Updates from the Nebraska Judicial Branch.
State of Nebraska

Civil Justice Reform Committee Named by Nebraska Supreme Court

The Nebraska Supreme Court has formed a Civil Justice Reform Committee with Justice Jonathan Papik serving as chairperson. The committee, which is housed within the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, will analyze the civil justice system in Nebraska and consider methods for improvement.  In particular, the committee will consider recommendations made by the national Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators to make state justice systems more innovative and cost-effective.

“Many state court systems all around the country are taking a hard look at their civil justice systems and considering whether the system can be made to run more efficiently, both in terms of cost and time,” stated Justice Papik. “I am looking forward to working with this committee to do the same in Nebraska.”

Committee members include:

Justice Johnathan Papik, Chairperson
Judge Ryan Carson, District Court
Judge James Doyle, District Court
Timothy Engler, Attorney
Renee Eveland, Attorney
Judge Thomas Harmon, County Court 
Troy Hawk, Clerk of the District Court
Senator Mike Hilgers
Judge Darla Ideus, District Court
Amie Martinez, Attorney
Jane Martin-Hoffman, Mediator
Carole McMahon-Boies, Attorney Services Division
Milo Mumgaard, Legal Aid of Nebraska  
Ron Murtaugh, Judicial Administrator
Prof. Kevin Ruser, UNL College of Law
Andrew Sibbernsen, Attorney
Corey Steel, Nebraska State Court Administrator
Judge Derek Vaughn, County Court
James Welsh, Attorney
Judge Horacio Wheelock, District Court

Judicial Resources to Hold March 8 Public Hearing

The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 8, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska. The purpose of the hearing is to determine, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 24-1204 and 1206, whether judicial vacancies exist in the office of county court of the 4th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Lawrence E. Barrett, effective January 31, 2019, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.

The public hearing will be conducted by telephone conference from the Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska. Only members of the commission may attend the hearing by telephone conference call.

Any member of the public wishing to present oral testimony before the Judicial Resources Commission may do so by attending the public hearing in Room 1510 of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska. Any member of the public wishing to present written testimony or other pertinent information to the commission may do so by mailing it to the commission Chair no later than March 1, 2019, at the following address: State Capitol Building, Room 2219, Lincoln, NE 68509, or e-mailing it to:

Current Commission members are:

Honorable Stephanie F. Stacy, Chair   
Stephen Bader, Bellevue Honorable Anne M. Paine, McCook
Charles E. Conrad, Hastings Robert J. Parker, Hastings 
William Dittrick, Omaha Brian Phares, North Platte
Timothy R. Engler, Lincoln Honorable John E. Samson, Blair 
Coby Mach, Lincoln

Lori Scherer, Beemer

Michael J. McCarthy, North Platte

Robert Slovek, Omaha

Christopher Nielsen, Omaha Darlene Starman, Lincoln
Honorable Robert B. O’Neal, Papillion Jacqueline Tessendorf, Columbus

For special accommodations relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call (402) 471-3730. For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call the Nebraska Relay System at 711.

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