals sent the following notice to attorneys and self-represented litigants who are scheduled to argue before the Court of Appeals during the April 2020 session: The Nebraska Court of Appeals is carefully monitoring the evolving circumstances presented by the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. Therefore, the Court of Appeals is considering submitting cases on the April 2020 Call without oral argument to limit exposure to the public and...Read more
Chief Justice declares courts open
March 20, 2020
During Emergencies, Courts are Essential: The Nebraska Judicial Branch remains committed to public safety and to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals. Crime does not stop during an emergency. Likewise, the need to address child neglect and administer juvenile justice continues, as does the need for emergency protection orders. The need to protect vulnerable adults also remains. Because these needs, along with a host of other issues, can only be addressed by our courts and trial...Read more
March 18, 2020
The Clerk of the Nebraska Supreme Court sent the following notice to attorneys and self-represented litigants who are scheduled to argue before the Supreme Court during the April 2020 session: The Nebraska Supreme Court is carefully monitoring the evolving circumstances presented by the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. The Supreme Court is considering submitting cases on the April 2020 Call without oral argument to limit exposure to the public and persons at higher risk...Read more
March 16, 2020
Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State, and Federal meetings to be rescheduled The March 2020 Nebraska court engagement sessions with Native American community members are postponed until further notice. The sessions were originally scheduled on March 23, 2020, in Scottsbluff and March 24, 2020, in Rushville. The decision to postpone these community events is made in cooperation with non-essential travel limitations due to the possible spread of COVID-19. About the sessions: The Nebraska...Read more
COVID
March 12, 2020
Below is the Administrative Order signed March 12, 2020, by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease. Read the Order: Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease Access to justice and Nebraska’s courts is a constitutional priority even in emergencies. This Administrative Order is designed to preserve that access.Read more
February 27, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: District #11 Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court, in Dawson County, will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration in the Dawson County District Court to honor another successful graduate from the program. The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court is an Adult Drug Court in Probation District #11. WHO: Honorable James E. Doyle IV, District Court Judge, will preside over the graduation from Problem-Solving Court...Read more
February 27, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: District #11 Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court, in Lincoln County, will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration in the Lincoln County District Court to honor another successful graduate from the program. The Midwest Nebraska Problem-Solving Court is an Adult Drug Court in Probation District #11. WHO: Honorable Michael E. Piccolo, District Court Judge, will preside over the graduation from Problem-Solving Court...Read more
February 26, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY The Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State, and Federal Courts has invited Native American communities to share their thoughts and concerns about the court system in Nebraska at two Western Nebraska public engagement sessions (dates and times below). WHO: The Nebraska Consortium of Tribal, State and Federal Courts with facilitator Judge William Thorne, Jr. (ret.) of the Pomo Tribe. WHAT: Nebraska Tribal, State, and Federal Courts engagement with Native American community members...Read more

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