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September 20, 2021
The Office of Dispute Resolution released two reports describing the findings of the statewide Victim Youth Conferencing program. The final evaluation report, The Victim Youth Conferencing (VYC) Evaluation: January 2018 June 2021 VYC Enhancement Initiative Fiscal Report , outlines the final findings of ODR’s 3-year program grant, funded in part by The Sherwood Foundation, during which time the six ODR-approved mediation centers facilitated VYC conferences in 24 counties across all six judicial...Read more
September 20, 2021
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court in Omaha honored 27 graduates on September 2, 2021. Judge Horacio J. Wheelock presided over the ceremony while family, friends, members of the local community, and other participants observed. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability for the graduate. After the ceremony, graduate Sandra Fuller commented, “I can’t tell you how amazing my...Read more
September 13, 2021
The Lincoln County Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of Erica Guerra on September 3, 2021, at the Lincoln County District Court in North Platte. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Judge Michael E. Piccolo (pictured) hosted the ceremony. Adult Drug Courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders,...Read more
September 13, 2021
On August 23, 2021, the Sarpy County Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of seven participants at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion, Nebraska. Judge Stefanie Martinez presided over the ceremony. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability for Drug Court graduates. Drug Court is a minimum 20-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol...Read more
September 13, 2021
On August 31, 2021, the Colfax-Butler-Saunders Problem-Solving Court celebrated the inaugural graduation with Justin Johnson, Jason Dean, and Daniel Johnson at the Saunders County Courthouse in Wahoo, Nebraska. Judge Tina Marroquin presided over the ceremony. In attendance were Senator Bostelman, Colfax-Butler-Saunders County Board Members, Probation Administration, District 5 Probation staff, and friends and families of the graduates. Morgan Campbell, Problem-Solving Court Coordinator,...Read more
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September 9, 2021
During a home visit on June 24, 2021, Northeast Nebraska Drug Court officers Brett Walker and Joy Carmichael knocked several times at their participant's door with no answer. Eventually, they heard a slam against the door and incoherent, slurred speech. Concerned about the safety of the person inside, these Drug Court officers, police, and landlord coordinated to gain entry to the residence. The participant was found incapacitated and was transported immediately to the hospital for emergency...Read more
September 7, 2021
Weighted Caseload Reports for Nebraska's District, County and Separate Juvenile courts have been uploaded to the Judicial Branch Website. No quantitative judicial workload assessment method, including the weighted caseload method, can determine the exact number of judges needed within each judicial district. But weighted caseload statistics can approximate the number of judges needed to handle the current caseload in each judicial district. When weighted caseload statistics are examined in...Read more
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September 2, 2021
Janelle Cantu, Associate Public Guardian, is a vital part of the Omaha team at the Office of Public Guardian. Cantu is an exceptional guardian who advocates for the best interest of her state wards, working tirelessly during the Covid-19 lockdown to ensure her wards received care and support. She is kind and professional with clients and providers. Janelle, you are a great example of a Guardian and Judicial Branch employee!Read more
August 31, 2021
The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the addition of the Substance Use Monitor position, a new generation of Drug Technicians charged with greater and intentional integration of drug testing operations into day-to-day case management. One of the first steps toward establishing an effective success (case) plan is assessing criminogenic risk factors, which includes gathering information about an individual’s current and past substance use. As rates of substance use within the criminal justice...Read more
August 31, 2021
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide...Read more

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