March Declared Mediation Month for Nebraska
Read the full press release at http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/press/2010-releases/mediation-month.pdf.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Chief Justice's Annual Judicial Awards
The Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judges for 2009; Judge Michael Offner, Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System, and Judge Robert C. Wester, Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community, have been added to the Distinguished Judge page on the Judicial Branch Web site under: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/community/awards/distinguished-judge/winner-summary.shtml
Judicial Branch Education
Skilsoft Online Courses
Read full press release: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/press/2010-releases/efiling-epayment.pdf
A team of NDCI staff and a cadre of drug court practitioners worked with regional planning teams, including the North Central Adult Drug Court to develop their policy and procedure manual. Teams were familiarized with the building blocks of a drug court. Topics included, but were not limited to, team building, psychopharmacology, mission statements, goals and objectives, target populations, treatment, community supervision, drug testing, relapse, incentives and sanctions, confidentiality and ethics, evaluation/MIS, and sustainability.
While the North Central Adult Drug Court will be based in the Howard County District Court with primary oversight by the Hon. Karin Noakes, the goal is to eventually provide drug court services through the entire 8th Judicial District. This has been accomplished through a strong commitment by stakeholders throughout the district. The planning team in Nashville was comprised of committed stakeholders from the judiciary, probation, law enforcement, attorneys, and treatment. With the additional training provided to the North Central team, identification of the program’s first participants has begun and the program will be up and running very soon.
Trial Court Services
District Court forms will be reviewed by the current District Court Procedures Manual Committee: Clerks of District Court Marge Schaffer (Madison), Marlene Vetik (Platte), Joyce Wusk (Saline); Justice Business Analyst Paula Crouse, and Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. District Judges Jodi Nelson, 3rd Judicial District, and David Urbom of the 11th Judicial District serve as judicial liasons to help ensure the legality and appropriateness of the forms. The committee will meet via phone or Readitalk to review current forms and consider requests for additional forms from court staff and the public.
Pro Se Forms Will Continue to be Developed by the Supreme Court Pro Se Forms SubCommittee:
County Court forms will be reviewed and updated by the new County Court Forms Committee: Clerk Magistrates Cathy Reiman (Rock and Boyd), Kathy Jones (Hayes and Red Willow), Darrie Streeter (Phelps), Lori Miskimins, (Dawes); Judicial Administrator Barb Pousson (Sarpy), and Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly. The Honorable Russell Harford (12th District) will serve as judicial liason to the committee. Review of garnishment forms and development of instructions for the garnishment process are being spearheaded by Honorable Curtis Maschman (1st District) and Honorable Kurt Rager (6th District) The forms committee will also consult with County Judges Association Criminal/Traffic and Probate/Civil committees as appropriate.
On March 6 and 7, 2010, 23 interpreters attended orientation at UNL College of Law. The attendees included speakers of Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Mandarin-Chinese, Russian, Burmese, and Somali. Two skillsbuilding sessions were also provided in Omaha in March by independent trainers to assist interpreters in improving their skills and preparing for the oral exam. The next orientation will be held September 11 and 12 in Omaha. Please send contact information for potential interpreters to Sheryl Connolly and share the training and testing information with those who may be interested.
Judicial Branch Revenue Fact Sheet Online
Probation R.I.S.E. Specialist Chosen to Speak at the Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism
R.I.S.E., a program for offenders, currently exists in 9 of the 12 probation districts. This program requires participants to attend group education sessions where they work on skills such as creating resumes and interviewing, as well as applying for colleges and success in the classroom. There is also a juvenile-specific program that focuses on school success for at-risk youth.
Nebraska Probation Program Specialist Toni Ahrendt Selected to Attend National Social Work Congress
Read the full release: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/press/2010-releases/ahrendt.pdf
New Payroll Web Site for State Employees
As with the old site, EDGE.NE.GOV will allow you to print your paystub, check your leave balances, check your W4, check your paycheck direct deposits, and other benefits-related information.
If you have any questions, please contact your respective HR contact person:
Nebraska Minority Justice Committee to Re-Assess Court and Probation Employee’s Perceptions of Fairness
Rule Changes/Additions --
Judicial Financial Interest Statements -- Due May 1st
Poverty Guidelines/Child Support Guidelines
The current guidelines will remain in effect until further notice.
Forms for Temporary Delegation of Parental Powers Emailed to School Administrators
Link to full press release: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/press/2010-releases/forms-temp-del-parent-powers.pdf
Link to form and instructions: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/forms/district/instructions-temp-delegation-powers.shtml
Filing and Reporting Requirements
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