Media Releases

Media Releases

February 13, 2017
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice William B. Cassel, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the...Read more
February 13, 2017
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 1st Judicial District (consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Court Courtroom at the Gage ­­­­County Courthouse in Beatrice, Nebraska, beginning at 2 p.m. on April 4, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Auburn,...Read more
February 9, 2017
LINCOLN -- According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 9th Judicial District (consisting of Buffalo and Hall Counties) will hold a public hearing in the County Courtroom #1 at the ­­­­Hall County Courthouse (111 W. 1st Street) in Grand Island, Nebraska, beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the...Read more
February 9, 2017
Findings and analysis from a research study concerning the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend (recidivism) in Nebraska has been presented to the Nebraska Supreme Court, distributed to state senators, and posted on the Judicial Branch Website. The study, commissioned by the Supreme Court Administrative Office of Probation, is a comprehensive evaluation of recidivism rates among ex-offenders who have successfully completed probation in Nebraska. The study found that recidivism following...Read more
February 7, 2017
The investiture of David K. Arterburn as a Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 4th Judicial District, will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017, in the Warner Legislative Chamber, 2nd Floor, Nebraska State Capitol. Judge Arterburn is replacing John F. Irwin who retired from the Court of Appeals in November 2016. Judge Todd J. Hutton, County Court 2nd Judicial District, will serve as host for the ceremony and Judge William B. Zastera, District Court 2nd Judicial District,...Read more
January 13, 2017
Judge of the District Court, 12th Judicial District, Randall L. Lippstreu, is retiring February 28, 2017. Described as a great mentor, Lippstreu is known among judges as someone who makes himself available to assist others with problem-solving whenever requested. “I can think of no one who works longer hours, or who works as hard to get it right, and his appellate record is reflective of his good work,” remarked fellow Judge Leo Dobrovolny. “We will greatly miss his guidance and calm demeanor...Read more
January 6, 2017
Chief Justice Mike Heavican will give his 10th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, in the Legislative Chamber. NET Television will air the speech on NET2 as part of its regular legislative coverage which can be viewed online at NET's website: www.netnebraska.org/publicmedia/capitol.html (link will appear as: Nebraska: Legislative Session). Before the end of the month, the State of the Judiciary will be archived and available...Read more
January 5, 2017
Ronald Murtaugh, Chief of Police at Ralston, has been selected to serve as Judicial Administrator for Nebraska’s largest county court in Omaha. Murtaugh will remain police chief until February 6, 2017, when he starts his new position with judicial administration at Douglas County Court. Murtaugh is a law enforcement executive with almost 30 years of law enforcement experience. While serving as Ralston’s Police Chief, his responsibilities included budgeting, strategic planning, establishment of...Read more
January 4, 2017
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via video conference on Thursday, February 9, 2017, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, judicial vacancies exist in the following locations: 1.Office of district court of the 1st Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr., effective December 31, 2016, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office...Read more
December 15, 2016
Attorneys practicing in Nebraska can now eFile in any level of court in the state. The county and district courts, separate juvenile courts, Workers’ Compensation Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court are all now accepting electronic filings through a single web-based system. Unified access for attorneys to file documents through a single online structure is the realization of a Nebraska Judicial Branch strategic initiative started in 2008. With the connection of all state courts into one...Read more

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