Media Releases

Media Releases

May 1, 2020
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for those having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule § 3-117 for admission. A swearing-in ceremony took place April 21st at 10:00 a.m. using WebEx video conferencing technology as required by gathering restrictions imposed for Covid-19. The following list of individuals participated in the ceremony. Arielle Marilyn Bloemer Brett...Read more
April 17, 2020
Stanton County Court Clerk Magistrate Phyllis Cleveland submitted her notice of retirement effective May 31, 2020, after over 47 years of service to the Judicial Branch. “The duties and responsibilities of county court clerk magistrate have grown and changed over the years, and Phyllis has embraced the challenges with dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm, said Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. “She provides customer service with patience and understanding, and has been a...Read more
April 9, 2020
The Nebraska Judicial Branch joins the ranks of governmental institutions and legal associations communicating through social media. According to State Court Administrator Corey Steel, “It is important during these times of expanded communication options that our administrative offices are able to communicate directly with the public.” The core of the Court’s information will reside on the official website of the Nebraska Judicial Branch ( https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov ). Social media tools...Read more
April 8, 2020
Even as courts across the state are taking precautions to protect staff and court users from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, Douglas County finds itself with Coronavirus within their legal community. The state's largest courthouse has been following recommended guidelines including restricting access to the courtrooms, limiting hearings, continuing arraignments, trials and time payments, and asking health questions of those who come into the building. News stories regarding exposure are found...Read more
Chief Justice Issues Second Order
April 7, 2020
Below is the Administrative Order signed April 6, 2020, by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease. Read the Second Order: 4.6.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease Read the First Order: 3.12.20 - S-20-247: Administrative Order Regarding COVID-19 preparedness Read Chief Justice Heavican’s Memoranda regarding the essential services provided by state courts: Our State Courts Remain Open (3.20.20 ) “...Read more
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

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