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January 15, 2021
The following forms were added or improved in December 2020: County Court and District Court Petition to Set Aside Criminal Conviction , CC 6:11 , added “community service” and “not over 1 year imprisonment” in the "sentenced to" statements per LB881. Order Setting Aside a Criminal Conviction, CC 6:11.2 , added statement regarding consulting an attorney on the defendant's ability to possess a firearm under state or federal law per LB881 requirement. Voir Dire , CC 7:3 ; Jury List , CC 7:4 ; and...Read more
January 14, 2021
Prior to the pandemic, Basic Parenting Education courses were offered in-person and online, and Second-Level courses were only available in-person. Second-Level courses were to be in-person in order to successfully meet the course objectives, which require interaction between the participants and the course instructor. The objectives of the Second-Level course include: identify the “why” and “how” to develop provisions for safety and transition plans; identify the potential harmful impact of...Read more
January 14, 2021
As we all know, 2020 has been a year of firsts, some good and some not as good. One area of firsts, which many of us had to embrace, is an increased reliance on technology. Most of us were already using some technology daily (computers, cell phones), but the biggest change has been the necessity of using video technology. We are now doing a majority of our communication via Webex, or Zoom, or Facetime, or Google Duo…there are too many platforms to mention all of them. Our workdays consist of...Read more
January 13, 2021
New County Court Judge, Edward H. Matney, signed his oath of office January 7, 2021, in the Dakota County Courthouse in Dakota City. The oath was administered by Judge Douglas Luebe. Matney began his judicial duties immediately. His primary office is in the courthouse in Dakota City. He will also serve Burt County. A formal ceremony and celebration is planned after social distancing recommendations are lifted.Read more
Heavican giving oath
January 12, 2021
Chief Justice Heavican attended the legislature’s opening session on January 6, 2021, to swear-in new senators and legislative leaders of the 107th Nebraska Legislature. Eight newly elected senators, including three who had previously served, were sworn-in. Heavican also administrated the oath of office to Nebraska’s new Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Hilgers. Chief Justice Heavican will present his “State of the Judiciary” remarks to the Unicameral on January 21. Gov. Pete Ricketts is...Read more
STEEL
January 8, 2021
State Court Administrator Corey Steel joins Your Nebraska Judicial Branch to discuss the response measures employed statewide in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlights the essential role of judges and staff, and the critical role of all facets of Nebraska's Judicial Branch. 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
Everyday Hero Award
January 7, 2021
When a high-profile trial was moved from eastern Nebraska to Lexington through a change of venue, clerk of the District Court, Becky Boryca, welcomed her companion district court officials with open arms. During the trial, Kathy Homolka, bailiff to Judge Vicky Johnson, did not hesitate to jump into action. As a team, the two worked together to successfully complete one of the most complicated, high-profile trials in recent years. Becky worked hand-in-hand with Dawson County officials to ensure...Read more
January 6, 2021
Trial court judges have been hosting new state senators through a Judicial-Legislative Visit Program since 1999. For twenty-two years, the program has fulfilled its purpose of providing legislators a personal understanding of the daily duties and responsibilities of the trial court judge and judicial branch personnel. The program gives members of the legislature a better understanding of the unique challenges that trial judges and court staff face on a daily basis while providing senators with...Read more
December 29, 2020
A late December request for Hall County to approve a study of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative program drew the attention of local media and garnered approval through the Board of Commissioners. County Court Judge Albert Corey, along with Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation staffers Monica Miles-Steffens and Michele Lueders advocated for the program noting, “JDAI seeks to build a better and more equitable juvenile justice system.” Read more: Grand Island Daily...Read more
Jennings oath
December 28, 2020
Jeff Jennings, new Chief Probation Officer for the Second Judicial District, was sworn-in Thursday, December 17, 2020, in the Sarpy County District Courtroom by Judge Nathan Cox. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most attendees participated virtually. Those in the courtroom were Presiding Judge Nathan Cox, State Probation Administrator Deborah Minardi, the District 2 Probation Management Team, and Jennings’ immediate family members. The ceremony offered a unique opportunity for probation staff...Read more

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