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CIP 2019 Legislative Overview
February 26, 2019
The Court Improvement Project (CIP) held its annual webinar on February 6, 2019, outlining bills related to juvenile justice and child welfare submitted by state senators for the 2019 legislative session. CIP project specialists, Mary Ann Harvey and Mary Pat Coe tracked and identified bills of interest and invited Sarah Helvey, Director, Nebraska Appleseed; Juliet Summers, Policy Coordinator, Voices for Children in Nebraska; Jeanne Brandner, Deputy Administrator, Juvenile Services, Office of...Read more
February 26, 2019
The newly developed Juvenile Justice Reform Update is now available (click here) . The update, produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts & Probation-Juvenile Services Division, was created to update the juvenile justice community on the implementation of LB 670 passed in 2018 and the work accomplished in Nebraska through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). The Nebraska Juvenile Justice System continues to implement changes that will make a positive impact on...Read more
February 11, 2019
Thunderbeat reporter Brooke Jones (January 31, 2019) Junior Taegan Jacobs won first place in the student reporter contest at the annual Nebraska State Mock Trial Competition. She made history by being the first student journalist to win the award and was the first reporter from Bellevue West to compete. Reporters are eligible to compete once a school’s mock trial team qualifies for state. Jacobs said she took as many notes as possible and documented the entire trial, then wrote a report on it...Read more
January 25, 2019
The Court Improvement Project hosted the bi-annual meeting of the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts at the Judicial Branch Education Facility in Lincoln on December 7, 2018. Judge Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court, and Judge Francie Riedmann, Nebraska Court of Appeals, co-chair the commission and presided over the commission meeting. The meeting consisted of reports from the following subcommittees: Unified Family Court, Guardian ad Litem, Case Progression...Read more
January 25, 2019
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York, Hamilton, and Merrick Counties held graduation ceremonies on January 4, 2019, in York County and January 7, 2019, in Merrick County. For Problem-Solving Court graduates, these ceremonies mark the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judges, James Stecker, of York District Court, and Judge Rachel Daugherty, of Merrick District...Read more
January 25, 2019
The Information Technology Division of the Judicial Branch has created a new position of IT Support Supervisor. The branch’s first IT Support Supervisor, Shane Smith, will have an important role in the ongoing integration of technology support across the branch. As the Judicial Branch has grown, steps have been taken toward efficient consolidation of technology support for all of the administrative offices/divisions, field probation, appellate courts and trial courts. Smith will take...Read more
January 11, 2019
The Judicial Branch Website experienced much activity in 2018 resulting in nearly 3.5 million pageviews on the main page. While the items and pages noted below aren’t necessarily the newest or biggest items hosted on the site, they are some of the most visited pages. It is no surprise that the Judicial Branch main page is at the top of the list as it hosts a slideshow of recent activity, media releases, recent news, appellate court opinions, rule changes and links to other pages. Other areas...Read more
January 8, 2019
Judge Kale Burdick was the first of this year’s judges to host a senator through the Judicial-Legislative Visit Program inviting Senator-elect Tim Gragert to attend court in O’Neill in mid-December. Judge Burdick had not met the future senator other than when Gragert was campaigning. After a busy morning in county court with Burdick, the senator-elect had lunch with staff of district court, county court, and probation. He spent the afternoon with Chief Probation Officer Tara Sprigler-Price,...Read more
January 8, 2019
Trial court judges have been hosting new state senators through a Judicial-Legislative Visit Program since 1999. For twenty 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 encourages new legislators to visit their local courthouse for a half-day session followed by meetings with court and probation staff. The program began with new state...Read more
January 8, 2019
Jefferson County District Court Judge Vicky Johnson and County Judge Linda Bauer hosted Senator-elect Tom Brandt for a court visit in conjunction with the swearing-in ceremony of that county’s elected officials on January 3, 2019. The judges invited Senator-elect Brandt to learn more about the judicial system as part of the Supreme Court’s Judicial-Legislative Court Visit Program, and he also had an opportunity to visit with local public officials over coffee and rolls. Commissioners, law...Read more

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