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      Judicial Commission to Hold Hearing Concerning Judicial Vacancies

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      The state Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11 to determine whether or not changes need to be made in judicial boundaries and vacancies to maintain balance in court caseloads.

      The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln. Any member ofthe public is entitled to attend the Nebraska Judicial Resources Commissionhearing in Room 1507 of the State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska, and present,either orally or in writing, any pertinent information concerning the existenceof a judicial vacancy.

      The group will consider whether a new judgeship is needed in any judicialdistrict or if a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district. They will also considerthe judicial district boundaries and if the number of judicial districtsshould be changed for the district or county courts.

      The commission shall alsoexamine current caseload statistics and make any appropriate recommendationsfor the more balanced use of existing judicial resources.

      They will also decide whether, basedon the judicial workload statistics, if a newcounty judge of the 12th Judicial District is needed. The office is vacant after the retirement of theHonorable Charles Plantz became effective December 31, 2011.

      Following thehearing, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Legislature of itsdetermination.

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