Media Releases

Media Releases

January 16, 2018
The Washington County Adult Drug Court will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 22, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Washington County District Courtroom, 1555 Colfax Street, Blair, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge John Samson, District Court will host the ceremony and will deliver the keynote address. Drug Court...Read more
January 8, 2018
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 11th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the Legislative Chamber. NET Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage which can be viewed online at NET's website: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html (link will appear as: Unicameral: Legislative Session ). Before the end of January, the State of the Judiciary will be archived and available...Read more
January 5, 2018
The Probation Juvenile Services Division’s Detailed Analysis for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 report has been published to the Judicial Branch Website and is available to the public. The Nebraska Juvenile Probation System strives to provide a balanced approached to justice. While juvenile probation officers have a primary responsibility to hold youth accountable and enforce orders of the court, their overarching goal is to facilitate youth rehabilitation. Long-term public safety is more readily...Read more
January 3, 2018
Linda Mitchell, Neligh, has been selected to serve as Antelope County Clerk Magistrate. She began her duties on January 2, 2018, replacing retired Clerk Magistrate Barb Finn. Mitchell began working with the county court system on March 1, 1985, as a Court Stenographer. On February 1, 1999, she was promoted to the Assistant Clerk of the Antelope County Court. Since 2007, she has also served as the statewide transcription coordinator, arranging court reporters to type transcripts and bills of...Read more
January 2, 2018
This year’s Office of Public Guardian Annual report case data reaffirms the previous years’ data regarding the complexity of wards and protected persons served by the office. The timeframe for data is December 2016 to November 2017, unless indicated as aggregate data. As of November 30, 2017 the office had an aggregate of 237 Open cases- 205 Full, 5 Limited and 27 Temporary. The 264 wards had 657 identified categories involving complex issues including cognitive impairment, mental health...Read more
December 11, 2017
Kerry Sides, Financial Service Representative at Adams Bank and Trust, has been selected to serve as Lincoln County Clerk Magistrate in North Platte. Sides lives in Hershey, Nebraska, and will begin work with the court system December 18, 2017. She replaces former Clerk Magistrate Melissa Ireland who moved to Lincoln to work in the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation. Sides has previous experience working with the courts having worked at the Lincoln County Court from 2007 to 2013...Read more
November 30, 2017
Lisa Johnson, Court Records Clerk, has been selected to serve as Howard County Court Clerk Magistrate in St. Paul, Nebraska. Johnson will begin her duties on December 1, 2017, replacing retired Clerk Magistrate Marsha Anderson. Johnson has worked in Howard County Court since 2011, and prior to that worked in Hall County Court beginning in 2002. She has a thorough knowledge of court practices and understanding of the needs of Howard County. Johnson has a wealth of experience working with...Read more
November 30, 2017
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Brandie M. Fowler as the state’s new Child Support Referee. Fowler is currently a private practice lawyer in Bellevue whose experience is primarily in the areas of juvenile and family law. As an advocate for children, Fowler has represented the best interests of many children in juvenile court. The Statewide Child Support Referee works in courts throughout Nebraska hearing matters relating to the establishment, modification, enforcement and collection of...Read more
November 29, 2017
LINCOLN – David J. A. Bargen, Adams; Melodie T. Bellamy, Kearney; S. Colin Palm, Bellevue; and Lawrence E. Welch, Jr., Beaver Lake, have submitted applications for appointment as 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. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge...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

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