Media Releases

Media Releases

February 13, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: District Six Adult Drug Court, in Dodge County, will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration in the Dodge County District Court to honor another successful graduate from the program. Since the inception of the program in the Fall of 2007, 134 participants have successfully graduated. The Dodge County Drug Court Program has an overall graduation rate of 63.5%, and of those graduates, nearly 79.1% have maintained a...Read more
February 5, 2020
Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge Christopher E. Kelly has announced his retirement. His last day on the bench will be May 1, 2020. In his letter to the Chief Justice, Kelly wrote, "It has been an honor and a privilege for me to be entrusted to serve the State of Nebraska and its children and families as a Douglas Juvenile Court Judge." Judge Kelly has served as a juvenile judge in Omaha from 2000 to 2020 and has worked on numerous committees for the Nebraska Supreme Court and the...Read more
January 27, 2020
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Jonathan J. Papik, the public hearing for the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Supreme Court Courtroom at the Nebraska State Capitol (1445 K Street) in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of Juvenile Court Judge...Read more
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

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