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March 4, 2021
When parents are involved in a court proceeding in which parenting functions are at issue, they receive the Parenting Act Information Brochure from the Clerk of the District Court. The brochure outlines the legal process and timeline, healthy parenting approaches, parenting plans, the mediation process, finding a mediator, and additional resources. At the same time, parents are informed of their right to develop and agree to a parenting plan, and if they are unable to do so, the court will...Read more
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March 4, 2021
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Mary Visek, Omaha, has done a marvelous job of leading, mentoring, and empowering staff throughout the pandemic. Despite staff social distancing and self-quarantining, the office has continued to improve and meet case management benchmarks. Chief Visek has taken the initiative to collaborate with the Douglas County Health Department to facilitate getting staff vaccinated. Chief Visek, we appreciate your leadership and your constant reinforcement of self-care...Read more
March 3, 2021
Susan Kelly took her Oath of Office as Clerk of the District Court on January 7, 2021, after election to the positon by the voters of Morrill County. Kelly has prior experience working at the Community Hospital, the Bridgeport nursing home, the Bridgeport News-Blade and at Platte Valley Bank. She is also the Board Chair for the Village of Broadwater. She replaces Julie Schildt who declined to stand for re-election and vacated her clerkship at the end of 2020.Read more
March 3, 2021
Retired Red Willow County Judge Cloyd Clark died February 28, 2021, at the age of 78. Originally elected to the bench in 1972, prior to the enactment of Nebraska's merit selection system for county judges, Clark began his service on the county court bench in 1973. He retired June 1, 2007. Clark was instrumental in the creation of the County Court Judges Education Committee and served in several offices of the Nebraska County Judges Association. Obituary: https://www.herrmannfh.com/obituary/...Read more
February 26, 2021
The Office of Dispute Resolution has released the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Victim Youth Conferencing Evaluation Report. During the reported timeframe, 15 counties referred 290 cases to ODR-approved mediation centers with 217 of those resulting in a Victim Youth Conference. Victim Youth Conferencing (VYC) is a restorative justice process that provides youth and those they have harmed with an opportunity to talk about and understand the impacts of the youth’s actions. Together they determine how the...Read more
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February 25, 2021
Both before and throughout the pandemic, Hall County Court Judge Alfred Corey has maintained his willingness to help when and wherever needed. In an effort to keep COVID numbers down, he gently encouraged attorneys and court users to learn WebEx and use the telephone as COVID hit its early peak in Grand Island. Corey rearranged his schedule, including vacation days, to allow the other stakeholders to “catch up” after changing their system to accommodate COVID safety procedures. Judge Corey,...Read more
February 25, 2021
Jennifer Poppen began service as Hall County Clerk of the District Court on February 1, 2021. Poppen has been working at the court for nearly 20 years and has served as Deputy Clerk of the District Court. She replaces Valorie Bendixen who joined the Trial Court Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation in Lincoln. Read more: Jennifer Poppen named new Hall County clerk of district courtRead more
February 22, 2021
Adult probation has released their 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Report on Adult Community Corrections Programs, Facilities, Tools, Services and Supervision. The report contains information on the development and performance of Nebraska Probation’s adult community corrections programs along with available services and ongoing supervision. The purpose of this report is to identify the most important factors related to the community correction’s population on community supervision, evaluate costs of...Read more
February 22, 2021
The Journal of the Professional Lawyer recently released an examination their study “Stress and Resiliency Within the United States Judiciary.” Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program Director, Chris Aupperle, authored an article in the Nebraska Lawyer January/February 2021 issue outlining the sources and effects of stress on judges. Read full article: Life as a Judge – Examining Stress and Resiliency Within Our JudiciaryRead more
February 22, 2021
The importance of courts and court services remaining open is the focus of an article submitted to The Nebraska Lawyer magazine's January/February 2021 issue. The article outlines adaptations of the court system, which continues to adjust to the pandemic challenges brought about by COVID-19, including ways the legal community is working together to address social distancing issues while providing fair, impartial, and orderly trials. Read full article: Nebraska Judicial Branch and the COVID-19...Read more

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