Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave his 5th annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature on January 19, 2012, in the Legislative Chamber.
The State of the Judiciary is archived and available through the Nebraska Judicial Branch Web site: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/community/adminreports/state-judiciary-address/index.shtml
The State of the Judiciary address is given each year by the Chief Justice at the invitation of the Speaker of the Legislature, Senator Mike Flood. It is the judiciary’s opportunity to highlight Judicial Branch priorities for the upcoming year and provide relevant information directly to lawmakers.
Nebraska Court Interpreter Shortage Featured on Public Radio
Excerpt: When Escobar took time between trials to talk about his job, it was on what seemed to be an exceptionally busy day. In fact, he explained nearly every day was this busy. That demand, he said, underscored the necessity of his work. "I don't think there is any reason we are obligated to do this other than morally. We provide these services for folks who are doing things that we don't approve of but we still want them to be fairly represented, to have a fair trial, to have an understanding of what they are being accused of and the penalties that come along with that."
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Nebraska State Mock Trial Competition
The "Green" team from Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha was awarded the Nebraska High School State Mock Trial title for 2011 and will compete on a national level in May 2012.
Mock Trial Informational Video Uploaded
“We (lawyers), of course, constitute essentially the third branch of government. If we are going to acquaint and educate people on their rights and teach them about how the law works in our society, it ought to be the lawyers. It ought to be the third branch of government that gets involved in that educational program. That seems to me to be one of the obligations we take on when we pass the bar and join the legal profession. We are here to improve the administration of justice for everyone in the community and there is no one who can do it better than the legal community itself.”
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Judicial Branch Education
Judges’ Training for Trainers
Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
Dates Set for Interpreter Training
Interpreter Skillsbuilding Workshops are scheduled April 21 and 22, 2012, in Omaha. Cost for the Skillsbuilding Workshops are $50 per day; $100 for both days. Times are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Space is limited.
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Third Statewide Children’s Summit August 2012
The Chief Justice requests that court hearings not be scheduled for the duration of the summit so that all juvenile court judges and county court judges with juvenile court jurisdiction can attend.
Gerrard to Federal Court
In his letter of resignation to Governor Dave Heineman, Justice Gerrard noted, “It has been my honor, and a privilege, to serve the citizens of Nebraska as a Supreme Court Judge these past 16 ½ years.”
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Former Supreme Court Justice Shanahan Dies
Thomas M. Shanahan served the Nebraska Supreme Court from 1983 to 1993. He was appointed March 24, 1983, to fill the vacancy created by death of Judge Clinton and resigned in 1993 to serve the federal bench.
Upcoming Judicial Retirements
Presiding Judges of Nebraska County Courts
New Court Personnel
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Counsel for Discipline Releases Ethics Advisory Opinion for Lawyers
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Judicial Qualifications Commission Annual Report
Progress Report Released by Nebraska Minority Justice Committee
Judgment Interest Rate
Judicial Financial Interest Statements
Please remember to complete the statement found in the Nebraska Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which became effective January 1, 2011. Click here for instructions and the form (pages 5-8) which can be completed on your computer and mailed in.
Those required to complete the form are all judges, all clerk magistrates, child support referees, and retired judges consenting to temporary judicial service.
In-House Counsel Registration and/or Renewal Application
Uniform Bar Exam
Request for copy of digital recording -- County Court
Protection Order Dismissal Forms Updated
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The following new forms have been added to the Judicial Branch Web site forms page:
Forms are located on the “Full Forms” section of the Web site under District Court---Protection Order Forms: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/forms/index.shtml#district
Filing and Reporting Requirements
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican