Media Releases

Media Releases

November 21, 2017
Patrick R. McDermott, county court judge of the 5th Judicial District, is retiring effective January 31, 2018, after 20 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge McDermott noted, “Words cannot express the honor, joy and satisfaction that come with the opportunity to serve the people of this state as a judge.” He added, “The men and women of the Nebraska judiciary are without equal, and the pride I feel having been numbered among them is the...Read more
November 21, 2017
The Douglas County Adult Drug Court will hold its 99th ceremony and celebration on December 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Omaha/Douglas County Civic Center Legislative Chambers in Omaha, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. There will be 12 graduates. Judges presiding over the Adult Drug Court include: Gary Randall, Gregory Schatz, Thomas Otepka, and Leigh Ann...Read more
November 17, 2017
Everett O. Inbody, Court of Appeals Judge of the 5th Appellate Court Judicial District, is retiring effective January 1, 2018, after over 30 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Governor, Inbody noted it has been his honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska and specifically the 5th Judicial District for almost 32 years as a County Court, District Court, and Appellate Court Judge. “I am thankful for the opportunities presented to me during these past 32...Read more
November 16, 2017
Nebraska courts celebrate National Adoption Day each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving or a Saturday immediately following the holiday. Participating courts hold parties for adoptive families, finalize adoptions where children are ready, and educate the public about the adoption process. This year there will be eight communities/courts celebrating Nebraska Adoption Day (see listing below). Nebraska’s Adoption Day partners include the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services,...Read more
November 15, 2017
A new juvenile probation research study validated Nebraska probation’s assessment tool. The assessment tool, named “Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory,” emphasizes the importance of tailoring treatment and supervision to meet the needs of individual youth on probation. Accurate use of this evidence-based assessment tool provides direction for behavior change, making youth less likely to return to the court system. In a report published in October 2017, Dr. Richard Wiener and his...Read more
November 15, 2017
Patrick R. McDermott, county court judge of the 5th Judicial District, is retiring effective January 31, 2018, after 20 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge McDermott noted, “Words cannot express the honor, joy and satisfaction that come with the opportunity to serve the people of this state as a judge.” He added, “The men and women of the Nebraska judiciary are without equal, and the pride I feel having been numbered among them is the...Read more
November 14, 2017
Kerri Irwin, current assistant clerk for the county court in Dakota County, has been promoted to serve as clerk magistrate in Dakota City. Irwin will begin her duties as clerk magistrate on December 1, 2017, following the retirement of current Clerk Magistrate Paula Jensen. Kerri began her career with the court in 2013, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position as clerk magistrate. County Court Clerk Magistrates work under the general direction of the presiding county...Read more
November 13, 2017
The Central Nebraska Drug Court will hold a ceremony and celebration on November 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Windmill Center in Minden, Nebraska. Nebraska State Senator John Kuehn will deliver the graduation ceremony keynote address. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. There will be 28 graduates from Phelps, Buffalo, Kearney, Adams and Hall Counties. Judges presiding...Read more
November 9, 2017
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1205 to determine whether (1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any judicial district or a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district, or (2) the judicial district boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the district or county courts. The Commission shall also examine current caseload statistics and make any appropriate recommendations for the more...Read more
November 8, 2017
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Stephanie F. Stacy, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Court of Appeals Judge in the 5th Judicial District (consisting of Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Thayer, Webster and York Counties) will hold a public hearing at the York County Courthouse, 510 North Lincoln Avenue, district courtroom, in York, Nebraska...Read more

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