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August 9, 2017
The Self-Represented Litigation Committee has released a new forms module for the establishment of paternity, custody, parenting time, and child support. The forms, long requested by self-help desks and libraries, are on the Judicial Branch Self-Help Website: www.supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help/families-children/establishing-paternity-custody-parenting-time-child-support These forms and instructions are a result of the concentrated work of committee members: Judge Teresa Luther, Hall County...Read more
August 9, 2017
A going away party for Shela Shanks was held August 8, 2017 to thank her for all the great work she did as Director of Admissions and Counsel for UPL. Shela has overseen the rendition of the bar exam for the Court since 2013 making several improvements in the process. We wish her well.Read more
August 3, 2017
Retired Judge Carlton Clark was called into service to serve as historian and tour guide at the Gosper County Courthouse for the first stop on the final day of the Chief Justice’s Summer Tour. Clark entertained visitors with stories of courthouse stealing and early scuffles between counties vying for designation as county seat. Joined by the county attorney, the county commission chair, and the Sheriff, Judge Wightman hosted the group on a walk-thru of offices and the courtroom. Clerk...Read more
August 2, 2017
Judges Paine and Urbom greeted the Chief Justice’s tour group on the front steps of the Hayes County Courthouse first thing in the morning on August 2, 2017--Day three, first stop of the Summer Tour. Hayes Center is named after President Rutherford B. Hayes, the county was created in 1877 and later organized in 1884. Both Judge Urbom and Paine hosted the group at several courthouses during the trip. Photo: Justice Stephanie Stacy, Justice William Cassel, Clerk of the District Court Susan...Read more
August 1, 2017
The second day of the Chief Justice’s Summer Tour started with an early breakfast in the new Health Science Education Complex on University of Nebraska - Kearney campus. Chancellor Doug Kristensen welcomed all guests before introducing the College’s first ‘Kearney Law Opportunities Program’ class. The five participating students have committed to practicing law in a rural community and will receive their Bachelor’s Degree at UNK followed by guaranteed admission to the University of Nebraska...Read more
August 1, 2017
Ron Werkmeister, Clerk Magistrate and Deputy Clerk of District Court of Frontier County, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his nearly 50 years of service to the Nebraska Judicial Branch on August 1, 2017. Chief Justice Michael Heavican visited Frontier County Courthouse to present the award. Judge Kent Turnbull outlined Werkmeister's history of service beginning with his election as county judge in 1968, his 1973 appointment as Associate County Judge, and his 1976 appointment...Read more
July 31, 2017
The first stop on the Chief Justice’s Summer Tour included a visit with participants in the Problem-Solving Court in Aurora with Judge Rachel Daugherty. When introducing the Problem-Solving Court participants to visitors, Judge Daugherty remarked, “It is a group that I am so proud of…their accomplishments are just incredible.” Problem-Solving Court Participants sat in the well of the courtroom with Chief Justice Heavican and Justice Cassel to talk about their experiences with the court system...Read more
July 25, 2017
The Judicial Ethics Committee has released an opinion addressing a question regarding disqualification when an attorney is related to a judge. Question Posed: Is a district judge whose brother is county attorney for one of the counties in the judge’s judicial district disqualified in the following situations: from cases in which the deputy county attorney for the county is the attorney for the State and the judge’s brother did not appear in the case, nor sign the complaint, or participate in...Read more
July 24, 2017
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) was designed with the vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults. After more than two decades of innovation and replication, JDAI is one of the nation's most effective, influential, and widespread juvenile justice system reform initiatives. JDAI promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs to reduce reliance on secure confinement, improve public safety...Read more
July 21, 2017
Juvenile Justice was the focus on the international stage at the 17th Annual Melaka International Youth Dialogue Conference in Maleka, Malaysia July 10-13th, 2017. Monica Miles-Steffens, Director of Placement, Juvenile Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation and Dr. Anne Hobbs, Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, University of Nebraska at Omaha shared the stage as plenary speakers to an audience representing over 40 different countries. The conference is...Read more

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