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December 11, 2020
The 2021 session of the Nebraska Legislature is scheduled to begin Wednesday, January 6, and adjourn in early June. The full schedule is tentative pending election of a new Speaker. The schedule can be viewed: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/session/2021tentativecalendar.pdf The budget for the 2021-2023 biennium will be the major issue of legislative discussion. Another pressing matter will be the necessity of redistricting (including Supreme Court districts) as a result of the 2020 census...Read more
Everyday Heroes award
December 10, 2020
Human Resources Director Joyce Welsch, has done an amazing job helping Judges, management and staff from across the branch with any and all COVID related questions. According to those in the field, she is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely good at explaining policies and procedures during this confusing (and fluid) situation. Joyce, for your extraordinary patience with the innumerable phone calls and mountains of emails you have fielded from employees throughout the state, we...Read more
December 9, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian is pleased to announce Associate Public Guardian, Lisa Ludden, has been selected to serve as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Guardianship Certification. She will begin her service in January 2021. Earlier this year, Lisa successfully earned her National Certified Guardian certification, from the Center for Guardianship Certification. She has served as an Associate Public Guardian in the Norfolk, OPG Northeast Service Area since April of 2017...Read more
December 9, 2020
Three judges are among the newest Fellows of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. New judge honorees are Linda Bauer, County Court Judge, 1st Judicial District, Fairbury; Christina Marroquin, District Court Judgem 5th Judicial District, Seward; and Mary M. Z. Stevens, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, Omaha. The honorees are among 30 members of the Nebraska legal community who will be inducted as members of the Class of 2020 Bar Foundation Fellows. They will be joining some 800 colleagues...Read more
December 4, 2020
This year’s Annual Judicial Branch Employee Recognition Awards will be presented virtually on December 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CST. Employees of the Judicial Branch and members of the public may watch the ceremony via NET at https://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/television/judicial-branch-employee-recognition-awards . Acknowledging the unique challenges COVID-19 brought this year, the Judicial Branch is awarding two winners for certain categories. One award is to recognize the work of...Read more
December 3, 2020
Chief Justice Heavican and justices of the Supreme Court hosted a Judicial Branch orientation program on December 2, 2020, for newly elected senators who will serve the 2021-2025 term. Senators gathered in the Court of Appeals courtroom for an overview of the Judicial Branch, including an update on administrative functions. New state senators included Eliot Bostar, Legislative District 29; John Cavanaugh, Legislative District 9; Jen Day, Legislative District 49; Terrell McKinney, Legislative...Read more
Heroes award
December 3, 2020
Leading the way for safe, innovative drug testing in Probation District 5 were Drug Technicians Michael Miller and Mark Borges. The two piloted "drive-through drug testing" where probation clients remain in their cars for both the drug and alcohol test, limiting COVID exposure for both clients and staff. As a bonus, Michael made wheeled carts for drug techs across the district to facilitate the testing process. Both made extraordinary efforts to stay ahead of the changes when moving from urine...Read more
November 25, 2020
Positivity, cooperation, and communication are three of the hallmarks of Judge Timothy Hoeft’s leadership and management style and each has been successfully demonstrated over the past several months. During COVID-19’s ever-evolving regulations, he prioritized communication with the staff and the legal community. More importantly, he made staff and courtroom safety a top priority. According to staff, his positive attitude inspires those around him to tackle the new challenges that come each day...Read more
November 23, 2020
The following new and revised forms were recently uploaded to the website. In response to legislative changes effective on November 14, 2020 : Plaintiff’s Claim and Notice to Defendant (Small Claims) Ch6Art14App4 (CC4:1). LB1028 removed the requirement for a notary to witness the plaintiff’s signature on a small claims form, but failed to remove the language requirement on the form that refers to the notary. Transitional language was added to the form to explain that a notary is not required...Read more
November 23, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) is launching a holiday card drive to spread a little holiday cheer to the people they serve. Many of their clients have been isolated since March to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nursing homes, assisted livings, homeless shelters, and other congregate living settings continue to have strict restrictions. Currently, the office serves as guardian and/or conservator for just shy of 300 people. The OPG invites individuals to send cards, treats, or trinkets to...Read more

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