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Info about the Eighth Judicial District Court.

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/.

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Image              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 baltiera@clarkcountycourts.us 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.

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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.

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The Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas has grown in beauty and evolved. Family and friends have poured their heavy hearts into beautiful tributes to their lost loved ones as they try to cope with their loss.

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Healing Garden in Las Vegas

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Nevada Attorney General speaks from heart link: https://youtu.be/ZviGPVaa1mY

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke from the heart and got “vulnerable” with 36 specialty court grads about going from tough times and tough neighborhoods to being the top law enforcement officer for the state. He spoke about challenges he faced and overcame to achieve success. The attorney general said, “We all make mistakes,” later adding, “Some of us make bad decisions.” After sharing his own challenges he said, “You have been given an opportunity through these programs to reintegrate into our society; and as you do that you can accomplish goals.”

The graduates included those from veterans’, mental health, felony DUI, adult drug court, the transitional age program, the OPEN program, and drug court were individually recognized by their presiding judge with a certificate of completion, a special graduation coin and cake. Each of the grads have successfully completed an intensive treatment program aimed at addressing the root-causes of addiction.

Four veterans were included in the graduates. The graduates each received a Quilt of Valor from the Las Vegas chapter of the organization. The Quilt of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003, by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts from her sewing room. The local chapter of Quilt of Valor meets the second Friday of the month at 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 105 to make the quilts. Volunteers are always welcome; no quilting experience is necessary. For more information call 702-357-0377.

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.

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The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court is accepting application for a specialty courts coordinator. The closing date for application is Sept. 17, 2019 at 5:01 p.m.

The job requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavior Sciences or a related field AND two (2) years of full-time experience in the direct provision of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment services. Applicants must possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment. Must possess a valid license or internship as CADC or LADC in the State of Nevada. If interested, please CLICK HERE to visit the Clark County Website to apply.

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A Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order was filed yesterday in the case of Clark County School District vs. Clark County Education Association. An order shortening time hearing is set for Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Mark Denton.

Temporary Restraining Order link: CCSDInjunction8_26_19 

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District Court Family Division Judge Linda Marquis quashed 131 warrants at an annual child support super Saturday event on Aug. 10. In recognition of child support awareness month, the Clark County District Attorney’s Family Support Division (DAFS) coordinated the event to improve engagement and relationships with those involved with the child support program and to handle outstanding child support issues favorably.

More than 850 people attended the event to take advantage of a variety of child support related services presented in a one-stop-shop format.

  • 131 bench warrants were quashed with reduced fees paid
  • 150 driver’s licenses were reinstated with child support payment
  • 97 customers attended the ask-a-lawyer sessions
  • 60 customers were served at the order modification workshop
  • 20 customers received services from DAFS social workers
  • 11 customers were referred to the Access/Visitation Mediation Program
  • $62,825 in past due child support was collected
  • 428 staff-donated backpacks filled with school supplies were given to parents and their children

Quashing warrants and eliminating other barriers associated with unpaid child support is believed to be an effective way to help those struggling to meet child support obligation to get on track.

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In a 24-page finding of fact and conclusion of law Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued an Order today in the Serenity Wellness Center vs. State of Nevada Department of Taxation case regarding the issue of marijuana licences.

Link to Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez’s ruling:

A-786962 Serenity v NV DoTA-786962 Serenity v NV DoT

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There have been significant rule changes in the Nevada Eighth Judicial Court. Clark County family lawyers can get current on the recent District Court rules changes at Thursday family law Bench-Bar Meeting this Thursday, August 15 at noon in courtroom 9 at Family Court, 601 North Pecos Road.  Attorneys will also have the opportunity to meet newly appointed Judge Rhonda Forsberg.  The Legal Aid Center pro bono volunteer of the month will also be awarded at the Family Bench-Bar.

Family Bench-Bar meetings offer the latest news on the District Court Family Division, get questions addressed and network.

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