Since the legislative session is currently scheduled to end on April 12, 2012, we will soon know the outcome of many bills that have been tracked since January. LB 790, which transfers a judgeship from the 5th judicial district to the 3rd judicial district, passed and was signed by the Governor. It has an effective date of July 1, 2012. LB 985 (Nebraska Juvenile Service Delivery Project) passed on March 30, 2012, and is awaiting action by the Governor. It seeks to provide access to services for juveniles on probation as close to home as possible and reduce the need for supervision by the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, with the signing of the budget bills by the Governor on April 2, 2012, the vote on passage of LB 862 (judges' salary increase) will be very soon.
Judge Weimer Sits on Greater Nebraska Panel at the UNL College of Law
Photo: Judge Derek Weimer (left) answers questions at UNL College of Law with Neleigh Korth, John Selzer, and Chris Johnson.
Law Day Essay Contest Asks About American’s Duty to Vote
The question was developed by leaders of the Foundation’s PEOPLE (Public Education Outreach Promoting Law & Equity) Committee and Nebraska’s Secretary of State, John Gale.
Photo: Chief Justice Heavican with Janice Walker at the 2011 Law Day Awards Luncheon
Law Day Job Shadowing Kicks Off for 2012
Minority Justice Committee to Gain National Spotlight
For more information on both items, click here to read the full press release.
2011 Reports Available
Judicial Branch Education
Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
Court Management Consultants Meet with County Courts
Photo: Lori Boyd (right) reviews Sarpy County Court's case files with consultants of National Center for State Courts during March visit.
Court Interpreter Project
Twenty-eight interpreter candidates attended. Languages represented included Spanish, Arabic, French, Somali, Karen, Farsi, Dari, Pasto, Swedish, and Danish. Orientation was led by federally-certified Spanish interpreters and educators Laura Garcia-Hein and Jeck Navarette.
Interpreters who attended the orientation and passed the written English comprehension exam will be eligible to take the oral exam for certification on May 4 and 5, 2012.
Interpreters attending this class may provide help to limited-English proficient court users across Nebraska. The variety of languages spoken by attendees will greatly enhance the pool of interpreters currently provided by the court. Currently, Nebraska registries have certified interpreters for only Spanish, Sign, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. In addition, Spanish interpreters attended from several out-state judicial districts where certified Spanish interpreters are critically needed.
Photo: Orientation attendees practice an exercise in interpreting at orientation on March 25, 2012.
Skillsbuilding Workshop Scheduled
Interpreter Skillsbuilding Workshops are scheduled April 21 and 22, 2012, in Omaha. Cost for the Skillsbuilding Workshop is $50 per day; $100 for both days. Times are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Space is limited.
Oral Exams for Certification
Click here for registration information for the offerings.
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.
Court Bench Book
Health Insurance/Open Enrollment
Upcoming Judicial Retirements
Paulette S. Johnson, Records Clerk, Box Butte County, effective March 12, 2012.
Jaqueline Janak, Records Clerk, Lancaster County, effective March 19, 2012.
Kylie Rader, Records Clerk, Hall County, effective March 19, 2012.
Amanda Wood, Records Clerk, Hall County, effective March 19, 2012.
New Probation Personnel
The Legal Aid A2J forms are provided as a service to low-income and other eligible Nebraskans to help them safeguard their legal rights and to understand their legal responsibilities. Most forms are designed for low income use only, but protection orders hold a unique status and can be used regardless of income. Courts do not determine income eligibility; eligibility is determined through the question/answer process on the Legal Aid Web site.
Read more: http://legalaidofnebraska.com/node/449
Pilot Project for an Online, Interactive Triage System
Regarding the Pro Se Committee’s working relationship with Nebraska Legal Aid, Judge Richard Sievers, Chair of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Committee on Implementation of Assistance to Pro Se Litigants, remarked:
Photo: Legal Aid of Nebraska Director, Dave Pantos, and Legal Aid Development Associate, Katie Mock, meet at Capitol
Irwin Named Co-Chair of Minority Justice Committee
Judicial Resources Commission
Click here to read the Minutes from the hearing.
Judicial Nominating Commissions Set Application Deadlines & Public Hearings
The Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will hold a public hearing on May 22, 2012. The vacancy is due to the retirement of the Honorable Jean A. Lovell effective May 1, 2012. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. Click here for full release.
The Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 4th Judicial District (consisting of Douglas County) will hold a public hearing on May 22, 2012. The vacancy is due to the retirement of the Honorable J. Patric Mullen effective June 1, 2012. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. Click here for full release.
Judicial Ethics Committee
12-2: May a judge’s spouse feature their co-owned residence gardens in a garden walk, the purpose of which is to raise funds for a local community theater?
12-3: May a person who has previously filed for election as a delegate to a county post primary political party convention and who by reason of the number of persons filing will automatically be certified by the election commissioner as an elected delegate avoid being in violation of the Nebraska Revised Code of Judicial Conduct upon seeking appointment to judicial office?
Judgment Interest Rate
Per Diem Rate
COOP Plans and Closing Due to Weather Policy
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.
Criminal Homicide Reporting Form
Rules for Comment
The Court invites interested persons to comment on these proposed amendments. Anyone desiring to comment on the amendments to the guidelines should do so in writing to the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln, NE 68509-8910, or via e-mail to email@example.com no later than June 1, 2012.
Comment Sought on S-36-120001 "Petition for a Rule Change to Create a Voluntary State Bar of Nebraska..."
Filing and Reporting Requirements
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican