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November 12, 2019
More than 450 probation, community corrections, and behavioral professionals came together October 28th-30th in LaVista for the 2019 Justice and Behavioral Health Conference. The Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation sponsored this statewide event in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and the Mid-America ATTC. Focusing on community-based supervision and behavioral health treatment as a means of reducing recidivism,...Read more
November 5, 2019
In honor of Kris Riekenberg’s 30th anniversary as an official court reporter with the state court system, News Channel Nebraska aired a profile of her career. Riekenberg used the opportunity to educate the public about the court system and the career of court reporting. Listen to full story: Veteran Court Reporter Recognized, by Nebraska Supreme Court: Court Reporter Kristine Riekenberg recognized by Nebraska Supreme Court, for thirty years of serviceRead more
October 29, 2019
The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Commission sponsors programs for attorneys that focus on Supreme Court priorities, rules, procedures and programs. The MCLE Commission staff sponsored seven programs across the state in 2019 providing live education on court programs and requirements to over 800 attorneys. Sessions that focused on professionalism in the courtroom, cognitive decline and an attorney’s need to plan for a sudden disability were held in Lincoln, Grand Island, North...Read more
October 28, 2019
The 6 th Judicial District Drug Court in Fremont held a graduation ceremony on October 22, 2019. The ceremony was held in the District Courtroom of the Dodge County Courthouse. State Senator Lynne Walz attended the ceremony and addressed the drug court participants. Problem-Solving Court Judge Geoffrey Hall presided over the hearing. For Problem-Solving Court graduates, this ceremony marks the completion of an intensive comprehensive drug treatment program that includes close supervision, and...Read more
October 28, 2019
A new manual for court reporting personnel is now available. The manual is a tool that outlines the role and responsibilities of personnel operating the digital recording systems and courtroom procedures related to exhibits. It also provides instructions on operating the digital recorder, providing records (for transcripts, bills of exceptions and the public), and producing journal entries and orders. Appendices with court vocabulary, Office of Dispute Resolution glossary, and probation...Read more
Griess
October 23, 2019
Ashley Griess, new Chief Probation Officer for District 1, was sworn-in Monday, October 20, 2019 in the Saline County District Courtroom by District Judge Vicky Johnson. Griess replaces former Probation Chief Jeremy Behrends who joined the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation earlier this year. Read more: Ashley Griess Named Chief Probation Officer for 1st Judicial District https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/ashley-griess-named-chief-probation-officer-1st-judicial-district Read...Read more
October 23, 2019
The Juvenile Service Audit Report has been published and is now online with the Nebraska Legislature. In an announcement sent congratulating probation employees on a job well done, Probation Administrator Deb Minardi encouraged probation to share the report with others. Full report: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/reports/audit/juvenileservices_2019.pdf Omaha World Herald: Nebraska's juvenile probation showing progress at reducing services costs, report says https://www.omaha.com/news/...Read more
October 23, 2019
“Restorative Justice and Youth Offenders in Nebraska” is an article recently published in the Nebraska Law Review and co-authored by Professor Kristen Blankley, Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) Advisory Council member, and Alisha Caldwell Jimenez, J.D., M.A., ODR’s Restorative Justice Program Analyst. The article provides an overview of the statewide initiative to provide restorative justice to youth offenders with services provided by the six ODR-approved mediation centers. The article...Read more
Probation officers
October 23, 2019
Nebraska State Probation officers officially sworn-in October 16, 2019 in the Capitol Rotunda by Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican. Deb Minardi, State Probation Administrator, addressed the 59 new officers, their families, and fellow probation employees noting that probation’s work is both complex and dynamic and presents a multitude of challenges on any given day in Nebraska, there are over 16,000 adults and over 2,000 juveniles under probation supervision. Probation officers...Read more
October 21, 2019
The Clerk Magistrates gathered together for their Fall Conference, September 18-20, 2019, at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk. Approximately ninety-two clerk magistrates participated in this three-day event. State Court Administrator, Corey Steel, opened the conference expressing gratitude and admiration for the clerk magistrates who kept the courthouses running despite challenges the floods caused their counties. Professor Toni Jensen from Nebraska Wesleyan University led the group...Read more

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