Media Releases

Media Releases

July 6, 2020
Nebraska County Court Judge Kurt T. Rager, 6th Judicial District, announced his retirement effective July 31, 2020. In his announcement letter to the Governor, Rager stated, “It has been my extreme privilege and honor to serve in this capacity [of county court judge] for 19 years.” He continued by thanking all with whom he worked and members of the legal community for making his job so enjoyable. Rager took the county court bench in 2001, where he served several terms as Presiding Judge of the...Read more
June 30, 2020
The limit in small claims cases has been raised from $3,600 to $3,900 as of July 1, 2020. Small claims courts provide citizens of the State of Nebraska a prompt and inexpensive way to resolve minor disputes. Hearings are informal and legal procedures are kept to a minimum. Small claims court is a division of county court and the hearings are conducted by a county judge. Small claims court is limited to civil matters involving disputes regarding amounts of money owed, damage to property or...Read more
Nebraska Chief Justice Issues 6.30.20 Order Regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19
June 30, 2020
Below is the Administrative Order signed June 30, 2020, by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease. Orders of the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court 6.30.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease 5.28.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Senior Law Students; Limited Practice of Law 5.7.20 - Administrative Order Regarding July 2020 Bar Examination 4.23.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Article...Read more
June 26, 2020
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice John R. Freudenberg, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing via WebEx at the Douglas County District Court, Courtroom #412, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 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...Read more
June 10, 2020
Voluntary guidelines to assure an accused the right to a fair trial in Nebraska and to protect the public’s right to know have been revised and renamed. The revised Nebraska Court Coverage Guidelines for Judges, Attorneys and Journalists were unveiled June 2, 2020, by the Bench Media Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. It is the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the original Nebraska Bar-Press Guidelines, written by a volunteer committee of attorneys and journalists. “This 2020...Read more
June 5, 2020
Gage County Court Clerk Magistrate Vicki Brolhorst submitted her notice of retirement effective July 17, 2020, after beginning work with the Judicial Branch on March 27, 1972. In her notice of retirement, Brolhorst noted that she has enjoyed working for the state court system for the last 48 years and will miss the people she has met through her work. “I am very lucky to have worked with great staff, and I know that they will continue to be an asset to the court system,” said Brolhorst. “Vicki...Read more
June 4, 2020
Katherine Armbruster, records clerk, has been selected to serve as Stanton County Court Clerk Magistrate in Stanton, Nebraska. Armbruster began work as Clerk Magistrate on June 1, 2020. “Katherine has worked with retiring Stanton County Court clerk magistrate Phyllis Cleveland for 13 years, and has a thorough understanding of the needs and responsibilities of the court. Katherine’s experience, patience and work ethic make her an excellent choice for clerk magistrate,” according to Trial Court...Read more
June 2, 2020
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., to determine whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County due to the retirement of Judge Christopher E. Kelly, effective May 1, 2020. Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 (Reissue 2016), the public hearing will be conducted via telephone conference from public hearing room 1510 at the Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska. Only members...Read more
May 20, 2020
As Directed Health Measures begin to ease across the state, Nebraska’s Judicial Branch continues to adapt to the ever-changing climate. In consultation with county commissioners and local legal communities, courts and offices statewide continue to modify operational protocols to accommodate the conditions dictated by the pandemic. While some of the Judicial Branch’s physical spaces may have been forced to shutter by the coronavirus, the work of Nebraska’s courts, probation, and all other...Read more
May 15, 2020
Deanne Uhrmacher, records clerk, has been selected to serve as Butler County Court Clerk Magistrate in David City. Uhrmacher began her work as Clerk Magistrate on May 11, 2020. “This is a difficult time to become a new Clerk Magistrate. While COVID-19 has resulted in an incredible amount of pressure on all levels of government, Nebraska state courts continue to adapt and be innovative in their approach to ensure the courts remain open and focused on all cases, especially those that involve...Read more

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