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June 13, 2019
The Court Improvement Project hosted the bi-annual meeting of the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts at the Judicial Branch Education Facility in Lincoln on Friday, June 7, 2019. The Honorable Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, and the Honorable Francie Riedmann, Nebraska Court of Appeals, co-chair the commission and presided over the meeting. In addition to the regular subcommittee updates and department reports, Sherri Haber, APS/CPS Administrator at State...Read more
June 12, 2019
Nebraska’s Attorney Services Division hosted a continuing legal education session June 5, 2019, for 150 lawyers in Lincoln. A panel of judges, including Justice Stephanie Stacy, Judge Riko Bishop, Judge Jodi Nelson, retired Judge Mary Gilbride and retired Judge Paul Korslund, discussed professionalism in the Courtroom during the first half of the Lincoln program. After that segment, representatives from Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) and Counsel for Discipline presented on issues...Read more
June 11, 2019
The Nebraska Legislature enacted LB595 on May 13, 2019, the restorative justice bill. LB595 expands the Office of Dispute Resolution’s statutory authority to include the provision of restorative justice services. Restorative justice, as contrasted to retributive justice, provides opportunities for those who have harmed others to offer to make amends, apologize, be accountable for the harm caused to victims of the incident. Restorative justice first and foremost is victim-sensitive, and is...Read more
June 11, 2019
Designed by judge and lawyer members of the Self-Represented Litigation Committee, the recently-launched Nebraska Limited Scope Representation Toolkit is intended to assist attorneys who are offering limited scope representation to potential clients. The toolkit is for use in civil matters in Nebraska trial courts and highlights ethics and procedural rules as well as best practices that relate to limited scope representation. It includes an overview of relevant rules, tips in the identification...Read more
JUSTICE Screen
May 30, 2019
The language that appears on the JUSTICE system screen when cases are not found has been updated. New language is as follows: Nebraska’s online access to the JUSTICE system includes a complete, current listing of cases publicly available in the court system. However, case information may not be available because of state law, court records retention schedules, or a Supreme Court Rule. For example, sealed records will not be publicly available through the online JUSTICE system. Accordingly,...Read more
Pandemic Panel
May 29, 2019
Participants from the nation’s state courts attended a Summit on Pandemic Preparedness at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) May 22 – 24, 2019. The summit, hosted by Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican, brought together state court chief justices and other court leaders, health officials, and members of the legislative and executive branches to discuss ways in which a pandemic outbreak will be addressed by the court system and other entities when the need arises Topics for the...Read more
May 29, 2019
Each year Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Nebraska holds their MADD Hero Awards honoring those doing work to keep the state safe. The event recognizes outstanding work by law enforcement, probation, prosecutors, community partners, and volunteers. Each individual recognized is said to be a part of the puzzle -- a piece that helps prevent impaired driving, educate our communities, and ensure that laws are upheld. They are credited by MADD for creating a future with No More Victims. The...Read more
Veteran's Court Graduation
May 29, 2019
Three veterans of the US Army and one from the US Marine Corps spent Tuesday evening, May 28, 2019, graduating from the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court. Veterans were surrounded by family, veteran mentors, members of the legal community, and public officials. Graduate Corey Stark, whose family representatives included parents from California and siblings from Colorado and Hawaii remarked, “We have battle buddies here; we don’t have to jump out of the trench by our self.” In addition...Read more
May 29, 2019
Governor Ricketts proclaimed May as Drug Court month in a personal signing ceremony with Chief Justice Mike Heavican accompanied by state probation officials. While signing the drug court month proclamation, the Governor noted that it is his “pleasure and honor” to be able to proclaim May as Drug Court month in the State of Nebraska. The Governor looked to the Chief Justice remarking, “Thank you very much for all of the efforts of the courts in serving the people of the State of Nebraska with...Read more
York Graduation
May 20, 2019
The Fifth Judicial District Problem-Solving Court held a graduation ceremony on May 13, 2019 in the York District Courtroom, in York Nebraska. Presiding York District Court Judge James Stecker hosted the ceremony. “Nebraska’s Drug and Problem-Solving Courts have saved thousands of tax dollars, and the individuals served in the courts who have followed the programs have changed their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better,” according to Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem...Read more

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