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April 7, 2021
With over 100 Creighton Law students in a Zoom waiting room, Law School Professor Carol Knoepfler, a former Supreme Court Law Clerk, quickly organized the Nebraska Supreme Court’s justices into an online panel. The Zoom question and answer session with Creighton law students substituted for their annual in-person session held each Spring. Students were required to watch previously selected live-streamed arguments to prepare for a discussion with justices over the noon hour on Thursday, April 1...Read more
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April 1, 2021
Working ‘smarter’ became the mission of the District 4A Drug Tech Team as soon as the pandemic hit Omaha. The team, who have reported each and every day to the office, made significant adjustments in drug testing in order to maintain safety and efficiency. Dan Sedlacek and Kathleen Johnson, Substance Use Monitors; along with Drug Technicians, Sheryl Lindstrom, Eric Digny, Bethany Milledge, Eric Franco, Eduardo Montes, and Scott Brooks completely revamped the assignment of random numbers keeping...Read more
March 29, 2021
The Douglas County Young Adult Court celebrated graduation in Omaha on March 24, 2021, at the Criminal Justice Center in Omaha. For the graduates Jada, Miguel, Jaylen, and Carson, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive mental health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. Judge Shelly Stratman presided over the event. Young Adult Court is a judicially supervised program that provides a sentencing alternative for youthful offenders...Read more
March 26, 2021
New County Court Judge, Lynelle Homolka, took her oath of office March 19, 2021, in the Hamilton County Courthouse in Aurora. Homolka began her judicial duties immediately. Photo from Aurora News-Register Read full article in the Aurora News-Register: Homolka dons robe as new judgeRead more
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March 25, 2021
Michele Lueders, Juvenile Intake and Detention Alternatives Specialist; Julie Smith, Out of Home Program Specialist; and Jen Manning, Program Officer from the Juvenile Services Division have worked diligently with probation districts, facilities, and community based services throughout the pandemic to provide appropriates services to youth in congregate care and detention facilities. They have staffed cases to come up with creative options, worked around the clock to assist probation officers...Read more
March 23, 2021
The Nebraska Supreme Court has approved amendments to the Expanded News Media Coverage in Nebraska Trial Courts rules as of March 10, 2021. The revisions come four years after the effective date of the original camera rules. Revisions include: Defining “Conference” as any communication between lawyers and others. Also includes a prohibition on photography of attorney notepads or screens. Adds a provision for renewal of credentials (allowing the administrative office to issue time-limited...Read more
March 19, 2021
Since 1973 the Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized language access as necessary to providing justice, ensuring people who cannot speak English or are deaf or hearing-disabled have equal access to participate in cases in Nebraska State Courts. Language access provided by Nebraska Court Interpreters to court proceedings and probation services may have a lasting and life-altering impact upon a Limited English Proficient (LEP) court user and his or her family. Court interpreter certification is...Read more
March 19, 2021
Colfax County Court changed during the pandemic, with the implementation of more video. Those changes may stay post-COVID, Colfax County Court Clerk Magistrate Ellen Faltys said. Sheriff Shawn Messerlie said, “A lot of our meetings, we don’t have to drive places. Even in the courtroom now, we don’t have to transport as many people as we used to have to.” He said it is more convenient and safer. Faltys shares this sentiment for Colfax County Court, “Part of it (is it's) very cost-efficient,...Read more
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March 18, 2021
Undeterred by COVID, Judge Wester and a team of dedicated judicial assistants organized their annual traditional courthouse charitable event with an outdoor twist. Rather than bowling, the judge and staff organized a socially-distanced putt-putt golf contest with barbeque for all county and court offices at the Sarpy County Courthouse. Each office was invited to design a golf hole using paper products and canned goods that would later be donated to the Tri-City Food pantry. Together, the group...Read more
March 18, 2021
Jeffrey A. Gaertig was appointed as a judge of the County Court for the 1st Judicial District on March 16, 2021, to replace Judge Steven B. Timm. Full Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Appoints Jeffrey Gaertig as County Court Judge in the First Judicial District Read More News Channel Nebraska: Beatrice attorney Jeffrey Gaertig appointed as County Court JudgeRead more

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