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.
The Eighth Judicial District Court is currently accepting applications for a court recorder/transcriber. Resumes must be submitted to the attention of EJDC Human Resources manager Edward May via FAX at (702) 671-4560, or emailed at MayE@clarkcountycourts.us, or mailed/hand-delivered to the Regional Justice Center-District Court Administration, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155-1791 by 5 p.m. on December 15, 2016. Visit the court website news section for more information http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/media/releases/COURT%20RECORDER%20JOB%20ANNOUNCEMENT%20ASAP.pdf
|The Court Recorder is independently responsible for the recording of all court proceedings and actions. Incumbents must have a thorough knowledge of court practices and procedures in order to maintain logs and produce recordings and transcripts that are accurate and valid. This class is distinguished from other court support classes by its ongoing responsibility for the production of accurate records of all proceedings.|
The Eighth Judicial District Court is currently accepting applications for a Court Hearing Master. Resumes must be submitted to the attention of EJDC Human Resources manager Edward May via FAX at (702) 671-4560, or emailed at MayE@clarkcountycourts.us, or mailed/hand-delivered to the Regional Justice Center-District Court Administration, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155-1791 by 5 p.m. on December 7, 2016. Visit the court website news section for more information http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/media/releases/COURT%20HEARING%20MASTER%20JOB%20ANNOUNCEMENT%2011-30-16.pdf
This position will be assigned to the Chief Judge and responsible for hearing matters and rendering legal opinions and decisions in case law in the areas of Specialty Courts, including: Mental Health Court, Felony DUI Court, Veterans Court, Drug Court, and Civil Commitment Court. This position may also assist in other case types as assigned by the Chief Judge.
November 18, 2016 Veterans’ Court to recognize military service of those working to get their lives back on track
In honor of the Veterans’ Court graduation and the recently celebrated Veterans’ day, the Rancho High School Color Guard will present the flags of the five major branches of the armed services (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) to the Eighth Judicial District veterans’ court on Monday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in courtroom 3F at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. A ceremony will honor the military service of the veterans. The flags will remain on display in Presiding Specialty Court Judge Adriana Escobar’s courtroom.
Since Sept. 2012, the veterans’ treatment court has helped veterans who are facing criminal charges as a result of substance abuse. Veterans’ court is one of several Eighth Judicial District specialty courts that save millions of tax dollars by averting repeated incarcerations due to substance abuse offenses and related crimes. There are currently 32 active participants in veterans court and 48 graduates since 2012.
“We recently celebrated Veterans’ Day as a reminder of the sacrifices our military service people make. This flag ceremony acknowledges and respects their service and marks the achievement that our graduates make as they get their lives back on track,” said Judge Adriana Escobar who presides over the specialty courts.
The Eighth Judicial District Court recently received and began using a $1.4 million grant from the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) to work to end the cycle of addiction and crime through residential treatment for 80 participants, including veterans. There is a desperate need for residential substance abuse and mental health treatment in Clark County. Residential treatment with wraparound services offers judges a viable sentencing alternative to jail-time. It is an approach that has proven to have better outcomes than punitive sentencing.
Veterans’ courts are hybrid drug and mental health courts that use the drug court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts and agencies including the Veterans Administration, the Las Vegas and Henderson veterans’ centers and Choices Group.
Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports: “nationwide, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. Drug courts reduce crime as much as 35 percent more than other sentencing options.”
The upcoming Family Bench Bar Meeting on November 17 at noon, in courtroom 9 at Family Court 601 N. Pecos Road, will give attorneys the latest insight on what’s new for 2017. In addition to announcements and updates, an overview of Promise One and the Annual Family Law conference will be given. Discussion topics will include transgender and the law, and proper courtroom decorum. The Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer of the Month will be recognized. Attorneys are also invited to weigh in during the open forum. The Bench Bar meetings are a great way to raise issues, address questions and network. There will be no Family Bench Bar meeting in December.
Competition was fierce at the first ever Chili Wars to benefit the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Attorney Jason Stoffel took first place with his secret chili recipe called Yodalicious. Second place went to The Rabid Beans by Frank Preuss the department J marshal. The runner-up came from the Red Hot Chili Preppers submitted by Lorien Cole. The honor of people’s choice went to The Rabid Beans. It was a perfect night for the outdoor event that included delicious food and music. Word is, the competition will heat up even more next time around. Thanks to all who entered, attended and helped to make this event a success.
Chili Wars Battle of the beans to benefit the Legal Aid Center of Southern NV will jump off tonight Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Bogey’s Bar & Grill, 7770 W. Ann Road with food, fun, raffles and more.