Legislative Bill Tracking
The legislative calendar can be found: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/calendar/calendar.php
Current session information: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/session/session_info.php
Find your senator: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php
Supreme Court/State Bar Foundation Law Day Essay Contest 2010
This year’s Law Day theme is “Democracy Responds to Technology.” The student essay question is:
Contact Judge Lyle Strom, PEOPLE Committee Chairman, 402-661-7320, email@example.com.
New Voters’ Guide to Nebraska’s Judicial Retention Elections Online
New Process for Transcription Services in County Court
Clerk Magistrate Linda Mitchell, Antelope County Court, will coordinate all requests for transcription. Linked below is the form for transcription requests and the original memorandum sent to clerk magistrates regarding this procedural change.
Read full memorandum: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/community/adminmemos/2010/transcription-memo.pdf
Transcription request form: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/forms/administrative/request-transcription.pdf
Judicial Branch Education
Read full release: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/press/2010-releases/jud-ed-canceled.pdf
New Administrative & Statistical Reports Available Online
The Douglas County Board approved the members of the Re-entry Task Force on February 9, 2010. Other members are: U.S. Rep. Lee Terry; Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle; Robert Houston, Director, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; Erin Porterfield, Executive Director, Metropolitan Continuum of Care for the Homeless; Kristin Williams, the Sherwood Foundation; Randy Schmailzl, President, Metropolitan Community College; State Senator Brenda Council, Omaha; Wendy Boyer, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Director, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Social Work; Mary Lee Ranheim, Deputy Chief Federal Probation Officer, District of Nebraska; Deborah Gilg, U.S. Attorney for Nebraska; Michael Abramson, Workforce Development Board and Douglas County Board members Mary Ann Borgeson and Chris Rodgers.
Juvenile Intake: Re-tooling for the Future
The Juvenile Committee has created a purpose statement for juvenile intake:
“The purpose of detention is to detain only those juveniles who pose a severe risk to the community or who are at risk to flee the jurisdiction. The most appropriate options which are the least restrictive and intrusive to the juvenile and their family will be chosen. The primary objective is to balance the best interest of the juvenile, family and the safety of the community.”
The creation of a new detention screening risk assessment tool will ensure Probation is only authorizing secure detention to those high-risk juveniles in our communities. This process started by reviewing best practice intake procedures from JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This ensures the court that when a juvenile comes in for a detention hearing, the probation officer has investigated all other options prior to utilizing secure detention.
One new aspect of our new Nebraska Juvenile Detention Screening Risk Assessment tool is that probation can now track detention trends in each individual probation district. The new instrument will allow review of the reasons juveniles are being detained and if some service can be put into place in the community to address that need instead of secure detention.
Research has shown the negative impact detention has on low-risk juveniles. The system needs to ensure only those juveniles who are a safety risk to the community, themselves, or a risk to flee the jurisdiction are being placed in secure detention facilities. Placing low-risk juveniles in secure facilities leads to the juvenile penetrating the system further than needed and being placed in higher-end placements.
For a current listing of association officers and committees click on the following links:
Minority Justice Committee Releases Annual Progress Report
Judicial Ethics Committee Task Force
Send comments via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 31, 2010.
Judicial Ethics Committee Task Force
Pro Se Forms Committee
Several changes have been made to Pro Se forms over this past winter. When changes are made to forms, the instruction pages associated with the form are often changed. Current forms and instructions are maintained on the Web site.
Changes uploaded to the Web site this month include:
Mileage for Supreme Court employees remains $.485 per mile.
Proper Handling of Fax Filings
Link to the fax rule: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/rules/pdf/Ch6Art6.pdf
Sex Offender Registration Forms
The old Sex Offender Registration form has now been removed from the Judicial Branch Web site. The new form is in the Criminal section: Sex Offender Registration Form, CC 6:9 (effective 01-01-2010)
County attorneys have been advised by the Office of the Attorney General that the form is accurate for those sentenced after 1/1/2010 and all parts of the required notice are contained within the new form.
Rule Changes/Additions --
View all rule amendments within the past 90 days: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/rules/index.shtml
Judicial Financial Interest Statements
Filing and Reporting Requirements
Nebraska’s Mediators Have a New Place to Call Home
Link to Frequently Asked Questions for NMA -- www.nemediation.org
Judges Filing For Retention Use Online Application
Link to the Secretary of State’s Web page ‘2010 Judicial Candidate List for retention in office’: http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/2010/pdf/judicial%20list.pdf
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican