Lancaster County District Court Judge Retiring at End of Month


John A. Colborn
By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

A long-serving judge on the Lancaster County District Court will step down at the end of the month to begin his retirement.

John A. Colborn, a judge of the District Court for the 3rd Judicial District, will retire Oct. 31, the Nebraska Judicial Branch announced.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska as a district court judge for the last 20 years,” Colborn told Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts in his notice of resignation. “It has been a pleasure working with the dedicated judges of the District Court of Lancaster County.”

Colborn’s legacy includes playing a key role in the creation of the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court. When he worked as a deputy county attorney, he chaired the team that designed Lincoln’s inaugural adult drug court, and Colborn also co-authored the grant that allowed the establishment of the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court. 

In 2015, Colborn was awarded the Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System for his leadership on the Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee and his active planning of district judge education sessions, according to the Nebraska Judicial Branch. Colborn is a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow, a selection by colleagues in the legal profession based on integrity and character.

“Colborn is well known in the education field as having dedicated his full career (to) supporting the Nebraska High School Mock Trial program. He has served as a regional coordinator and program-promoter throughout his time on the bench,” according to a news release.

Colborn has served on the court since 2000. The Judicial Resources Committee will determine whether his retirement creates a vacancy.

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