National Center for State Courts Re-engineering Meetings
The Nebraska advisory group, chaired by Judge Pat McDermott, has been divided into three working teams with assignments in the areas of Policy, Structure and Centralization of services. Members of the teams are:
Staff participating in the process are: State Court Administrator Janice Walker, Deputy Administrators Judy Beutler and Bill Miller, and Administrative Fiscal Analyst Eric Asboe.
The group plans on completing their initial work in mid-October 2010.
More on the National Center for State Courts Re-engineering project:
Chief Justice Receives National Council Award
Chief Justice and State Court Administrator Visit Self-Help Center in Grand Island and Technology Installation in O’Neill
Following the visit to the Self-Help Center, the Chief Justice and State Court Administrator travelled to the county courthouse in O’Neill to view newly-installed courtroom technology with Judge Alan Brodbeck.
Click here to read the news article from the O’Neill paper.
Court Information Kiosk Moves to Holdrege
Efiling Featured on Judicial Branch Web Site
Judges Key to Foster Care Training of Volunteers
Judicial Branch Education
At the end of October there will be a one-day training for all clerk magistrates and all court staff who deal with juvenile court matters. The training, funded with Court Improvement Project funds, is intended to bring uniformity to the manner in which JUSTICE entries are made in juvenile court cases and is an opportunity for all clerk magistrates to get together to address this important topic. The exact date of the training will be announced soon.
Trial Court Services
Courts are asked to use the on-call interpreter program when they need Spanish interpreters but scheduling or distance make it difficult or expensive to have a certified interpreter travel to the county. About 1/3 of the state’s interpreter budget has gone to pay for travel time and mileage.
The interpreter program is greatly indebted to certified interpreter Luis Sanchez of Alliance for his design and management of the on-call calendar.
Click here to view the calendar and mark it as a "favorite" for quick reference.
Interepreter Orientation Approaching
The courts are asked to encourage prospective interpreters, particularly those in languages for which we do not have certified interpreters, to attend.
Drug Court Conference in Lexington
Click here to read full press release.
NPACS allows users 24/7 access to offender and case management data. It also:
NPACS supports an overrarching quality assurance system which is necessary to monitor the delivery of services and maintain and enhance the fidelity and integrity of the Probation System.
County Court Judge Appointed, 12th Judicial District
Mickey served as a special prosecutor in Scotts Bluff County and was deputy Banner County attorney, 2003-2004. He graduated in 1991 from the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering and graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, in 1994.
Mickey will be sworn in September 1, 2010.
Probation Administrator, Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, President of the National Association of Probation Executives
Click here to read full press release.
New Court Personnel
New Probation Personnel
Senator John Wightman from Lexington is the Chair and Senator John Nelson of Omaha is Vice-Chair of the Review Committee. The three subcommittees are:
By October 1, 2010, the Review Committee on Guardianships and Conservatorships will submit its report to the Chief Justice, the Legislature, and the Bar Association.
Click here to view the full committee listing.
To view a slideshow of the initial Guardian Conservator Task Force meeting held June 11, 2010, click here.
Minority Justice Committee
The Nebraska State Bar Association’s diversity programs are developed and administered by the Minority Justice Committee. The Committee’s focus on diversity is two-fold: to expand the pipeline of diverse law school applicants and to take steps to retain attorneys of color currently practicing in Nebraska. For descriptions of the award winning programs, click “ABA Partnership Award.”
Link to Minority Justice Committee on the Judicial Branch Web site.
Child Support Advisory Commission
Nebraska law requires a quadrennial review of the Nebraska Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines. The last review of the guidelines began in 2006 and was completed in 2007 with several amendments to the guidelines approved and adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The 2007 child support guideline amendments were based, in part, on the valuable work and recommendations of the 2006-2007 Nebraska Child Support Advisory Commission.
The commission is expected to fulfill its duties in late December 2010.
Proposed Rule Amendments For Comment
Minimum Technology Standards for Trial Courts:
Rule Amendments (made within the last 90 days)
Court Reporting Personnel and Court Record
MCLE Limitations on Credits
County Court Small Claims Court Jurisdictional Limits:
County Court Courtroom Decorum and Weapons Limitations
County Court Uniform Waiver System
Local Court Rules:
Records Retention Schedule Updates
A link to the updated Schedules can be found on the "For the Court Community" page on the Judicial Branch Web site. Click here for a list of all retention schedules found on the the Nebraska Secretary of State's Web site.
Record retention and disposition schedules are designed to serve as the records management directive for storing or disposing of your records (regardless of the media on which the records reside). Please remember that your only ongoing authority to dispose of records is provided by these State Records Administrator approved schedules. Additional instructions and contact information regarding their use can be found in the schedules under "instructions for using this schedule."
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|October 11||Columbus Day|
|November 11||Veteran's Day|
|November 25-26||Thanksgiving and Friday following|
Court Holiday Schedule
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican