As a court employee, I often get the question, “how do I get out of jury duty?” Those who really have a hardship can get out of serving. But those who just don’t feel like serving could be missing out on an experience that is not only interesting, but might help them navigate the law in their own lives. We might be better off using reverse psychology and telling people that only a very special, select group of people get to serve; then, everyone would want to serve. Most judges have a story about a potential juror who tried to get out of serving and then ended up really liking the experience.
At District Court, we get tours from judges and court employees from around the world including: China, Russia and the Ukraine. They don’t use juries; but, they are definitely interested in the American system of jury trials. Our justice system is respected and viewed as a model worldwide. Jury trials are one of the many rights guaranteed by the Constitution that make the United States exceptional.
Bethany Barnes with the Las Vegas Sun interviewed judges and got a sample of the excuses people use to skate out on jury duty http://lasvegassun.com/news/2014/feb/28/dog-ate-my-summons-and-other-unique-excuses-get-ou/.
Family Court is now accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Pro Tem Hearing Masters in Domestic Violence/TPO, Child Support/Paternity, Mental Commitment, Guardianship, Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency, Discovery and Truancy Courts. This recruitment occurs on a regular basis to insure that trained attorneys are available to assist the Court in those roles. Anyone who is interested is required to submit an application, whether they have previously served as a Pro Tem Hearing Master or not. Applications from interested attorneys are due on or before March 28, 2014.
Attorneys who apply should be aware that specific training will be required of any who are selected, prior to sitting as a Pro Tem Hearing Master. They should also be aware of opinions of the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices which would affect them, including Opinions JE 99-004 and JE 04-003.
Those who are interested in applying for the first time, or in continuing to serve as a pro tem, should contact Angelica Baltier at email@example.com or 455-4622 to receive an application.
Following the due date, applications will be reviewed and selections made. It is possible that more individuals than the number necessary will apply. Thus, applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted and, if accepted, when their training will occur.
Six judges were in attendance for the Dec. 10 Civil Bench Bar meeting. Recent Supreme Court decisions were a prominent topic. Lawyers who are looking to use Power Point presentations in cases were advised to look at 59703 – Watters v. State another opinion of particular interest 55817 Perez V. State http://supreme.nvcourts.gov/ . Judge Kenneth Cory will be taking on the docket from the outlying areas. A civil case reassignment to distribute Judge Cory’s civil caseload will be effective Jan. 4. The next Civil Bench Bar will be Jan. 14 at 12:05 p.m.
An Adult Guardianship Bench Bar meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 29 at the Public Guardian’s office on 515 Shadow Lane from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Attendance is free. Attorneys get two free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
Court and legal professionals will come together this Saturday, Aug. 27 for the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Annual Community Law Day at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 J St. from 9 a.m. to noon. Legal professionals will be on hand to provide assistance with sealing criminal records. View the below link for all the details.
August 17, 2016 Judges, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys invited to get overview of new evidence-based tool coming to Nevada courts to aid with pre-trial release decisions
Nevada courts are rolling out a new evidence-based tool to aid Judges in making pre-trial release decisions. Training sessions for attorneys have been set up to demonstrate how the tool will be utilized and to address questions on Thursday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., and again on Friday, August 19 at 9 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers. A training session for Judges will be held on Friday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. also in the County Commission Chambers.
A Supreme Court Commission led by Justice Hardesty, has been working to establish the use of the evidence-based tool to facilitate pre-trial detention or bail decisions in Nevada courts. The commission is made up of Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and other Nevada criminal justice professionals and has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
The pre-trial tool will be implemented as a pilot-project in certain Clark County courts, as well as in Washoe county and some rural jurisdiction courts. The sessions are open to all attorneys and Judges working in Clark County’s Municipal, Justice and District Courts and everyone is encouraged to attend.
August 16, 2016 19 people swear as CASA volunteers to ensure needs of 48 abused and neglected children are heard
Friends and family brought flowers and came to show their support for the newest group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who took an oath to speak up for abused and neglected children at a swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The CEO of the Nevada Donor Network attended in show of support for an employee who was a new volunteer for CASA. Speaking up for our community’s most vulnerable is definitely something of which to be proud. There are currently more than 357 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for foster children in our community. Many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the nearly 3,500 children receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Last year, more than 900 children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, and deal with school challenges and home life. The goal is to get a volunteer to be a voice for every foster child.
The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, family team meetings, and in court. Volunteering for the program involves a two-year commitment and a willingness to spend quality time with the children to advocate for them.
For those interested in volunteering with CASA, monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of each month to provide more information about the program. Upcoming orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.
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Attorneys who practice family law are invited to attend the Family Bench Bar meeting on Aug. 11 at noon in courtroom 9 at the Family Court, 601N. Pecos Road.
The agenda will include the following:
Administrative Announcements (Presiding Judge Hoskin) – This is when Judge Hoskin reveals the latest happenings in the Family Division, tells what’s in the pipeline and what the latest buzz is.
Promise One (Corinne Price, Esq.)
Ask and Answer
Next Bench-Bar Meeting Nov. 17, 2016
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August 9, 2016 District Court Guide And File Website Recognized As One Of Nation’s Top 10 Court Technology Solutions
The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Guide and File system made the list of the top-10 court technology solutions as named by the National Association for Court Management (NACM). The honor was announced for Guide and File at this year’s Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Award, during the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburg, PA. The awards are given each year to courts that make the best use of web technology to improve court services and access to public records.
Guide and File offers an online portal at the Self-Help Centers that guides self-represented litigants through the filing process with a tailored menu of questions and through automated court forms generated based on their responses. Completed forms get filed into the court case management systems. Guide and File simplifies what can be a challenging process.
“I commend the work of our court staff and the legal service organizations that helped to develop and fine-tune the Guide and File system,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker.” Getting national recognition for this system is affirmation that our focus on technology is paying dividends in enhanced service to those who access the court.”
The system incorporates electronic, interactive interviews for a variety of case types – including several types of divorce, fee waiver, name change, protection order, and petition to disburse money. The online interviews were developed by court staff in conjunction with local legal services organizations (Civil Law Self Help Center and the Family Law Self Help Center). The technology platform is Tyler’s Odyssey® Guide and File product, which makes it easy to author interviews and to customize interviews created by other jurisdictions that conform to the rules of our court. This system can be accessed by self-represented litigants via the Self-Help Center websites and kiosks.
“I’m really excited about the future of this technology. We’re only touching the tip of the iceberg on the opportunities to provide this level of interaction and access to the court, “said District Court Chief Executive Officer Steve Grierson.
The National Association for Court Management, housed in Williamsburg, Va., at the National Center for State Courts, is a membership organization formed in 1985 to help court managers improve their proficiency while working with colleagues to improve the administration of justice. With more than 1,700 members in the United States and several other countries, NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world. Entries are considered by a six-judge panel composed of court officials with a varying range of experience. In groups of three, the judges independently evaluate each website on a scale of 1 to 10. Criteria include such measures as access to public records, ease of navigation, use of multimedia, and interactive capabilities. Scores are then combined, and the top ten scorers become the award winners.
Attorneys in civil practice are invited to escape the heat, grab a bite and pick up tips to improve their practice at the Civil Bench Bar Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:05 p.m. in District Court courtroom 15C at the Regional Justice Center. Changes that will occur as a result of new Justice Court civil case thresholds were discussed at the July Bench Bar.
On the Agenda is a Review of July NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:
- Golden Road Motor Inn, Inc. (Atlantis) v. Islam, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 49 (July 21, 2016) (4-3) (38-page decision)
- Khoury v. Seastrand, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 52 (July 28, 2016) [5-1(concurring)] (31-page decision)
- Humboldt General Hospital v. District Court, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 53 (July 28, 2016)
- Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. Rodriguez, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 55 (July 28, 2016)(7-0)
The committee is open to new suggestions and issues of concern to bar members. The Civil Bench Bar is designed to bring the judiciary and members of the bar together to discuss ways to improve the processing and handling of civil matters. All members of the bar are welcome.