Media Releases

Media Releases

May 24, 2017
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing in Courtroom #412 at the Douglas ­­­­County Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. 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...Read more
May 22, 2017
Our judicial system is based upon the principle that all those coming before the courts are entitled to equal justice. The Nebraska Supreme Court’s Strategic Agenda identifies “providing access to swift, fair justice” as the first of six overarching goals of the Nebraska Judicial Branch. To further that goal, the Court has approved creation of the Nebraska Access to Justice Commission. The phrase “access to justice” describes the ability of any person, regardless of income, race, ethnicity,...Read more
May 12, 2017
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via video conference on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, judicial vacancies exist in the following locations: 1. Office of district court of the 12th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Randall Lippstreu, effective February 28, 2017, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of...Read more
April 27, 2017
May 23rd & 24th in Kearney and May 25th & 26th in Lincoln Members of Adult Drug and DUI Problem-Solving Court teams from Scottsbluff to Omaha will meet together in May – the month nationally designated as Drug Court Month – for a training and self-assessment of best practice standards. Experts from the National Center for State Courts will travel to Kearney and Lincoln to train on Nebraska’s standards and review local teams’ operating policies and procedures. In addition to the training...Read more
April 18, 2017
Two of Nebraska’s experts on criminal justice reform, Nebraska District Court Judge John Colborn and University of Nebraska - Lincoln Professor Dr. Richard L. Wiener, will discuss Justice Reinvestment with members of Congress on April 20, 2017, from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. through a program sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Colborn and Wiener will discuss issues of criminal justice reform in the Midwest using experiences with recent Justice Reinvestment reforms in...Read more
April 17, 2017
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for the following individuals to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska, having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule §3-117 for admission by examination. The swearing in ceremony will take place April 18, 2017 at 10:00am in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building. Below is a complete list of the individuals who were approved by the Court: Aisha Carr Katherine Ruth...Read more
April 7, 2017
The Inaugural Ceremony for Nebraska’s newest problem solving court, the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court, will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the City-County Chambers Room 112 in the City-County Building, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln. Actress Melissa Fitzgerald, who presently serves as the national Director of Justice for Vets, will be a keynote speaker at the event. The mission of the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court is to honor the service of justice-...Read more
March 17, 2017
LINCOLN -- Alfred E. Corey III, Stacie A. Goding, David R. Medlin, all of Grand Island; and Martin R. Klein, Hickman, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 9th Judicial District consisting of Buffalo and Hall counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Philip M. Martin, Jr. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in County Courtroom...Read more
March 16, 2017
Mr. Tim Sprakel, District 4A Probation, has begun his service as Chief Probation Officer in Omaha. His appointment became effective March 1, 2017. The Chief Probation Officer for District 4A manages a staff of 110 employees which includes 65 Probation Officers at four office locations in Omaha. Sprakel began his career with probation in June of 2000 as an Intensive Supervision Probation Officer. In 2005 he was promoted to Intensive Supervision Probation Supervisor and in 2006 was promoted to...Read more
March 14, 2017
LINCOLN – Nathan B. Cox, Plattsmouth; Erin Ebeler Rolf, Eagle; Louie M. Ligouri, Auburn; David J. Partsch, Nebraska City; Paul A. Payne, Dodge; and Julie D. Smith, Cook, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 1st Judicial District consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, or another site within the...Read more

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