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Media Releases

Chief justice addresses legislature
January 22, 2020
Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave his 2020 State of the Judiciary speech to the Nebraska Legislature on January 22, 2020, highlighting the Court’s Access to Justice programming across several areas. He noted the Court’s restorative justice work, language access programming, guardian-conservator services, probation efforts, and the dedication of Nebraska’s judges and staff. He concluded his remarks, “The Nebraska Judicial Branch remains committed to the delivery of justice in a fair and timely...Read more
January 13, 2020
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court has been expanded to provide problem-solving court services to individuals in Saunders, Butler, and Colfax Counties. This is an expansion of the problem-solving court, which already exists in Hamilton, Merrick, and York Counties. Judge Tina Marroquin is the presiding judge of the court in all three counties, which began serving participants on January 7, 2020. Judge Rachel Daugherty serves as the presiding judge over the 5th Judicial District...Read more
January 10, 2020
Problem-Solving Court Chairperson, Judge Jim Doyle of Lexington, speaks to the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee during a briefing on Problem-Solving and Mental Health Courts, January 9, 2020. The briefing, held the second day of the legislative session, was open to all members of the Legislature. The NET News report aired in early 2020: Nebraska Drug Courts Expand In 2019, Mental Health Courts Possible In 2020.Read more
January 10, 2020
LINCOLN – Seth J. Felton, C. J. Roberts, Hazell G. Rodriguez, Michelle D. Sabata, David P. Thompson, Elise M. W. White, all of Lincoln; Wendy L. Elston, Seward; Jennifer A. Huxoll, Palmyra; Natalie G. Nelsen, Holdrege; and Mark D. Raffety, Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Toni Thorson. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the Supreme Court...Read more
January 10, 2020
Nebraska’s Office of Public Guardian (OPG), under the Judicial Branch, has released their 2019 Annual Report. The report (linked below) notes: “While data, information, and program benchmarks are important reflections of OPG work, the vulnerable adults served by the OPG are, truly, the OPG’s reason for being. It is important their voices be heard, their stories told. This report continues to share memorials of wards who have passed away. Their stories reiterate that any of us, given the right...Read more
January 10, 2020
LINCOLN – Greg M. Ariza, Omaha; Francis W. Barron III, Arlington; Patrick M. Lee, Kearney; Mark D. Raffety, Omaha; Timothy M. Schulz, Fremont; Desirae M. Solomon, Omaha; and Christina L. Thornton, Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as County Court Judge in the 6th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, with the...Read more
January 8, 2020
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in the Legislative Chamber. Nebraska Educational Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage which can be viewed online at: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html (link will appear as: Unicameral: Legislative Session). Chief Justice Heavican gives the State of the Judiciary address at the invitation of the...Read more
January 3, 2020
A three-judge sentencing panel for State of Nebraska v. Aubrey Trial , CR 18-37, in the District Court for Saline County has been named. Presiding Judge Vicky Johnson requested the Chief Justice appoint two judges as panel members, in accordance with Nebraska statute. The judges, Julie D. Smith and Michael A. Smith were randomly selected from a statewide list of judges. Johnson will serve as the presiding judge. Generally, hearings of the three judge panels occur in the same location as the...Read more
December 16, 2019
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 and Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the Washington County Courthouse, 1555 Colfax Street, district courtroom, Blair, Nebraska, beginning 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill...Read more
December 16, 2019
The Nebraska Supreme Court has set its 2020 winter and spring calendar of traveling arguments. Travel sessions are scheduled: February 6, 2020: University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln March 5, 2020: Creighton University School of Law followed by Omaha Northwest High School – National Judicial Outreach Week session May 4, 2020: McCook High School in McCook – Law Day session For the past 35 years, the justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court have traveled to each of Nebraska’s law schools...Read more

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