Nebraska Chief Justice gives annual State of the Judiciary Address

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Friday, Chief Justice Mike Heavican gave the annual State of the Judiciary Address to lawmakers.

Chief Justice Heavican spoke to lawmakers about how technology has been a huge help during the pandemic.

“This year I report to you that our courts not only remained open but have adapted to the realities of the pandemic. Our judges indicate that case backlogs are minimal, data is supported by case management statistics. Few states have achieved such success,” said Chief Justice Heavican

During the address, Chief Justice Heavican says lawmakers need to work to extend high-speed broadband across Nebraska. Chief Justice Heavican also mentioned the courts have had trouble with hiring in court and probation offices. The courts have already implemented hiring and retention bonuses.

Douglas and Lancaster Counties have the most job openings in their courts but smaller counties feel the burden of being short workers as well.

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