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Heroes award
October 5, 2022
Kim Fender, Human Resources Coordinator in District 4A/4J, supports all aspects of local recruiting, hiring, retention, plus many other duties. She is a huge asset to both Districts - by attending job fairs and educating college students, as well as engaging with the community to cultivate a new workforce. Fender has also supported each district in numerous initiatives, such as HOPE (Humanity, Optimism, Perspective, and Empathy) training alongside juvenile and adult reform. Thank you, Kim – we’...Read more
October 3, 2022
Nebraska District Court Judge Horacio J. Wheelock of Omaha, Nebraska, was invited to sit with the Nebraska Supreme Court on September 28, 2022. Wheelock heard arguments in the case of S-20-871, Joseph J. Buttercase v. James Martin Davis and Davis Law Office, Revived in the names of the Representatives and Successor of the Estate of James Martin Davis . In that case, the Appellant hired James Martin Davis to represent him on a criminal matter. After negotiating a plea deal, Davis withdrew...Read more
October 3, 2022
The Office of Dispute Resolution’s Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report summarizes the number and types of disputes handled by the approved mediation centers, the disposition of those cases, as well as challenges faced and recommendations. The approved centers handle a wide range of cases from family, general/community, child welfare, juvenile restorative justice, adult criminal, and parenting plans, including for modifications, as part of a full divorce, for parents that were never married, and...Read more
October 3, 2022
Kelly Riley, Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR), and Dr. Anne Hobbs, Director of the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Juvenile Justice (JJI), collaborated to present on the Juvenile Restorative Justice and Family Intervention Initiative. Using Mentimeter, the presenters learned about attendees’ perceptions around juvenile restorative justice. Additionally, the presentation addressed the differences between restorative practice which is more about an overall systemic approach that...Read more
September 29, 2022
Supporters of the Nebraska Judicial System providing behavioral health services and legal support gathered to hear from national experts and area speakers on topics ranging from problem-solving courts to trauma services to adolescent behavior. “In the Nebraska Justice and Behavioral Health systems, we share a collective goal of promoting constructive change through rehabilitation, collaboration, and partnership to enhance safe communities,” noted Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Funke. Headline...Read more
September 29, 2022
The 2021-2022 Report on Adult Community Corrections Programs, Centers, Services, and Supervision is now available on the Judicial Branch website. The purpose of this report is to identify the most important factors related to the population on community supervision, evaluate costs of programming, and to conduct an evaluation of the progress made in expanding community corrections centers, programs, and services statewide.Read more
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September 28, 2022
Listen as Your Nebraska Judicial Branch recaps Chief Justice Heavican's Summer Tour. Each year, the Chief Justice and members of the Supreme Court visit courthouses and judicial branch offices throughout the state. This year saw the culmination of all 93 counties visited. Chief Justice Heavican discusses the importance of the Court's outreach efforts Your Nebraska Judicial Branch is available to listen and subscribe on all podcast app platforms. Additionally, it is found on the web at: https://...Read more
September 27, 2022
What began as a summer 2009 visit to the 10th Judicial District to view the area’s innovative use of technology turned into a goal by the Chief Justice to visit each Nebraska courthouse during the tenure of his administration. Heavican had visited many state and federal courthouses before becoming Chief Justice but felt he would like to visit every county courthouse while serving as the leader of the third branch of government. 2022 marked the completion of that goal. The first summer visit...Read more
September 27, 2022
“Young people in their formative high school years need to be exposed to as many ideas as possible in regard to government, especially the judicial branch of government,” noted Chief Justice Heavican following a visit with one of Lincoln’s high school classes. “I hope that a visit to the Nebraska Supreme Court is a great learning experience for students since it is a great learning experience for us on the Court.” Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 26, 2022, Lincoln Southeast High School...Read more
September 27, 2022
Clerk Magistrates from across the state of Nebraska gathered at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney on September 21-23, 2022. The two-and-a-half-day Fall Conference offered 13.25 hours of education. Presentations and group discussions focused on modernization and technology in the courtroom, records retention, human resources and hiring practices, as well as cases involving juveniles, guardian conservators and working with the press. Round table discussions were facilitated so Magistrates...Read more

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