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March 25, 2021
Michele Lueders, Juvenile Intake and Detention Alternatives Specialist; Julie Smith, Out of Home Program Specialist; and Jen Manning, Program Officer from the Juvenile Services Division have worked diligently with probation districts, facilities, and community based services throughout the pandemic to provide appropriates services to youth in congregate care and detention facilities. They have staffed cases to come up with creative options, worked around the clock to assist probation officers...Read more
March 23, 2021
The Nebraska Supreme Court has approved amendments to the Expanded News Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts rules as of March 10, 2021. The revisions come four years after the effective date of the original camera rules. Revisions include: Defining “Conference” as any communication between lawyers and others. Also includes a prohibition on photography of attorney notepads or screens. Adds a provision for renewal of credentials (allowing the administrative office to issue time-limited...Read more
March 19, 2021
Since 1973 the Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized language access as necessary to providing justice, ensuring people who cannot speak English or are deaf or hearing-disabled have equal access to participate in cases in Nebraska State Courts. Language access provided by Nebraska Court Interpreters to court proceedings and probation services may have a lasting and life-altering impact upon a Limited English Proficient (LEP) court user and his or her family. Court interpreter certification is...Read more
March 19, 2021
Colfax County Court changed during the pandemic, with the implementation of more video. Those changes may stay post-COVID, Colfax County Court Clerk Magistrate Ellen Faltys said. Sheriff Shawn Messerlie said, “A lot of our meetings, we don’t have to drive places. Even in the courtroom now, we don’t have to transport as many people as we used to have to.” He said it is more convenient and safer. Faltys shares this sentiment for Colfax County Court, “Part of it (is it's) very cost-efficient,...Read more
Heroes award
March 18, 2021
Undeterred by COVID, Judge Wester and a team of dedicated judicial assistants organized their annual traditional courthouse charitable event with an outdoor twist. Rather than bowling, the judge and staff organized a socially-distanced putt-putt golf contest with barbeque for all county and court offices at the Sarpy County Courthouse. Each office was invited to design a golf hole using paper products and canned goods that would later be donated to the Tri-City Food pantry. Together, the group...Read more
March 18, 2021
Jeffrey A. Gaertig was appointed as a judge of the County Court for the 1st Judicial District on March 16, 2021, to replace Judge Steven B. Timm. Full Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Appoints Jeffrey Gaertig as County Court Judge in the First Judicial District Read More News Channel Nebraska: Beatrice attorney Jeffrey Gaertig appointed as County Court JudgeRead more
March 18, 2021
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court in Omaha honored graduates Rick Lesley, Cole Poulson, Todd Anderson, and Darin Hein on March 4, 2021, while family, friends, local community members, local veterans, and other participants observed via Zoom. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability for the graduate. Veterans Treatment Court Judge Horacio J. Wheelock presided over the...Read more
March 18, 2021
Judge Francie Riedmann organized and moderated a panel of law clerks to discuss career possibilities with Creighton law students over the noon hour on March 16, 2021. Katie Wayne, career law clerk for Judge Riedmann; Kristyn Wong, term law clerk for Justice Funke; Julie Ryan, former law clerk for Judge Bishop - now working at Abrahams Kaslow; and Christian Mirch, former law clerk for Chief Justice Heavican - now at the Department of Labor, formed the panel. Clerks, along with Judge Riedmann,...Read more
March 17, 2021
Chief Justice Mike Heavican sat alone at the front of the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Hamann Auditorium with Associate Justices projected on a screen behind his chair. Fellow justices were participating in arguments from home or offices, and attorneys argued remotely. As is traditional with online arguments, Court and attorney introductions were repeated before each argument and publically live-streamed on Nebraska Educational Television, then preserved in the Court’s archive...Read more
March 11, 2021
MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: The Dodge County Drug Court team would like to announce the graduation of a recent graduate. WHO: Judge Geoffrey C. Hall WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:45 p.m., following Drug Court WHERE: Dodge County Courthouse District Court Room 428 N. Broad Street, Fremont, NE WHY: For problem-solving court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive behavioral health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Problem...Read more

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