Media Releases

Media Releases

December 11, 2017
Kerry Sides, Financial Service Representative at Adams Bank and Trust, has been selected to serve as Lincoln County Clerk Magistrate in North Platte. Sides lives in Hershey, Nebraska, and will begin work with the court system December 18, 2017. She replaces former Clerk Magistrate Melissa Ireland who moved to Lincoln to work in the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation. Sides has previous experience working with the courts having worked at the Lincoln County Court from 2007 to 2013...Read more
November 30, 2017
Lisa Johnson, Court Records Clerk, has been selected to serve as Howard County Court Clerk Magistrate in St. Paul, Nebraska. Johnson will begin her duties on December 1, 2017, replacing retired Clerk Magistrate Marsha Anderson. Johnson has worked in Howard County Court since 2011, and prior to that worked in Hall County Court beginning in 2002. She has a thorough knowledge of court practices and understanding of the needs of Howard County. Johnson has a wealth of experience working with...Read more
November 30, 2017
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Brandie M. Fowler as the state’s new Child Support Referee. Fowler is currently a private practice lawyer in Bellevue whose experience is primarily in the areas of juvenile and family law. As an advocate for children, Fowler has represented the best interests of many children in juvenile court. The Statewide Child Support Referee works in courts throughout Nebraska hearing matters relating to the establishment, modification, enforcement and collection of...Read more
November 29, 2017
LINCOLN – David J. A. Bargen, Adams; Melodie T. Bellamy, Kearney; S. Colin Palm, Bellevue; and Lawrence E. Welch, Jr., Beaver Lake, have submitted applications for appointment as Court of Appeals Judge in the 5th Judicial District consisting of Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Colfax, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Thayer, Webster and York counties. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge...Read more
November 21, 2017
The Douglas County Adult Drug Court will hold its 99th ceremony and celebration on December 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Omaha/Douglas County Civic Center Legislative Chambers in Omaha, Nebraska. For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. There will be 12 graduates. Judges presiding over the Adult Drug Court include: Gary Randall, Gregory Schatz, Thomas Otepka, and Leigh Ann...Read more
November 21, 2017
Patrick R. McDermott, county court judge of the 5th Judicial District, is retiring effective January 31, 2018, after 20 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge McDermott noted, “Words cannot express the honor, joy and satisfaction that come with the opportunity to serve the people of this state as a judge.” He added, “The men and women of the Nebraska judiciary are without equal, and the pride I feel having been numbered among them is the...Read more
November 17, 2017
Everett O. Inbody, Court of Appeals Judge of the 5th Appellate Court Judicial District, is retiring effective January 1, 2018, after over 30 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Governor, Inbody noted it has been his honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska and specifically the 5th Judicial District for almost 32 years as a County Court, District Court, and Appellate Court Judge. “I am thankful for the opportunities presented to me during these past 32...Read more
November 16, 2017
Nebraska courts celebrate National Adoption Day each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving or a Saturday immediately following the holiday. Participating courts hold parties for adoptive families, finalize adoptions where children are ready, and educate the public about the adoption process. This year there will be eight communities/courts celebrating Nebraska Adoption Day (see listing below). Nebraska’s Adoption Day partners include the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services,...Read more
November 15, 2017
Patrick R. McDermott, county court judge of the 5th Judicial District, is retiring effective January 31, 2018, after 20 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge McDermott noted, “Words cannot express the honor, joy and satisfaction that come with the opportunity to serve the people of this state as a judge.” He added, “The men and women of the Nebraska judiciary are without equal, and the pride I feel having been numbered among them is the...Read more
November 15, 2017
A new juvenile probation research study validated Nebraska probation’s assessment tool. The assessment tool, named “Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory,” emphasizes the importance of tailoring treatment and supervision to meet the needs of individual youth on probation. Accurate use of this evidence-based assessment tool provides direction for behavior change, making youth less likely to return to the court system. In a report published in October 2017, Dr. Richard Wiener and his...Read more

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