Five Submit their Names for District Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District

Five Submit their Names for District Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

LINCOLN – Shane M. Cochran, Kearney; Chawnta M. Durham, Joel B. Jay, Michael L. Nozicka, and Cindy R. Volkmer, all of North Platte, have submitted applications for appointment as District Court Judge in the 11th Judicial District consisting of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Richard A. Birch.

The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the District Court Courtroom, Lincoln County Courthouse, 301 North Jeffers Street, North Platte, Nebraska, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on July 18, 2022. The Commission will interview all applicants for the office at that time. 

Any member of the public wishing to present testimony for the commission’s consideration may do so one of two ways:

  1. Written testimony provided in advance:  Those wishing to present written testimony or other pertinent information may do so by mailing the information to the Commission Chair no later than July 11, 2022, at the following address: Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, Nebraska Supreme Court, PO Box 98910, Lincoln, NE 68509 or email it to    
  2. Oral testimony offered during the hearing:  Those wishing to present oral testimony may do so by attending the public hearing in the District Court courtroom of Lincoln County, North Platte, Nebraska. All persons attending should be prepared to comply with any directed health measures that may be in effect. 

The Nebraska Supreme Court continues to carefully monitor the evolving circumstances presented by the spread of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease, including monitoring updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local Directed Health Measures from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  As of the date of this press release, this judicial nominating commission public hearing will be held in person.  Should circumstances change due to COVID-19, all commission members and applicants will have the option to participate in this hearing via WebEx.

A listing of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission can be found on the Nebraska Judicial Branch Web site at

For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730.  For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the Nebraska Relay System, 7-1-1. AA/EOE.