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Lancaster County Staff
May 5, 2022
Lancaster County District Court Bailiff Lynne Albin, along with Official Court Reporters Rita Loos and Dawn Siegfried enthusiastically embraced the challenge of organizing a traveling court group. The trial of State v. Felipe Vazquez transferred venues from Lancaster County District Court to Platte County District Court in Columbus, where Albin, Siegfried, and Loos were essential in preparing for and executing the out-of-county trial. Lynne, your ability to communicate effectively with team...Read more
Problem Solving Court Proclamation
May 5, 2022
Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican held a proclamation signing ceremony announcing the month of May as Nebraska Problem-Solving Court Month on behalf of the State Judicial Branch on Wednesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony was streamed live from the Nebraska Supreme Court Courtroom which can be viewed here . In his opening remarks, Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Jeff Funke stated that the proclamation is “Our opportunity to appreciate all of you”, speaking to the crowd of Problem-...Read more
May 4, 2022
County Court and District Court: CC 13:24 Information to Support Transcript or Bill of Exceptions – reformatted and renamed as instructed. CC 6:7.1 Record of Copy Provided Incarcerated Defendant in Forma Pauperis . - Removed "Exhibits" from options as there has to be a motion. Removed the "Court Reporting Personnel" in the signature block as only the Clerk sends copies of the Transcript of Pleadings and Bill of Exceptions. Note: the Court Reporting Personnel would send the Transcript of...Read more
Nebraska Supreme Court at McCook
May 4, 2022
Law Day 2022 was celebrated in the McCook High School auditorium on April 28, with local judges speaking to students immediately before the Nebraska Supreme Court held oral arguments. Judge Pat Heng discussed the appeals process while outlining information about the trial courts and the importance of courts in American society. Judge Anne Paine provided students with a background on Law Day noting, “For those who are not aware, on May 1 the United States officially recognizes Law Day. It is...Read more
Annette Schafer Swearing-In
May 4, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Annette Shafer as Clerk Magistrate of Lincoln County Court was held April 26, 2022, in the Lincoln County Courthouse in North Platte, Nebraska. Judge Joel Jay opened and hosted the ceremony. Annette Shafer began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on January 24, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Kerry Sides. Photo: State Court Administrator Corey Steel, Judge Joel Jay, Judge Michael Piccolo, Clerk Magistrate Annette Shafer, and Judge Tanya Roberts-Connick.Read more
Debra Hand Swearing-in
May 4, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Debra Hand as Clerk Magistrate of Cherry County Court was held April 26, 2022, in the Cherry County Courthouse in Valentine, Nebraska. Judge James Orr opened and hosted the ceremony. Hand began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on January 3, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Kay Morrison. Photo: Judge James Orr presents Certificate of Appointment to Clerk Magistrate Debra Hand.Read more
National interpreter day
May 3, 2022
There are about 6,500 languages in the world, and in the past year the Language Access Program provided interpreters in more than two-thirds of Nebraska’s 93 counties, across all 12 Judicial Districts. Collectively, those interpreters communicated in 49 different languages, from across the globe, with Spanish the most frequently interpreted language. Today, the Nebraska Judicial Branch uses National Interpreter Appreciation Day to thank our Language Access Program and Nebraska’s independent...Read more
Justice Stacy at Court Interpreter Orientation
April 26, 2022
Seventeen aspiring court interpreters from six different communities across Nebraska gathered at JBE the weekend of April 23-24 for an introduction to the profession of court interpreting by the Language Access Team and special guest certified Spanish court interpreter Kelly Varguez. After Interpreter Orientation, Elsa G., who traveled 274 miles from Ogallala to Lincoln for the workshop, wrote, “ I just want to express how much I enjoyed the Court Interpreter Orientation Program. I would love...Read more
April 26, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Chelsie Sparks as Clerk Magistrate of Cheyenne County Court was held April 25, 2022, in the Cheyenne County Courthouse in Sidney, Nebraska. Judge Randin Roland opened and hosted the ceremony. Chelsie Sparks began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on February 21, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Lori Bartling. Photo: Judge Randin Roland presents Certificate of Appointment to Clerk Magistrate Chelsie Sparks alongside State Court Administrator Corey Steel.Read more
Through the Eyes of the Child Video thumbnail
April 25, 2022
The Nebraska Court Improvement Project produces new video as an overview of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. The video gives a brief, six-minute synopsis of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiatives goals, history, and achievements. The video also describes team composition and meetings. The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative is supported by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project (CIP). CIP staff members attend team meetings and aide teams in identifying team projects,...Read more

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