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December 30, 2019
UPDATED INFORMATION: The Supreme Court changes to the rules relating to guardianships and conservatorships have been delayed to become effective April 1, 2020. This delay will allow completion of JUSTICE programing and education for Judges, Staff, Guardians and Attorneys. New forms will also be available April 1, 2020. Office of Public Guardian online education will continue to be available after the first of the year. Live education for guardians and conservators will continue to be available...Read more
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December 18, 2019
Whether serving as a presiding judge, an attorney coach, or program speaker, state judges from all levels of court volunteered for the 2019 Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program. Judicial volunteers of note include: Judges John Colborn and Laurie Yardley, who are the Region 10 Coordinators, served as the hosts for the state championship. This included securing courtrooms, jury rooms, and a conference room for the judges’ orientation. Both Colborn and Yardley welcomed the 12 regional...Read more
December 18, 2019
Longtime Drug Court coordinator, Paul Yakel, supervised his final commencement ceremony for the Douglas County District Court Adult Drug Court on December 11, 2019. While Yakel’s final ceremony involved five participants, the program has celebrated graduations for over 2,000 participants throughout its 22-year history. This most recent graduation is the court’s 107th commencement ceremony. The District Court Adult Drug Court has proven to be an innovative, cost-effective program to assist...Read more
December 17, 2019
Naloxone carry programs are becoming increasingly common among agencies serving justice-involved populations, and Nebraska’s probation officers are considered among those who are positioned to engage people at risk for drug overdose. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP) supports access to and use of naloxone as a safe and efficient response to someone showing signs of an opioid overdose or incidental exposure. Quick-rescue intranasal naloxone is being made available for...Read more
December 17, 2019
Michelle Moore, Associate Public Guardian serving Central Nebraska is the first Office of Public Guardian staff to attain national certification through the National Center for Guardianship Certification program. In order to become certified, an individual must have served as a guardian for two years; meet stringent back ground and character requirements; attended between 10-30 hours of coursework prior to application (depending on the level of earned high Ed degree); and pass a national...Read more
December 17, 2019
During the November ceremony of the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court (SENADC), Drug Court graduate Mr. Casey Viger was presented with the 1st Annual Shi Adler Character Achievement Award. The award was created in memory of Mr. Shi Adler, a participant in the drug court who passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2019. Adler served as a significant role model for Viger who graduated on November 18, 2019. The Shi Adler Character Achievement Award will be presented to future graduates who succeed...Read more
December 17, 2019
Sarpy County Reentry Court held a graduation ceremony for three participants who successfully completed all conditions of their post-release supervision and Reentry Court requirements. The three graduates are the first to complete Sarpy County’s Reentry Court program. Judge Stefanie Martinez, who oversees the Sarpy County Reentry Court, hosted the event on December 2, 2019. All three graduates remarked how the program had initially been a challenge but all agreed they greatly benefited from the...Read more
December 17, 2019
Courts and communities across the state came together to host celebrations for National Adoption Month. This year, the judge-hosted events occurred in Gering, Hastings, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Shelton. Most events involved the celebration of adoptions from several counties. The events featured family activities, games, and fun for everyone, some celebrations included the finalization of adoptions. Judge Wadie Thomas, Ret., who established Nebraska’s Adoption Saturday program...Read more
December 17, 2019
Nebraskans for Fair & Impartial Courts contacted all Nebraska judges via email on November 12, 2019, to offer their services to the judiciary. The group announced they are ready to respond to unwarranted criticism when called. Their stated purpose is to “publicly respond when our system of justice is challenged by unfair criticism of its constitutionally delegated responsibilities or which serves to inappropriately undermine its integrity, impartiality or fairness.” According to the email...Read more
December 16, 2019
The Clerks of the District Courts gathered for their annual winter conference December 10-12, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. This year, the conference kicked off a day early with passport training on Tuesday afternoon. The second day’s agenda included five speakers. Janet Wiechelman, Clerk of the Cedar County District Court opened the day by providing legislative updates to her fellow clerks. IT Application Analyst, Sue Nieto, presented on LB 505 and LB 532 changes, which...Read more

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