Media Releases

Media Releases

August 27, 2019
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jim Curry , Northeast Community College, (402) 844-7063 Northeast Community College working with the Nebraska Supreme Court to train more interpreters NORFOLK, NE – In an effort to increase the number of interpreters to work in courtrooms across the state, Northeast Community College is partnering with the Nebraska Supreme Court to offer training to certify individuals to help alleviate the shortage. “This is a very promising step,” said Justice John Freudenberg, chair of...Read more
August 23, 2019
LINCOLN – Pamela L. Hopkins, Fontanelle; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Robert W. Kortus, Lincoln; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; Brendan M. Kelly, Matthew M. Munderloh, Mark D. Raffety, and Christina L. Thornton, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 6th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties. The primary office location of this vacancy will be in either Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska; Ponca,...Read more
August 23, 2019
Ms. Ashley Griess will begin service as Chief Probation Officer in the First Judicial District on September 1, 2019. The First Judicial District includes Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties. As Probation Chief, Griess will manage a staff of over 40 employees, which includes 25 probation officers in six office locations throughout the district. Griess has served as the Chief Deputy in District #1 since 2017. She joined the judicial...Read more
August 20, 2019
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska . The purpose of the hearing is to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the following location: Office of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas county, due to the retirement of Judge Douglas F. Johnson effective August 31, 2019, and if so to make a...Read more
July 23, 2019
Judge of the Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, Douglas F. Johnson, is retiring effective August 31, 2019. In his announcement letter to the Governor, Johnson called attention to his court staff who routinely go “beyond the call of duty” spending countless hours in court-community related service projects like the Annual Reunification Day Picnic, National Adoption Day, and Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. He noted, “For almost 26 years I have enjoyed the privilege of presiding in...Read more
July 23, 2019
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its graduation ceremony on July 24th, 2019 at 2:00 pm, in the Legislative Chamber of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, community supervision officer, law enforcement, and treatment providers work together to design an individualized program. Compliance with...Read more
July 10, 2019
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington Counties) held its first public hearing on the qualifications of four candidates who previously submitted their names to fill the vacancy in the office of District Judge due to the resignation of Judge Paul J. Vaughan. Article V, § 21(1) of the Nebraska Constitution requires...Read more
June 19, 2019
LINCOLN – Theodore P. Arndt, Elkhorn; Pamela L. Hopkins, Fontanelle; Brendan M. Kelly, Omaha; and Melinda B. Wicks, Sioux City, Iowa, have submitted applications for appointment as District 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 is Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska The vacancy is due to the resignation of Judge Paul J. Vaughan. The public hearing of the...Read more
June 6, 2019
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the Dakota County Courthouse, 1601 Broadway Street, district courtroom, Dakota City, Nebraska, beginning 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to...Read more
May 16, 2019
Lancaster County Court will be holding after hours “Night Court” sessions on the evenings of May 30, 2019, and June 27, 2019. These sessions will be held on the second floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse in Lancaster County Courtroom No. 24 and will run from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on those two days. The purpose of these additional court sessions is to provide greater access to the justice system to those individuals that cannot miss work to attend regular court sessions without risking...Read more

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