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October 26, 2022
Interpreters should not be asked to interpret recordings (i.e., voicemails, jail calls, body cam footage) in the courtroom. Nor should they be asked to sight translate exhibits in the courtroom (i.e., real estate/legal documents, bank statements, prenuptial agreements, etc). If they do, the interpreter can no longer act as an interpreter because there is now a conflict of interest as they could be called as a witness. The attorney is to have all recordings interpreted and documents translated...Read more
October 26, 2022
The Nebraska Judicial Branch is committed to providing access to justice to everyone, regardless of the language they speak. To ensure that all individuals receive a fair and equal opportunity to explain their case and participate in court, the Nebraska Supreme Court created the Court Interpreter Training and Certification Program. Becoming a certified court interpreter is a three-pronged process which includes successfully completing the Nebraska Court Interpreter Orientation, the written exam...Read more
October 26, 2022
The Sarpy County Wellness Court celebrated its first graduation at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion on September 16, 2022. Sarpy County Wellness Court serves to stabilize, assist, and reduce the risk of future offenses for a person with mental illness who is facing criminal prosecution. The ceremony marked the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive community supervision and full accountability for the Wellness Court graduate. Upon successful completion of the program, which...Read more
October 26, 2022
The Douglas County Adult Drug Court celebrated its 118 th Drug Court graduation in Omaha on September 22, 2022, at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. There were 13 graduates recognized for their successful completion of the program’s stringent requirements, which include sustained abstinence from the use of controlled substances and alcohol, satisfactory participation in a substance-abuse treatment program, completion of education and employment objectives established by the Adult Drug Court’s...Read more
October 26, 2022
The Douglas County Young Adult Court celebrated graduation in Omaha. For the graduates Josue Galvan-Pineda and Ehtna Lollmann, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Shelly Stratman presides over the court. Young Adult Court is a judicially supervised program that provides a sentencing alternative for youthful offenders up to age 25, charged with a felony offense, and...Read more
October 25, 2022
Fifty-nine Nebraska State Probation officers were sworn in by Supreme Court Justice William B. Cassel on October 18, 2022, in the State Capitol Rotunda in front of distinguished guests, family, and friends. Deb Minardi, Probation Administrator, addressed the new officers, their families, and fellow Probation employees noting “Every relationship you form, every decision you will make, extra step you take, has the potential to profoundly affect the lives of others. As Probation Officers, you will...Read more
October 25, 2022
Kimberley Mundil recently joined the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Rehabilitative Services. Prior to joining the Judicial Branch, Kimberley was the Clinical Manager for Bryan Independence Center, a substance use provider for adults and adolescents, providing levels of care from evaluation, detox, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential care. She also worked as an on-call Crisis Response Counselor to complete suicide risk...Read more
October 25, 2022
Approximately 950 probation, community corrections, behavioral health, and problem-solving court professionals came together September 28-30th in LaVista for the 2022 Justice and Behavioral Health Conference: A Shared Vision with Problem-Solving Courts. This was the second statewide event of its kind, presented in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the National Association of...Read more
October 21, 2022
Jodie Roberts, Clerk Magistrate and Ex Officio Clerk of the District Court in Polk County and Assistant Clerk Mykaela Dishong took on numerous additional responsibilities during a recent period of staffing transitions in the 5th Judicial District. Roberts and Dishong partnered to assist other counties within the 5th Judicial District during the recent tumult of rapid staff changes. Dishong’s usual assignment is to spend half her time in her home court in Polk County and half time helping other...Read more
October 21, 2022
The Cass County Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of Elizabeth Hermsen at the Cass County Courthouse in Plattsmouth on September 19, 2022. Hermsen achieved recognition and praise for completing the program. Judge Michael A. Smith presided over the ceremony. Also in attendance were Richard Fedde and Colin Palm from the Cass County Attorney’s Office, and Angela Minahan and Julie Bear from the Case County Public Defender’s Office. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program...Read more

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