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October 15, 2018
Seventy Nebraska State Probation officers were officially sworn in on October 10, 2018 in the Capitol Rotunda by Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, Probation Administrator, addressed the new officers, their families and fellow Probation employees noting that probation officers play an integral role in the administration of justice. Probation Officers are officers of the court and the right arm of the court system. They provide to the court two important...Read more
October 15, 2018
The Nebraska Judicial Branch is committed to providing all people with equal access to the courts and probation. To this end two new forms have been added to the NE Supreme Court website to assist the public. If a member of the public has a disability and anticipates needing an accommodation the ADA Accommodation Request is available. It is recommended that this is submitted at least 10 business days prior to the date needing the accommodation. All requests will be given due consideration and...Read more
September 28, 2018
Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Mike Heavican, presented 12 Employee Recognition Awards to individuals and team members on September 27, 2018, during the Nebraska Judicial Branch tenth annual recognition event. The Employee Recognition Committee selected nine individuals and three teams from the nominations submitted. Candidates for the awards were chosen and nominated by their supervisors and colleagues in the courts and probation offices where they work. The purpose of the...Read more
September 27, 2018
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for those having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule § 3-117 for admission by examination. Ensuing the Court’s approval, a swearing-in ceremony took place September 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building with the following list of individuals as participating in the ceremony. Sydney Catherine Aase Sarah...Read more
September 26, 2018
The Nebraska Administrative Office of Probation commissioned the Law/Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of the Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS) Program. SSAS is a Nebraska Probation service initiated in order to decrease overcrowding within the Nebraska prison population by offering specialized programming to offenders with substance abuse disorders. The results of the analysis showed significant empirical evidence...Read more
September 26, 2018
Statewide Language Access Coordinator Jennifer Verhein and State Court Interpreter Coordinator Irma Watt celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on September 21 at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Representing the Supreme Court’s Language Access Program, Verhein and Watt introduced more than 50 Hispanic youth to the profession of court interpreting in a panel presentation at the Latino Youth Summit. Watt provided a description of the day-to-day work of court interpreters, and she demonstrated...Read more
September 21, 2018
With the release of the newly-updated strategic agenda, the Nebraska Judicial Branch announces the continuation of its six overarching goals for the years 2019 through 2021. Goals are: Goal 1: Providing Access to Swift, Fair Justice Goal 2: Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Goal 3: Addressing Community Safety Goal 4: Being Accountable to the Public Goal 5: Strengthening Communication with Citizens and Government Goal 6: Regulating the Legal Profession The report recognizes that the...Read more
September 17, 2018
The Nebraska Court of Appeals celebrated Constitution Day on the campus of York College on September 13, 2018. College and area high school students in attendance were reminded that the official Constitution Day is September 17. The Court of Appeals sat in their customary two panels in the Bartholomew Performing Arts Center with Judge Lawrence Welch, Jr., presiding in the morning and Judge David Arterburn presiding in the afternoon. Judge Arterburn is a graduate of York College. The evening...Read more
September 17, 2018
Biennial reports for Parenting Act Mediators will be accepted on the ODR’s Parenting Act Mediator Portal beginning October 1 st , 2018 through January 31 st , 2019.In order to be reapproved as a Parenting Act Mediator the following criteria must be met: Submission of biennial renewal form Mediation of at least two parenting plan cases in the past two years Eight CME hours: two DIPA/child abuse/unresolved parental conflict hours, one hour of ethics, and 5 general parenting mediation hours A...Read more
September 17, 2018
We are excited to announce the winners of our Administrative Office of Probation, Juvenile Services Division 3rd Annual Art Contest. We had so many more submissions this year that we chose three winners and the results were very close. The three winners will receive gift cards, a certificate and ribbon. In addition, the artwork is on display in the Juvenile Administration entry area on 5th floor of the Executive building. All contestants will receive a thank-you gift. All the pictures are...Read more

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