The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine the following:
(1) Whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the 5th Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Michael J. Owens, effective January 31, 2014, and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.
(2) Whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, a judicial vacancy exists in the office of county court of the 9th Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Graten D. Beavers, effective January 31, 2014, and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., central time. The hearing will be held via video conferencing from the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska, and will include participation from the following sites: (1) Omaha State Office Building, 1313 Farnam Street, Room 207, Second Floor, Omaha, Nebraska; (2) Hastings Public Library, Second Floor, 517 West 4th Street, Hastings, Nebraska; and (3) Educational Service Unit #16, 1221 West 17th Street, Distance Learning Room, North Platte, Nebraska.
The Commission makes its determination based on weighted caseloads, adequate access to the courts by litigants, population, judicial duties, travel time and other factors necessary to assure efficiency and service of the court system.
Following the hearing, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Legislature of their determination.
Commission members are:
|Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, Chairperson|
|Richard Carter, Bellevue||Darlene Starman, Lincoln|
|Mike Day, Omaha||Thomas F. Hoarty, Omaha|
|Jayne Mann, Aurora||Wayne J. Mark, Omaha|
|Steven F. Mattoon, Sidney||Patrick R. McDermott, Schuyler|
|Robert B. O'Neal, Papillion||Robert J. Parker, Hastings|
|Brian Phares, North Platte||John E. Samson, Fremont|
|Lori Scherer, Beemer||Amy Schlichting, Lincoln|
|Mark M. Sipple, Columbus||Timothy R. Engler, Lincoln|
Any member of the public is entitled to attend the Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission hearing in Room 1510 of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, and present, either orally or in writing, any pertinent information with regard to any item on the agenda.
For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730. For persons with hearing impairments, please call the Nebraska Relay System at 711.