On October 20, 2011, the Chief Justice presented the Annual Distinguished Judge Awards.
Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community
Press Release Link for Distinguished Service Awards
2011 exemplary employees include:
Courts Participate in Library Open Houses
Click on links to view photos of Library Open Houses:
Nebraska Adoption Day 2011
November 18, 2011:
November 19, 2011:
December 3, 2011:
For more information on Adoption Day, click here.
Judicial Branch Education
There is a minimum of three attendees and a maximum of six attendees at each session. Training will not be scheduled if there are less than three registered for a session. Online registration will close two weeks prior to the training.
Click here to view upcoming education opportunities (click on "calendar" located next to 'search for courses').
Contact Alicia at JBE if you have trouble using the online registration Web site or any other questions.
Multi-Court Case Calendar Search Now Available for Android
The Nebraska Court Calendar App gives users the ability to search most district and all county court hearing schedules to find day, time, and location information. Searches can be done by either name or date, and previous search results can be reviewed using a history option. Hearing schedules are pulled in real-time from the court database, providing users with the most accurate information available. Users can save frequently-used search criteria for faster results. Note: Not all district courts are participating.
Click here to read the full release.
Law Librarians and Court Staff Participate in Public Librarian Education
Sandra Placzek, Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Schmid Law Library, and State Librarian Marie Wiechman, Nebraska Supreme Court, answered questions on the unauthorized practice of law. Debora Brownyard, J.D., Dispute Resolution and Special Projects Director, moderated the session. Supreme Court Public Information Officer Janet Bancroft presented resources available through the Nebraska Judicial Branch Self-Help link.
Specific instruction on the role and boundaries of the reference librarian in working with self-represented litigants was presented by law librarians.
Photo: Wiechman, Bancroft, Placzek, Brownyard at Library Association Conference
Trial Court Services
MEMORANDUM from State Benefits Division:
IF YOU ARE USING A FAX MACHINE THAT REQUIRES A NUMBER TO BE DIALED IN ORDER TO GET AN OUTSIDE LINE, IT IS NECESSARY TO DIAL THAT NUMBER PRIOR TO DIALING 1-877-965-5555. (For example, fax machines in the state capitol require dialing a 9 in order to get an outside line, therefore you would need to dial 9-1-877-965-9555. Please ensure that the fax was sent successfully by obtaining the fax confirmation report. )
All required verification documents must be received by the Dependent Verification Center by November 23, 2011. You can view your dependent audit status, obtain documents and access helpful information at https://www.yourdependentverification.com/plan-smart-info.
Failure to respond will result in your dependents being dropped from coverage effective June 30, 2011, including those that may meet eligibility requirements but were not verified. In addition, not complying may be viewed as fraudulent activity which could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Aon Hewitt at 1-888-236-4121.
Thank you for the time and effort you put forth to comply with this process.
Justice John Gerrard Presented with JBE Award of Appreciation
Photo: Judicial Branch Education Award recipient, Justice John Gerrard (center) with (left to right) Chief Justice Mike Heavican, County Judge Education Committee member Judge Alan Brodbeck, former District Judge Education Committee member Judge John Icenogle and JBE Director Carole McMahon-Boies.
20th Anniversary of the Dispute Resolution Act
Photo: Judge Mike Pirtle (right), Nebraska Court of Appeals and an ODR Advisory Council member presents Justice Michael McCormack with 20-year anniversary award.
Judges and Supreme Court Staff inducted into the Nebraska State Bar Foundation
Nebraska State Bar Foundation 2011 Fellows from the Court Community
Andrew R. Jacobsen, District Court , 3rd Judicial District, Lincoln, signed oath October 27, 2011.
New Court Personnel
New Probation Personnel
(1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any judicial district or a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district; or,
(2) the judicial district boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the district or county courts. The Commission shall also examine current caseload statistics and make any appropriate recommendations for the more balanced use of existing judicial resources.
(1) State Office Building, Room 207, 2nd Floor, 1313 Farnam Street, in Omaha, Nebraska;
Any member of the public is entitled to attend the Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission hearing in Room 1507 of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, and present, either orally or in writing, any pertinent information concerning the existence of a judicial vacancy.
Following the hearing, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Legislature of its determination.
Supreme Court Justice Michael McCormack, Chairperson;
Riko E. Bishop, Lincoln;
Richard Carter, Bellevue;
Mike Day, Omaha;
Thomas F. Hoarty, Omaha;
Jayne Mann, Aurora;
Wayne J. Mark, Omaha;
Steven F. Mattoon, Sidney;
Judges’ Associations Elect New Officers
County Judges’ Association
Committee/Commission Reappointments 2011
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission
Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Judicial Ethics Committee
Judgment Interest Rate
Forms Added to Seal a Juvenile Court Record
Photo: Judge Richard Sievers (right) chairman of the Pro Se Committee with Judges Mike Offner and Teresa Luther of the forms committee.
Rules for Comment
Filing and Reporting Requirements
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican