Executive Summary of the Nebraska Supreme Court Strategic Agenda
Accomplishments for 2010-2012
While this document identifies significant accomplishments for the betterment of our court and probation system, it is only a condensed summary of goals achieved. It does not paint a true picture of the hard work that goes on in courthouses and offices in all 93 counties where court and probation services are delivered every day. On behalf of the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation, my thanks for all you do to contribute to the excellence of the Nebraska Judicial Branch. I look forward to your ongoing support, creativity, and effort in furthering the Supreme Court 2013-2015 Strategic Agenda and initiatives. -- Janice Walker, State Court Administrator
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Nebraska Hosts 24th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts
Recognizing the ever-changing landscape and the increasing challenges that face justice systems committed to achieving the promise of equality before the law, the purpose of the National Consortium is to bring together thought-leaders and delegates of state justice systems from around the country to share their collective knowledge about best practices within their court systems for achieving access and fairness.
Click here to read the conference report by committee co-chairs Judge John Irwin and Linda Crump.
Click here to view a 2-minute slide show of conference attendees.
2012 Nebraska Children’s Summit
This was the third Statewide Summit; the first was held in Nebraska City (2006) and the second summit was held in Grand Island (2009). The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Children, Families, and the Law manages the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative for the Nebraska Supreme Court.
During the Summit, judges were given copies of the new “Helping Babies Grow” video, coloring and comic books for use in court, children’s books, and other materials. Anyone needing materials should contact Melissa Townsend at email@example.com or call 402-472-3292.
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Click here to read the full media release.
Chief Justice Heavican Presents Nebraska Court Interpreter Luis Sanchez with “Friend of the Court” Award
“Luis Sanchez’s generous sharing of his time and talent has helped the Court provide certified Spanish interpreters to courts across the state through the On-Call Interpreter Program,” Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly explained. “With his help, the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation was able to develop and coordinate the On-Call Interpreter Program during a time when budget limitations would not have allowed us to provide the administrative support for the program in any other way.”
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Law Day Job Shadowing and Media Relations Showcased in
St. Louis at National Conference of Chief Justices
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Photo: Janet Bancroft and Doris Huffman are interviewed for podcast by National Center for State Courts' videographer.
Media and Appellate Court Roundtable
Judge Todd Hutton served as the discussion leader for the judges and Kevin O'Hanlon from the Lincoln Journal Star served as discussion leader for the media. Judge Hutton is the Chair of the Media Subcommittee and has coordinated numerous training sessions around the state.
Click here to view a slideshow of the session.
Court of Appeals Community Outreach: Arguments at Peru State College
Chief Judge Everett O. Inbody said, “The Nebraska Court of Appeals judges welcome this opportunity to visit Peru State College and the residents of Nemaha County. The invitation to hold our court sessions at the college provides us with a unique opportunity for community outreach in a wonderful setting. We look forward to meeting with students and college faculty alike.”
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Rededication of the Lincoln Monument
The Lincoln replica stands on a pedestal in front of a granite tablet engraved with the words of the Gettysburg address: "... we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Officers’ Week
During a special ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Heinemann signed and Lt. Governor Sheehy delivered a proclamation that lauded the work of probation and parole staff in their responsibilities for supervising adult and juvenile offenders in the community while upholding the law with dignity and recognizing the right of the public to be safe-guarded from criminal activity. Probation officials organized the ceremony under the direction of State Probation Administrator Ellen Fabian Brokofsky. Parole Administrator Cathy Gibson-Beltz, Director of Parole Administration, and Bob Houston, Director of the Department of Corrections, attended the ceremony representing parole and corrections officials; Judy Beutler, Deputy Court Administrator, attended on behalf of the AOC and judges.
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To read an article from the Omaha Daily Record, click here.
Photo: (Left to right) Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, State Probation Administrator; Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy; Robert Houston, Director, Department of Correctional Services; Deb Minardi, Deputy Probation Administrator; Steve Rowoldt, Deputy Probation Administrator; Bob Denton, Chief Probation Officer, Fremont; Cathy Gibson-Beltz, Administrator, Adult Parole Administration; Larry Wayne, Deputy Director, Programs & Community Services, Department of Correctional Services.
Judicial Branch Education
Trial Court Services
Court Bench Book
County Court Employees: Remember to Complete the Workload Survey
Please complete the survey by September 26, 2012. If you have questions, you may call Sheryl Connolly at 402-471-2671 or Judy Beutler at 402-471-2921.
Reminder to Check Email
Investiture of Judge Francie C. Riedmann
Judge Everett O. Inbody, Chief Judge of the Nebraska State Court of Appeals, opened the ceremony and officiated. Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy presented the Certificate of Appointment and Justice William B. Cassel of the Nebraska Supreme Court administered the Oath of Office.
Click here to view a slideshow of the Investiture.
Recipients of Charles Drew Health Center 2012 Community Service Award Named
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Minardi Elected to Board of Directors of APPA
Timothy C. Phillips, County Court, 3rd Judicial District, Lincoln, signed oath June 28, 2012.
Upcoming Judicial Retirements
New Court Personnel
New Probation Personnel
Electronic Publications Committee
The Committee was formed in order to explore the future of Nebraska appellate court opinion publications.
Supreme Court Technology Committees
Judicial Qualifications Commission
Interpreter Advisory Committee
Grand Jury Forms
Protection Order Updates
Judgment Interest Rate
Filing and Reporting Requirements
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican