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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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January 26, 2021
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January 24, 2021
Damon Strong, new Chief Probation Officer for adult probation in the Fourth Judicial District (Omaha), was sworn-in Friday, January 15, 2021, by Presiding Judge Horacio Wheelock. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many attendees participated virtually. Those in the courtroom were State Probation Administrator Deb Minardi, Deputy Administrator and Mentor to Strong, Bob Denton, and Strong’s immediate family members. The ceremony offered a unique opportunity for probation staff across the state to...Read more
January 22, 2021
A recent series of news stories, “Unhealthy Nebraska” by Lee Enterprise newspapers, explains drug court benefits for both clients and communities. “One of the smartest steps Nebraska has taken over the past two decades is establishing drug courts across the state. These specialty courts make tremendous sense, offering structured programs to keep offenders out of prison and on a path toward recovery. They’re making a positive difference in both urban and rural Nebraska.” Opinion January 7, 2021...Read more
Heroes award
January 21, 2021
Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court Officer Jared Baker routinely goes above and beyond when caring for his veteran clients. As Company Commander for the 1057th Military Police of the Nebraska Army National Guard, Baker was concerned that his COVID-quarantined client would feel isolated this past Veterans Day. Determined to make the day memorable, Baker delivered breakfast topped with flowers to his client’s home to celebrate his service to the country. Jared, for this act of kindness and...Read more
Heavican addressing Legislature
January 21, 2021
Chief Justice Mike Heavican delivered his annual State of the Judiciary address to state senators on January 21, 2021, in the Legislative Chamber. The address was given at the invitation of the Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Mike Hilgers. The Chief Justice uses this time with the legislature to highlight Judicial Branch priorities for the upcoming year, review the previous year, and provide relevant information directly to lawmakers. During his remarks, the Chief Justice offered his thanks...Read more
Everyday Hero Award
January 15, 2021
High praise was given to two Lexington probation officers following their intervention with a suicidal client in early November. Local police had responded to a man threatening to jump off the top of the pedestrian bridge spanning the Madison Street railroad crossing. According to law enforcement, Chad and Lisa were instrumental in calming the individual down and talking him off the structure. Officer’s reports show that Chad was his supervising probation officer and both he and Lisa had a good...Read more
January 15, 2021
The Legislature convened on January 6, 2021. Bills were introduced through January 20, and hearings began on January 25. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation is tracking many bills. The complete list will be posted on the intranet early in February on the Intranet home menu under Legislative Information: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/intranet-home/legislative-bill-list-interest-judicial-branch-bills-passed-signed The full text of any bill can be found on the Nebraska...Read more
January 15, 2021
Do you need assistance or support due to the stresses of the pandemic or for any other personal or professional reason? The Judicial Branch’s Employee Assistance Program provides employees and eligible family members services anytime they are needed. Phone, in-person, and online counseling sessions are available. BestCare’s network of affiliate providers allows face-to-face counseling services across the state. Call 402-354-8000 or 800-666-8606 for assistance. Joyce Welsch, JD | Director of...Read more
January 15, 2021
The following forms were added or improved in December 2020: County Court and District Court Petition to Set Aside Criminal Conviction , CC 6:11 , added “community service” and “not over 1 year imprisonment” in the "sentenced to" statements per LB881. Order Setting Aside a Criminal Conviction, CC 6:11.2 , added statement regarding consulting an attorney on the defendant's ability to possess a firearm under state or federal law per LB881 requirement. Voir Dire , CC 7:3 ; Jury List , CC 7:4 ; and...Read more

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