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April 25, 2022
Members of the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court presented at the March 30 th meeting of the Nebraska City Rotary Club. Judge Julie Smith, Program Coordinator Chris Reece, and Probation Supervision Officer Marty Metschke discussed the different aspects of Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court, which serves participants in both Auburn and Wilber. Problem-Solving Courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related individuals, utilizing a specialized team...Read more
April 25, 2022
The Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court celebrated the graduation of Brandon Sloan and Michael Williams on March 31, 2022, at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha. For the graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Veterans Treatment Court Judge Horacio Wheelock presided over the ceremony. Pictured from left to right are: Problem-Solving Court Coordinator Rob Owens...Read more
April 22, 2022
A critical component of the 1991 Dispute Resolution Act (DRA) is the system design for access to mediation. It is important that mediation and restorative justice be accessible to the courts, communities, and all Nebraskans, with services provided both effectively and efficiently. To achieve that, the DRA provides for the approval of non-profit mediation centers as service providers. The approved centers receive oversight by the Office of Dispute Resolution and the Supreme Court’s Dispute...Read more
Darla Simpson Everyday Hero
April 21, 2022
Darla Simpson, Clerk of the District Court in Scotts Bluff County, has been assisting the new Morrill County Clerk of the District Court with training since the prior clerk retired. Simpson runs a bustling office in Scotts Bluff County while still graciously traveling to Morrill County to help train the neighboring clerk. Simpson embodies the outstanding character of Clerks of the District Court. Darla, thank you for your time and effort invested to help ensure that the courts run smoothly.Read more
Law Day Slide
April 21, 2022
Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. In honor of the day, the Nebraska Supreme Court will travel to McCook to hold oral arguments at the high school and participate in special programming with local judges. Throughout the state, trial court judges and Judicial Branch staff will celebrate Law Day through 5th Grade Job Shadow programming. Watch the newsletter and social media for this...Read more
April 21, 2022
District Court: The reference to the word “Recklessly” removed from the following Spanish domestic abuse forms (not in the language of the statute.) DC 19:9 Domestic Abuse, Protection Order Information - Spanish DC 19:10 Domestic Abuse, Ex Parte Domestic Abuse Protection Order (or Renewal) - Spanish DC 19:11B Domestic Abuse, Modified Domestic Abuse Protection Order (or Renewal) - Spanish DC 19:13 Domestic Abuse, Order to Show Cause (or Renewal) - Spanish DC 19:20 Order Affirming Domestic Abuse...Read more
April 20, 2022
The Nebraska Supreme Court Security Clearinghouse Committee is resuming security audits for court and probation facilities upon request of judge(s) or county officials. The Committee will assign a team of trained and experienced security professionals to tour the requested facility and make written recommendations for security improvements for the courthouse, courtrooms, court and probation offices. Audits have been helpful in several counties where security upgrades or remodeling were...Read more
April 20, 2022
A swearing-in ceremony for Allison O’Neill as Clerk Magistrate of York County Court was held April 15, 2022, in the York County Courthouse in York, Nebraska. Judge Lynelle Homolka opened and hosted the ceremony. O’Neill began her duties as Clerk Magistrate on February 11, 2022, replacing former Clerk Magistrate Kathy Barnes. Photo: Judge Lynelle Homolka presents Certificate of Appointment to Clerk Magistrate Allison O’Neill alongside Court Administrator Corey Steel.Read more
Chapin, Emrich, and Frease
April 8, 2022
Juvenile Probation Supervisor Tarin Chapin, alongside Juvenile Probation Officers Nichole Emrich and Dominique Frease (along with others working for probation), implemented a pilot project for youth in McCook to pair juveniles on probation with mentors. The Thrive Mentorship Program has provided youth with an opportunity to set goals and improve self-esteem. The purpose of the program is for mentors to assist youth in maintaining stability while remaining in their community. Chapin, Emrich, and...Read more
Creighton Law Oral Arguments
April 8, 2022
In its 42nd appearance at the College of Law, the Nebraska Supreme Court was invited to hear oral arguments followed by a student question-and-answer period. On March 30, 2022, the Court heard four cases in the law school courtroom, making the Court’s business accessible to law students on campus. For over 40 years, the Nebraska Supreme Court has held oral argument sessions at the Creighton University School of Law. Over the years, argument sessions have moved from fall to spring. The October 2...Read more

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