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July 5, 2017
Problem-Solving Court teams from across Nebraska met in May – the month nationally designated as Drug Court Month – for team training and self-assessment of best practice standards. Experts from the National Center for State Courts conducted sessions on the Nebraska Adult Drug Court and DUI Court Best Practice Standards, giving local teams the opportunity to review operating policies and procedures. “Our standards are among the top in the nation,” said Judge Jim Doyle, Nebraska Supreme Court...Read more
June 30, 2017
Retired Judge Alan Brodbeck received a standing ovation from the county judges as he accepted a recognition award from Judicial Branch Education chair, Judge Riko Bishop, for his efforts to establish and maintain mandatory judicial branch education in Nebraska. From 1987 until his retirement in March of 2017, he was involved in building judicial branch education. Judge Brodbeck's work was instrumental in focusing the attention of the Supreme Court on the need to provide mandatory education...Read more
June 30, 2017
The Administrative Office of Probation announces the implementation of new “Juvenile Service Definitions and Service Interpretive Guidelines.” Service definitions for probation are consistent with Medicaid and the Division of Behavioral Health’s definitions. Each service definition has a “Service Interpretive Guideline” that is associated with the service definition. The Guideline is a recap of the service definition along with an expectations/requirements section providing guidance to...Read more
June 28, 2017
The official rollout of electronic delivery of pre-sentence investigation reports (PSIs) to all probation offices and courts has begun. Judicial Branch Education is assisting Information Technology staff from the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation with providing education of the processes involved in creating and sending electronic versions of PSIs through the web. Three judicial districts will be brought on each month starting in June and going through the fall. The rollout...Read more
June 22, 2017
The Nebraska Court of Appeals and Supreme Court’s new electronic filing system was selected by StateScoop as the IT Innovation of the Year. The eFiling system was nominated through the courts’ technology partner Nebraska.gov and the award was announced on April 23. Appellate Court eFiling went into pilot in September of 2016 and use of the online service has been growing steadily. This filing system greatly decreases the percentage of paper filings. Currently, the system is handling almost 60%...Read more
June 22, 2017
In 2015 the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) partnered with the University of Minnesota's Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (CRJP) to initiate a pilot Victim Youth Conference (VYC) project involving The Mediation Center in Lincoln, Mediation West in Scottsbluff, and Concord Mediation Center in Omaha, which was funded in part by the Sherwood Foundation. Dr. Mark Umbreit and his Minnesota team at CRJP helped develop a program which integrated evidence-based practices into Victim...Read more
June 22, 2017
The six Office of Dispute Resolution-approved mediation centers have been providing small claims mediation for over two decades. Recently, The Mediation Center-Lincoln celebrated the efforts of small claims mediation for Lancaster County Courts. Its program began in 1996 and is the oldest, continuous program at The Mediation Center. A total of 2,328 small claims cases have been mediated for Lancaster County as of June 1, 2017. Small claims mediation is provided to county courts at no cost to...Read more
June 21, 2017
The Administrative Office of Probation has announced that it has recently partnered with the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) to improve its response regarding the investigation and supervision of Adult Sex Offender clients as well as Juveniles Who Sexually Harm clients. CSOM is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that is administered by the Center for Effective Public Policy and provides support to state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex...Read more
June 20, 2017
“Take Your Dog to Work Day” is Friday, June 23, 2017. While most courthouses do not allow dogs in the building, Nebraska has a couple of working dogs who attend court on a regular basis. Manny (pictured) is Sarpy County’s courthouse dog and is trained to calm victims and witnesses in pretrial meetings and court proceedings. During interviews and court proceedings, the dogs are trained to sit or lie near victims and witnesses so they feel safe and secure. Finnegan, another courthouse dog, lives...Read more
June 14, 2017
The Chief Justice devotes several days each summer traveling outside the Lincoln area to meet with judges, court and probation staff, and to observe local programs and services. The 2017 summer tour will take the Chief, key court staff, and select judges and justices to the southwestern portion of the state on the last day of July and into early August. Some of the highlights of the tour will include: Meeting with court officials in Aurora and visiting with participants and team members in the...Read more

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