Media Releases

Media Releases

February 9, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: Cass County Adult Drug Court will be celebrating its first graduation ceremony at the Cass County Courthouse in Plattsmouth. WHO: Honorable Michael A. Smith will preside over the graduation from Problem-Solving Court. WHEN: Monday, February 14, 2022 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Cass County Courthouse 346 Main Street Plattsmouth, NE WHY: For Problem-Solving Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of...Read more
February 4, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge Bryan Meismer of Dakota City, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 4, 2022. Meismer heard arguments in the case of State v. Brunsen (21-0354). In this appeal, Brunsen challenges the district court’s denial of his petition to set aside a 1988 misdemeanor criminal conviction. He sat in place of Chief Justice Mike Heavican, who was recused from the case. The Court session was held in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Nebraska State...Read more
February 2, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge J Russell Derr of Omaha, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 2, 2022. Derr heard arguments in the case of Florence Lake Investments v. Berg (21-350). In this garnishment action, the district court found Zoetis as Plan Administrator was not liable as garnishee and declined to enter judgment against Zoetis. He sat in place of Justice Jonathan Papik who was recused from the case. The Court session was held in the Supreme Court...Read more
February 1, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge Kevin McManaman of Lincoln, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on February 1, 2022. McManaman heard arguments in the case of State v. Surber (S-20-0856) which is a direct appeal from a conviction and sentence for first degree murder. Surber has been sentenced to life in prison. He sat in place of Justice Freudenberg, who was recused from the case. The Court session was held in the Supreme Court Courtroom of the Nebraska State Capitol in...Read more
January 28, 2022
MEDIA ADVISORY: Problem-Solving Court Graduation and Celebration WHAT: The 5 th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court in Butler County will be holding a graduation ceremony and celebration at the Butler County Courthouse in David City to honor three successful graduates from the problem-solving court program. WHO: Honorable Tina Marroquin, District Court Judge, will preside over the graduation. WHEN: February 8, 2022 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Butler County Courthouse, District Courtroom 451 N. 5 th...Read more
January 27, 2022
Annette Shafer was selected to serve as Lincoln County Clerk Magistrate in North Platte as of Monday, January 24, 2022. “Annette has 10 years of experience with the Lincoln County Court,” according to Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. “Her knowledge of the various case types, as well as the judges, staff, county officials and court users make her an excellent choice for clerk magistrate. We look forward to working with her.” County court clerk magistrates work under the general...Read more
January 27, 2022
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Friday, February 18, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. central standard time, in Room 1510 of the State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Nebraska, to consider the following agenda items: Whether a judicial vacancy exists in the District Court of the 1 st Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Vicky L. Johnson effective January 31, 2022, and if so whether to recommend a primary office location. Whether a judicial vacancy exists in...Read more
January 25, 2022
Allison O’Neill, Child and Family Service Specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services, has been selected to serve as York County Court clerk magistrate in York. O’Neill will begin work upon the retirement of current clerk magistrate Kathy Barnes on February 11, 2022. “Allison’s work with DHHS supplements her degree in criminal justice with real-world experience. Her knowledge and insight into the workings of the court, along with her passion for service, make Allison an excellent...Read more
State of the Judiciary Address
January 21, 2022
Chief Justice Mike Heavican delivered his annual State of the Judiciary address in the Unicameral Legislative Chamber on January 21, 2022. The address was given at the invitation of the Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Mike Hilgers. The Chief Justice used his time with the legislature to highlight Judicial Branch priorities for the upcoming year, review the previous year, and provide relevant information directly to lawmakers. During his remarks, the Chief Justice noted that the Judicial...Read more
January 14, 2022
The Office of Public Guardian has issued their 2021 annual report, outlining information about the individuals served and programs hosted through the Nebraska Judicial Branch. In addition to the specific data regarding the number of wards, types of guardianship/conservatorship cases, the capacity of the Office to serve, and the status of waiting lists, readers will find stories and observations by Associate Public Guardians serving wards and protected persons throughout the state. Through the...Read more

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