Judge Instituting New Procedures to Address Case Backlog

BEATRICE –  A Gage County District Judge has begun making procedural changes that have worked in other counties, to help expedite a large caseload in the 1st Judicial District.

Judge Rick Schreiner is handling rights advisories with more than one defendant at a time….and allowing defendants and their attorneys to file written pleas or motions.   Judge Schreiner says the goal is to save resources by reducing time in court, while still preserving the rights of the accused.  He spoke of the changes in discussion with a defendant’s attorney this morning.

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Defendants, through their attorneys are given the option of entering a written or oral plea on charges filed against them.

During Wednesday morning hearings, Jarod Hicks entered not guilty pleas to charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.  Jessica Cutshall pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing methamphetamine and a drug paraphernalia infraction.

Kevin Williams and Brandon Hatfield were entering written pleas of not guilty in their cases.   The judge granted new hearing dates for two defendants not able to appear in court, this morning.