Media Releases

Media Releases

February 9, 2017
Findings and analysis from a research study concerning the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend (recidivism) in Nebraska has been presented to the Nebraska Supreme Court, distributed to state senators, and posted on the Judicial Branch Website. The study, commissioned by the Supreme Court Administrative Office of Probation, is a comprehensive evaluation of recidivism rates among ex-offenders who have successfully completed probation in Nebraska. The study found that recidivism following...Read more
February 7, 2017
The investiture of David K. Arterburn as a Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 4th Judicial District, will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017, in the Warner Legislative Chamber, 2nd Floor, Nebraska State Capitol. Judge Arterburn is replacing John F. Irwin who retired from the Court of Appeals in November 2016. Judge Todd J. Hutton, County Court 2nd Judicial District, will serve as host for the ceremony and Judge William B. Zastera, District Court 2nd Judicial District,...Read more
January 13, 2017
Judge of the District Court, 12th Judicial District, Randall L. Lippstreu, is retiring February 28, 2017. Described as a great mentor, Lippstreu is known among judges as someone who makes himself available to assist others with problem-solving whenever requested. “I can think of no one who works longer hours, or who works as hard to get it right, and his appellate record is reflective of his good work,” remarked fellow Judge Leo Dobrovolny. “We will greatly miss his guidance and calm demeanor...Read more
January 6, 2017
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 10th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, 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: Nebraska: Legislative Session). Before the end of the month, the State of the Judiciary will be archived and available...Read more
January 5, 2017
Ronald Murtaugh, Chief of Police at Ralston, has been selected to serve as Judicial Administrator for Nebraska’s largest county court in Omaha. Murtaugh will remain police chief until February 6, 2017, when he starts his new position with judicial administration at Douglas County Court. Murtaugh is a law enforcement executive with almost 30 years of law enforcement experience. While serving as Ralston’s Police Chief, his responsibilities included budgeting, strategic planning, establishment of...Read more
January 4, 2017
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via video conference on Thursday, February 9, 2017, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, judicial vacancies exist in the following locations: 1.Office of district court of the 1st Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr., effective December 31, 2016, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office...Read more
December 15, 2016
Attorneys practicing in Nebraska can now eFile in any level of court in the state. The county and district courts, separate juvenile courts, Workers’ Compensation Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court are all now accepting electronic filings through a single web-based system. Unified access for attorneys to file documents through a single online structure is the realization of a Nebraska Judicial Branch strategic initiative started in 2008. With the connection of all state courts into one...Read more
December 13, 2016
Judge of the County Court, 9th Judicial District, Philip (Mac) M. Martin, Jr., is retiring January 31, 2017. Judge Martin is a former President of the Nebraska County Judges Association and has served on numerous judicial committees throughout his career. He mentored new judges from across the state through the County Judges Education Committee for several years, training many of the judges who are on the bench today. Martin is a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow, an organization that...Read more
December 1, 2016
Nebraska’s trial judges’ associations installed new presidents during their annual meetings in LaVista on October 27, 2016. Judge J. Russell Derr, Omaha, is president of the Nebraska District Judges’ Association; Judge Arthur S. Wetzel, Grand Island, is president of the Nebraska County Judges’ Association; and, Judge Roger J. Heideman, Lincoln, president of the Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges Association. Each president will serve until October 2017. Judges’ associations allow courts to...Read more
November 16, 2016
Judge of the District Court, 1st Judicial District, Daniel E. Bryan, Jr., is retiring effective December 31, 2016. In his announcement letter to Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Judge Bryan thanked the people of the Tenth and First Judicial Districts of Nebraska for trusting him to serve as a state court judge for the last 27 years. “Always in my heart, Nebraska is home wherever I go,” wrote Bryan. Judge Bryan served Nebraskans as both a county court judge and a district court judge. He sat on the...Read more

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