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Heroes award
February 11, 2021
Genuine thanks to the statewide language access team for true courage and outstanding performance in providing interpretation across Nebraska amid the COVID pandemic. The team's unique gifts and steadfast commitment have enabled limited English proficient court users and probation clients to tell their own stories in their own words. Vladimir, Olivia, Gladis, Adrian: (With a nod to Dr. Seuss) You have assigned interpreters to provide language access here and there and anywhere in Nebraska. You...Read more
February 8, 2021
The Northeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court celebrated graduation in Madison on February 5, 2021, at the Madison County Courthouse. For the graduate, Joaquin Arias, the ceremony marks the completion of a post-plea intensive supervision treatment program for adult offenders in the 7th judicial District of Nebraska. Upon successful completion of the program, which is a minimum of 18 months, a graduate’s charge is dismissed. Judge James G. Kube presided at the Adult Drug Court hearing. Pictured are...Read more
February 8, 2021
Valorie Bendixen has joined the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation (AOCP) as the new Director of District Court Trial Court Services. The position is newly created within the Court Services Division, where Sheryl Connolly continues her work as Trial Court Services Director for County Courts. Bendixen’s primary role will be to support the district courts and Clerks of the District Court. Both work under the direction of the Deputy Administrator for Court Services, Amy Prenda...Read more
February 8, 2021
George A. Thompson, retired District Court Judge serving Judicial District 2 in Papillion, died on January 25, 2021, at the age of 84. Thompson was appointed to the district court bench in 1983 where he served until 2006. He retired after 23 years of service on the bench. Read full obituary on Legacy.com: George A. Thompson 1937 - 2021Read more
February 5, 2021
The Dodge County Adult Drug Court celebrated graduation in Fremont on February 2, 2021, at the Dodge County Courthouse. For the graduate, Frank King, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Geoffrey C. Hall presided at the Adult Drug Court hearing. Pictured is Judge Geoffrey Hall and graduate Frank King. Dodge County Problem-Solving Court Coordinator Brandon Jerred...Read more
Heroes award
February 4, 2021
The staff of the Washington and Burt County Courts has achieved Everyday Hero status through their dedicated support of the Nebraska County Courts. Rachel Olson, Sarah Deemer, and Twila Alexander have been, and remain, ready to provide onsite and remote assistance to neighboring courts in need. They voluntarily used vacation time during the pandemic to implement social distancing in their offices and stepped up to provide continued access to court users despite their office relocation during...Read more
February 4, 2021
Judge Ryan Carson of the 9th Judicial District presented the Court’s plan for a Veterans Treatment Court to serve Hall and Buffalo Counties. According to a February 3, 2021, article in the Grand Island Daily Independent, the Court has reached out to the local jail populations to find out current veterans involved in the justice system. In a statement to the commissioners Carson noted, “The community cares about our veterans and wants to see our veterans succeed.” He continued, “Certainly,...Read more
Heroes award
January 28, 2021
When Judge Wetzel and Courtroom Clerk Karen Borgheiinck found themselves among those needing to self-isolate due to COVID 19, Judge Wetzel continued to hear cases and Karen continued to operate the digital recorder and manage DOCKET – although each worked remotely from their respective homes. Clerk Magistrate Sara Fowler dropped off files to the judge each night in preparation for court the next day. Karen used Skype Screen Sharing and WebEx to run DOCKET and the Liberty Recorder. Sara worked...Read more
January 27, 2021
Norman Krivosha, former Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, died January 26, 2021, at his home in Naples, Florida. In 1978, Krivosha was appointed Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court where he served until 1987. Krivosha was interviewed by then Creighton Professor Richard Shugrue in 1998 for Creighton’s oral history series. Watch the Krivosha interview: https://culibraries.creighton.edu/Nebraska-Oral-Histories/Krivosha Legacy.com Obituary: Norman M. KrivoshaRead more
January 27, 2021
The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court in York celebrated graduation on January 25, 2021. For the graduate, Jordan Ward, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Adult Drug Court Judge James C. Stecker hosted the ceremony. In attendance were District 5 probation staff, probation administration staff, and friends. Problem-Solving Court Coordinator, Morgan...Read more

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