Judge Kris Mickey has been named County Court Presiding Judge of the 12th Judicial District (Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux Counties) for the year 2013. The Nebraska Supreme Court approved the nomination of Judge Mickey, whose name was submitted by his fellow county court judges for the second consecutive year.
Judge Mickey has served on the county court bench in the 12th Judicial District since taking the bench in 2010. He has served as co-host for the Scottsbluff area National Adoption Day celebration since he became a judge. He has also served as guest speaker for legal seminars including the "Issues in the Court" workshop for the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy in Lincoln. His civic education outreach projects include judging High School Mock Trial competitions each year, as well as representing the court system for County Government Day. He recently assisted in the implementation of security upgrades in the Scotts Bluff County courthouse, and presides over the local drug court as needed.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in the private practice of law in Scottsbluff from 1995 to the time of his appointment. Prior to moving to Scottsbluff, he worked for the Kansas Supreme Court.
As presiding judge, Mickey has primary responsibility for overseeing the delivery of county court services within the 12th Judicial District. Judge Mickey will serve as the liaison to other agencies of local and state government, to the Nebraska State Bar Association, and to the media.
Presiding judges also bear the responsibility for the hiring, evaluation, and discipline of county court staff and provide county courts in the district with direction regarding matters of local policy.