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February 16, 2018
Judicial Branch Education has been offering an intense instructional training session for those who provide staff and judge education for the past 11 years. The success of the program has warranted expansion to all administrative staff who are slated to provide instruction at upcoming meetings. Pictured: Judicial Branch Education Director Christine Christopherson, JBE Trainer Sherri Gelvin, JBE Trainer Niki Svik, and Probation Education Director Jerid WedigeRead more
February 16, 2018
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving Hamilton and Merrick Counties held its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 31, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Merrick County District Courtroom. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge Rachel Daugherty hosted the ceremony. Ricky Simmons delivered the keynote address. The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel,...Read more
February 8, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Linda Mitchell as Clerk Magistrate of Antelope County Court was held January 30, 2018, in the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh, Nebraska. Judge Donna Taylor presided over the ceremony. Mitchell began working with the county court system on March 1, 1985, as a Court Stenographer. On February 1, 1999, she was promoted to the Assistant Clerk of the Antelope County Court. Since 2007, she has also served as the statewide transcription coordinator, arranging court...Read more
February 6, 2018
The Washington County Adult Drug Court held its graduation ceremony and celebration on January 29, 2018, in the Washington County District Court. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge John Samson, District Court hosted the ceremony. Drug Court is a minimum 18 month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol. The Washington County Adult Drug Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge,...Read more
January 22, 2018
On the heels of the Nebraska Reentry Court Best Practice Standards , which were approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court this past summer, two Reentry Courts have been approved. The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the request from Judge Teresa Luther and Judge Mark Young to establish Nebraska’s first Reentry Court in the Ninth Judicial District in August 2017. January 3, 2018, marked the approval by the Nebraska Supreme Court for Judge Stefanie Martinez’s request to establish a Reentry Court in...Read more
January 19, 2018
A swearing-in ceremony for Lisa Johnson as Clerk Magistrate of Howard County Court was held January 18, 2018, in the Howard County Court in St. Paul, Nebraska. Judges Tami Schendt and Kale Burdick and presided over the ceremony. Johnson has worked in Howard County Court since 2011, and prior to that worked in Hall County Court beginning in 2002. She has a thorough knowledge of court practices and understanding of the needs of Howard County. Johnson has a wealth of experience working with...Read more
January 18, 2018
Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave his 2018 State of the Judiciary speech to the Nebraska Legislature on January 18, 2018. During his presentation he highlighted the Judicial Branch’s newest type of Problem-Solving Court: the Veterans Treatment Court. Members of Nebraska’s inaugural Douglas and Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Courts were among those watching from the Unicameral balcony. The group included judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, veteran mentors, and other supporters of the two...Read more
January 4, 2018
Updated listings of technological features available in courtrooms across the state can be found on the Judicial Branch Website. The information, gathered through the Information Technology Division of the Judicial Branch, is useful to attorneys traveling to courtrooms outside of the counties where they customarily practice. Items inventoried range from Public WiFi, to access to electrical power at counsel tables, to the availability of assisted listening devices. County Courts: https://...Read more
December 29, 2017
Vladimir Bazan has been selected for the Nebraska State Court Interpreter Coordinator position based in Lincoln. He will begin working full-time on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Bazan has served as Interpreter Coordinator in Hall County and the 10th Judicial District since 2014 and has been a Nebraska court certified Spanish interpreter since 2012. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation continues to build upon the firm foundation for language access in Lancaster County. Bazan is...Read more
December 21, 2017
A swearing-in ceremony for Kerri Irwin as Clerk Magistrate of Dakota County Court was held December 13, 2017, in the Dakota County Court in Dakota City, Nebraska. Judge Kurt Rager presided over the ceremony with Judge Doug Luebe participating in the event. Irwin has worked in the court system since 2003 when she started as a Records Clerk in Dakota County. She also served in the positions of Courtroom Clerk and Assistant Clerk between 2004 and 2017. Photo: Judge Kurt Rager signs certificate...Read more

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