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October 22, 2021
The Nebraska Court Improvement Project (CIP) hosted their annual conference as a hybrid in-person and virtual event in September. CIP held the 2021 Regional Conferences in Ogallala and Omaha, and live-streamed the Omaha event, so that everyone across the state could benefit from the education and speakers. Judge Randin Roland, co-chair of the Through the Eyes of the Child initiative opened the conference in Ogallala, and Judge Roger Heideman, also co-chair of the initiative, welcomed attendees...Read more
Aranda
October 21, 2021
Rene Aranda highlights the power of probation in changing lives, and explains why Nebraska Probation is the career to work for change. Watch now on Facebook or Twitter , and follow the accounts to stay up to date on career opportunities. Find a listing of all openings (and the $1,500 hiring bonus) on the Judicial Branch's Careers page .Read more
October 19, 2021
Janelle Cantu, Associate Public Guardian with the Office of Public Guardian, was recently featured in the Omaha World Herald for her work in obtaining urgently needed services for one of the wards in her care. Ms. Cantu was assisted by Omaha Police Office Ruteena Alcantara. Office Alcantara took seriously the imminent risk of harm and made it possible for the man to receive life-saving care. The full story can be found in the Omaha World Herald: Guardian, Omaha police offer get help for man...Read more
October 19, 2021
September 8 th – 10th, Judicial Branch representatives from the Courts and Probation traveled to Nashville, Tennessee along with twenty-eight other states to participate in Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center’s Transformation of Youth Justice Symposium. This symposium gave juvenile justice professionals the opportunity to train and network with others who have the same goal of creating better outcomes for children, while featuring research and evidence-based reforms. Nebraska’s...Read more
Podcast Promo
October 9, 2021
Melissa Koch with the Judicial Branch Peer Support Team joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to discuss the changing conversation on mental health and support in the workplace. She brings to light how the pandemic has shaped some responses, as well as how the Peer Support Team provides a shoulder to lean on. Your Nebraska Judicial Branch is available to listen and subscribe on all podcast app platforms. Additionally, it is found on the web at: https://nejudicial.buzzsprout.com/ .Read more
Courts will be closed on October 11th, 2021
October 8, 2021
Court and probation offices will be closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Columbus Day. Please contact your local court or probation office for more information.Read more
October 8, 2021
The Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) provided web-based training to 106 mediators on new screening tools available for the Initial Individual Private Session (IPS). By statute, Parenting Act/parenting plan mediators shall provide an individual initial screening session with each party using State Court Administrator-approved screening tools. Based on the screenings, mediators have a duty to determine how to structure the mediation – joint sessions or specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution...Read more
October 8, 2021
The Nebraska Mediation Center (NMC) is pleased to announce that Michele Lueders has been hired as the Executive Director, effective September 15, 2021. Lueders’ background includes working within child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and management. This background has assisted her in advocating for system changes in Nebraska. Lueders has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Human Resources and Family Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Management...Read more
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October 6, 2021
When the pandemic began, then-bailiff Allyson Stewart and IT Division staff members Shane Smith and Anh Nguyen quickly formed a team to help both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals convert oral arguments from in-person proceedings to WebEx. This complicated arrangement required active interaction between Justices/Judges and the parties in each case. Stewart, Smith, and Nguyen quickly worked together to assemble needed equipment. They also collaborated to educate both courts and attorneys on...Read more

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