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Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty and District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell issued Administrative Order 21-05 that reinstates the mask mandate at all court facilities to address the concerning rise of coronavirus cases.

The order provides an overview of how the court is moving forward as virus numbers rise, and the message is clear: masks are back for everyone.

For the health and safety of all members of the public must wear face coverings that cover their noses and mouths. Face coverings must be worn at all times while in any Court facility and while in any security screening line to enter a Court facility. “Court facilities” include the Regional Justice Center, the Family Court building, District Court courtrooms and office space on the tenth and eleventh floors of the Phoenix building, District Court courtroom and office space in the Greystone building and District Court office space in the Clark Place building.

All District Court judges and employees must cover their noses and mouths with face coverings while at work unless they are alone in unshared work space. This includes all common areas of any facility as well as parking lots, back hallways, employee-only elevators, shared restrooms and break rooms. All attorneys, vendors, and employees of any organization or entity who work in a Court facility must cover their noses and mouths with face coverings while in any common areas of the facilities. Common areas include, but are not limited to, security screening, lobby areas. Public elevators, employee elevators, shared back hallways, public restrooms and courtrooms. This includes, but is not limited to, employees of Las Vegas Justice Court, Legal Aid Self-Help Centers, Clark County Clerk’s Main Office, Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Clark County Public Defender’s Office, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Clark County Department of Family Services, and contract counsel. Employees of other organization or entities with space in Court facilities are subject to the policies of their individual employers while in their own organization’s work space. Children under the age of two and individuals who are unable to remove the face covering without assistance do not have to comply with the above-referenced face covering directives. Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering should make arrangements to appear by alternative means.

Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times. Face coverings with vents bandanas, or face coverings made out of mesh are not permitted. Face shields may be worn with a mask as added protection, but may not be worn alone. Face coverings must be worn regardless of vaccination status.

The order takes effect immediately.

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Fee payment for the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada is now available online. Payment can be made on the court website https://payments.clarkcountycourts.us/. Prompts guide users through the payment process using a Visa, MasterCard or e-check. There is a service fee of 2.6 percent for credit card payments.

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New Administrative Order 21-04 continues the District Court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For purposes of clarity and to avoid confusion, this order supersedes AO 20-01 through 20-13, 20-16, 20-17, 20-22, 20-23, 20-24, and 21-03.  Any portions of those orders that remain in effect are included in this order.  AO 20-14 (the process for electronic processing of search warrants) remains in effect.  Except where otherwise noted, this order takes effect upon filing.

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Scammers are at it again, frightening their potential victims with jail time if they don’t pay up for missing jury duty. The scam callers sound official. They offer a police sergeant’s name, badge and phone number. They use real judges’ names to give their bogus stories credibility. This time the scammers claim the unsuspecting victim has outstanding warrants due to failure to appear for jury duty. They threaten victims that they need to pay-up or be criminally charged.

Similar scams have made the rounds in our community before. The schemes are attempted via telephone, mail or e-mail.  They frequently ask victims to purchase pre-paid credit cards. They target vulnerable populations such as senior citizens.

“We want to get the word out to the community about this latest scam and ask everyone to warn friends and family. The court never solicits money on the telephone,” said District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell. “I encourage those who receive suspicious calls with demands for money to clear warrants to report them to law enforcement.”

The District Court website offers information on jury service at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/juror-information/index.html. Those who have received a summons can reschedule jury service online at https://ejuror.clarkcountycourts.us. A jury phone line is also available at 702-455-4472 (callers should remain on the line for the operator).

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The Eighth Judicial District Court (EJDC) of Nevada will resume jury trials Feb. 1 with an extensive plan in place that involves air purification, rapid testing, social distance measures throughout the process, plexiglass partitions and other precautions in place to keep jurors, judges, attorney and other trial participants socially distant and compliant with the Center for Disease Control guidelines.  A live video stream of trials will be available on the court website home page http://www.clarkcountycourts.us.  Jury trials have been suspended since March 14, after Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency in Nevada in response to outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

“District Court is committed to safely resuming jury trials in Clark County in order to fulfill the court’s responsibility of providing fair and timely administration of justice,” said Chief Judge Linda Bell. “We worked closely  with several entities, including Clark County, University Medical Center (UMC), the State of Nevada’s Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) to develop and implement  a very comprehensive plan that enables the court to resume its in-person jury operation in a manner that protects those who participate in the jury trial process during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The EJDC plan is designed to conduct in-person jury trials by taking every reasonable precaution that has been recommended by community health care professionals including:

· The Jury Commissioner will mail a letter accompanying jury summonses advising all prospective jurors of the COVID-19 safety protocols contained in this plan. The letter will further include an advisement regarding the availability of a hardship deferral or excusal for COVID-19 related reasons. Prospective jurors who are experiencing symptoms, feeling sick, or have been exposed to COVID-19 will be advised to not report for jury duty. Prospective jurors who are considered high risk, such as persons 65 years of age or older, or persons with underlying medical conditions which place the person at risk will be eligible for a deferral.   

· The Jury Commissioner will summons a reduced number of citizens to field a sufficient amount of jurors for a venire not to exceed 55 prospective jurors at any one time. Summons reporting trends will be monitored with adjustments made as needed.

· A new standard supplemental questionnaire will be added questionnaire will seek information to help shorten the jury selection process by allowing the court and counsel to pre-screen prospective jurors for issues related to undue hardship, extreme inconvenience, and overall fitness to serve. The supplemental questionnaire will include COVID-19 questions that will allow prospective jurors to reflect on whether they believe they can safely serve as a juror.

· All jurors, witnesses, and trial participants entering the courthouse will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in the building except when eating or drinking during breaks. Personal cloth face coverings and surgical masks will be allowed. If an individual does not have a face covering upon entry the marshals will provide one at no cost. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and the mouth and may not have vents. Additionally, while face shields are permissible, they must be worn in conjunction with a face covering.

· Before entering the jury room, each prospective juror will undergo a temperature check and answer the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved COVID-19 screening questions. Prospective jurors will be checked-in by jury services staff and then be seated on socially distanced chairs in the jury room. Appropriate facial coverings must be required to be worn continuously at all times. A maximum of 55 persons will be allowed in the jury room at one time. Hand sanitizer stations will be available for use by all trial participants throughout the jury room and courthouse, as will other PPE such as disposable masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies. 

· District Court trials in the Regional Justice Center will only be conducted in re-configured courtrooms that are capable of accommodating six feet of social distancing between trial participants. Physical modifications will include removing barriers to create more open space. In areas where six feet of social distancing is not practical, such as the judge’s bench, witness stand, counsel tables, and court staff desks, Plexiglas physical dividers will be installed.

· Additional video monitors, microphones, and other forms of technology will be added to ensure trial participants can clearly see and hear the proceeding. If microphones are used, they will either be disinfected after each use, or the court will use disposable microphone covers.

Consistent with the recommendations from our health care partners, the court will work with Clark County Real Property Management to take additional measures including:

· Enhance the air quality and air disinfection within the courthouse.

· Enhance the environmental sanitation in the Regional Justice Center.

· Increasing porter services throughout the day to continuously disinfect high touch surfaces i.e. (elevator buttons, escalator handrails, restroom spaces, etc.), and providing individual antibacterial cleaning wipes for all trial participants to wipe high touch areas during breaks to increase frequency and surface cleaning.

· Enhance Regional Justice Center’s infection controls. This will include, replacing cloth chairs with cleanable material, adding hand sanitizer stations at all entrances with greater than 60 percent alcohol, adding plexiglass dividers, additional signage to encourage hand washing and symptoms review, and admonishment to jurors not to attend large gatherings during trial. 

· Seated jurors will be provided the option to have a clear face shield to wear in addition to their masks for added protection.  They will also receive a new, unused notepad and a new, unused pen. The jurors will leave the pen and pad at their seats during breaks/evenings. 

· Defense counsel will be provided a headset system to have private, confidential communication with their client and maintain social distancing.

· Trial exhibits may only be submitted electronically, unless otherwise permitted by the trial judge. If paper or physical evidence is determined to be necessary, disposable gloves must be used by all trial participants.

· Judges will move to an alternative location where social distancing may be maintained and a record may be made for any discussions required outside the presence of the jury.

· Jury deliberation rooms in the courthouse will not be used at this time due to their limited size. Instead, jury deliberations will be conducted in the courtroom or an adjacent courtroom where jurors can be safely socially distanced.

· Juror meals provided by the court during trial will be individually prepared meals, rather than buffet style to reduce the risk of exposure.  

· District Court IT will provide live streaming access to any open public trial proceeding. No in-person spectators will be permitted in the courtroom. At any time during trial, the judge may order live streaming to be turned to audio only should it be deemed necessary for the safety and security of a witness. 

The EJDC and UMC have entered into a COVID-19 Testing Services Agreement. This agreement will provide onsite COVID-19 rapid testing to all trial participants, including jurors, attorneys, and court personnel, who are developing symptoms during a trial or to those who report a potential exposure and a corresponding action plan.

This is the direct link to the Eighth Judicial District Court (EJDC) of Nevada COVID-19 jury trial plan https://eighthjdcourt.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/ejdc-covid-19-jury-trial-plan_public.pdf

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District Court Administrative Order 20-24, effective November 24, 2020, continues the District Court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows the business of the Court to go forward safely. Administrative Order 20-17 remains in effect, except as modified by this Administrative Order.   This Administrative Order supersedes Administrative Orders 20-22 and 20-23, so that the operative orders for the District Court related to the pandemic are currently Administrative Order 20-17 and this Order, 20-24.

The court’s COVID-19 protocols can be found in AO 20-24 and AO 20-17. Highlights of the safety measures in AO-24 include:

1. All appearances through Jan. 11 must be by alternative means unless the assigned judge determines there is some extraordinary circumstances  that require a personal appearance.

2. Jury trials are suspended until Jan. 11.

3. The Clerk’s Office will remain closed to in-person filing until Jan. 11.

4. An order that requires masks at all times in court facilities will remain in effect.

5. No in-person meetings are to be conducted.

6. Family Mediation Center will be handling mediations remotely and rescheduling child interviews and child/parent observations until after Jan. 11.

7. Donna’s House will remain open by appointment only, but will need to operate at 25 percent capacity or less.

8. Self-help centers are closed to in-person assistance. The Civil Legal Aid Self-Help Center can be reached at 702-671-3976 or flshcinfo@lacsn.org on Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For assistance from the Family Law Self-Help Center call 702-455-1500 or visit slshcinfo@lacswww.FamilyLawSelfHelpCenter.orgn.org on Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9. Hearings on Jan. 4 and Jan 5 should be moved, except initial arraignment court, TPO, and dependency and delinquency matters to conduct move operations.  

Appearances by Alternative Means Required

Effective November 25, 2020 through January 11, 2021, due to restrictions on entrants to the Court facilities and to reduce the potential for the spread of infection, appearances by alternative means are required by all lawyers and litigants, with the exception of in-custody defendants appearing in the Lower Level Arraignment Courtroom.  This includes all case types.  No in-person appearances shall be made by lawyers or litigants unless the assigned District Court Judge or Hearing Master determines that there is an extraordinary circumstance requiring a personal appearance.

Video appearance is strongly preferred over other methods of appearance by alternative means, and required in criminal, dependency, and delinquency cases unless prevented by technological issues.  Lawyers representing indigent clients are urged to provide assistance to clients who do not have the independent ability to appear by alternative means.

Attorneys, parties, and witnesses are reminded that alternative means still constitutes a court appearance and attire should remain professional and court appropriate.  Also, for the safety of the community and for the quality of the audio recording, no appearances by alternative means should be made while driving.

Mandatory Face Coverings Required at All Times

In keeping with the Governor’s announcement and the policy of Clark County, all District Court judges and employees are required to wear face coverings at all times while in the workplace except while eating or drinking during breaks. This includes all areas of court facilities, including parking lots.  Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times.  Face coverings must comply with CDC guidelines and coverings with vents or made out of mesh are not permitted.  Face shields may be worn with a mask as added protection, but may not be worn alone.

This Administrative Order modifies the mandatory face covering provisions found in AO 20-17. Administrative Order 20-17 previously allowed district court employees to not wear a face covering if they worked alone in an unshared workspace.

The provisions of Administrative Order 20-17 requiring all attorneys, vendors and employees of any organization or entity who work in a Court facility to wear face coverings at all times while in any common areas of the facility remain in effect.   Common areas include, but are not limited to, security screening, lobby areas, public elevators, employee elevators, shared back hallways, public restrooms, and courtrooms.

In-Person Meetings Suspended Until January 11, 2021

Until January 11, 2021, outside of individual departments, no in-person gatherings or meetings may be held to discuss court business. Meetings include, but are not limited to: judges meetings; executive committee meetings; bench-bar meetings; any meetings with community partners; specialty court staffing; specialty court graduations; administrative department meetings; continuing education meetings; and meetings of any judges and/or hearing masters within a particular case assignment. Meetings should go forward, but must be conducted by telephone, teleconference, videoconference, or other alternative means.

Clerk’s Office Remains Closed to In-Person Filing

For the safety of the clerks and to minimize building traffic, the  District Court Clerk’s Offices at both the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court remain closed for in-person filings until further notice.

Filings must be completed electronically.  For self-represented litigants who do not have the ability to electronically file documents, documents may be mailed as follows:

District Court Civil/Criminal Division Attn: Clerk’s Office Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89155

District Court Family Division Attn: Clerk’s Office, Family Court 601 N. Pecos Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89155

The Clerk’s Office shall maintain a safety protocol for clerks tasked with opening mail and handling paper documents. Other than mail, no paper documents will be accepted by the Court. Call (702) 455-4472 with questions regarding filing. 

Depositions

No in-person depositions shall proceed prior to January 11, 2021 unless the parties and witness agree for the deposition to go forward in-person or by order of the court obtained after filing a motion demonstrating an extraordinary circumstance warranting the need for an in-person deposition. 

Hearings and Bench Trials

Hearings of all sorts, including evidentiary hearings, in all case types should proceed through use of alternative means.

Bench trials in all case types should go forward as outlined in AO 20-17 as long as the trial may be accomplished by the use of alternative means.  Appearances by witnesses, parties, and lawyers must be by alternative means unless the District Court Judge finds that (1) a personal appearance by an individual is necessary to conduct the proceeding and (2) extraordinary circumstances require the proceeding to go forward at this time.

Formatting of Electronic Signature Block for Proposed Orders

Proposed orders sent to a department’s inbox as outlined in AO 20-17 need only include a blank line for the judge’s signature, e.g. _____________________.  Orders do not need a date, judge’s name, or judge’s title. Sufficient space should be allowed above and below the signature line for the judge’s signature and the electronic stamp including date, title, and name of the judge.

Jury Trials Suspended Until January 11, 2021

By way of AO 20-23, jury trials currently scheduled to begin prior to November 30, 2020, were continued. All District Court jury trials, including short jury trials, remain continued through January 11, 2021.

Once trials resume, the District Court’s COVID-19 Jury Trial Plan for safely resuming trials will remain in effect. 

January 4 and 5, 2021 Matters Continued

The District Court is facing a massive case reassignment to accommodate twenty-two new judges beginning on January 4. As a result, no hearings will be scheduled for January 4 or January 5, 2021 other than criminal arraignment court, TPO, child dependency or delinquency, or matters deemed to be an emergency by the assigned judge. Any hearings currently set on those days must be rescheduled.

CIVIL MATTERS

Subpoenas

Attorneys no longer must obtain advance approval from the discovery commissioner to issue subpoenas under NRCP 45. The subpoena provision found in AO 20-17 is rescinded. Attorneys are reminded to notice and provide a copy of the subpoena to other parties before service under NRCP 45(a)(4)(A). The District Court expects attorneys to cooperate when there are difficulties in obtaining documents due to issues arising from COVID-19.

CRIMINAL MATTERS

Grand Jury Proceeding Suspended Until January 11, 2021

The three currently existing grand juries will remain and are not excused. To complete presentments in process, the grand juries will meet the week of November 30, 2020.  Grand jury proceedings are suspended from December 7, 2020 until January 11, 2021.    

DOMESTIC MATTERS

Family Mediation Center

The Family Mediation Center will discontinue in-person mediations and provide mediation services via telephone or other alternative means until January 11, 2020.  All child interviews and parent-child observations will be continued until after January 11, 2020.

Donna’s House

Donna’s House may continue providing supervised visitation, supervised custody exchanges and other in-person services by appointment only.  Donna’s House must continue to follow protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons, including ensuring occupancy does not exceed twenty-five percent of capacity.  

Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

Through January 11, 2021, CASA must hold all trainings, orientations, and other meetings by telephone or through alternative means. 

COURT FACILITIES

Regional Justice Center

The District Court maintains responsibility for security in the RJC. In that regard, the District Court has serious concerns about the health and safety of people entering the building, particularly in regard to the number of people entering the building during morning hours. Our co-tenants are strongly encouraged to consider alternatives to reduce the number of people entering the building including allowing/requiring appearances by alternative means, expanding court times/days, continuing non-essential cases, having employees work from home where possible, or any other means that may reduce building numbers. The District Court remains willing to assist however possible in these efforts.

Self-Help Centers

The Family Law Self-Help Center located at Family Court and the Civil Law Self-Help Center located at the Regional Justice Center will stop providing in-person services to the public. All services will be provided via telephone, email, and other alternative means. 

The Civil Law Self Help Center can be reached via e-mail at clshcinfo@lascn.org and via telephone at (702) 671-3976.

The Family Law Self-Help Center can be reached via e-mail at flshcinfo@lacsn.org and via telephone at (702) 455-1500 or (702) 386-1070. 

FINAL PROVISIONS

Except where otherwise noted, this order will be reviewed every 30 days and remain in effect until modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.

View Administrative Order 20-24

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On November 11, 2020, Governor Sisolak announced an alarming increase in new COVID-19 cases in Nevada.  The Governor requested all individuals to stay in as much as possible, and to wear face coverings at all times. 

Today, District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell issued Administrative Order 20-23 that continues the District Court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and allows the business of the Court to go forward safely. As a result of the Governor’s announcement, Clark County now requires employees to wear face coverings at all times while at work, even when the employee is in a personal workspace or office.

Mandatory Face Coverings Are Required at All Times

In keeping with the Governor’s announcement and the policy of Clark County, all District Court judges and employees are required to wear face coverings at all times while in the workplace except while eating or drinking during breaks. This includes all areas of court facilities, including parking lots.  Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times.  Face coverings with vents or made out of mesh are not permitted.  Face shields may be worn with a mask as added protection, but may not be worn alone.

This Administrative Order modifies the mandatory face covering provisions found in AO 20-17. Administrative Order 20-17 previously allowed district court employees to not wear a face covering if they worked alone in an unshared workspace.

The provisions of Administrative Order 20-17 requiring all attorneys, vendors and employees of any organization or entity who work in a Court facility to wear face coverings at all times while in any common areas of the facility remain in effect.   Common areas include, but are not limited to, security screening, lobby areas, public elevators, employee elevators, shared back hallways, public restrooms, and courtrooms. 

Rescheduling Jury Trials

All jury trials currently scheduled to begin prior to November 30, 2020, will be continued.  Jury trials currently in progress should continue to the conclusion of the trial.  

Clerk’s Office Is Closed to In-Person Filing

Effective immediately, for the safety of the clerks and to minimize building traffic, the District Court Clerk’s Offices at both the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court will be closed for in-person filings until November 30, 2020.  Filings must be completed electronically.  For litigants who do not have the ability to electronically file documents, documents may be mailed as follows:

District Court Civil/Criminal Division

Attn: Clerk’s Office

Regional Justice Center

200 Lewis Ave.     

Las Vegas, NV 89155

District Court Family Division

Attn: Clerk’s Office

Family Court

601 N. Pecos Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89155

This Administrative Order temporarily modifies the relevant provisions found in AO 20-22, where the District Court re-opened the Clerk’s Office in a limited capacity.

Meetings

Effective immediately and until November 30, 2020, there shall be no in-person gatherings of meetings outside of individual judicial departments to discuss Court business. 

Final Provisions

Except where otherwise noted, this order will be reviewed every 30 days and remain in effect until modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.

Read the full order here:                                                                                            

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District Court has been keeping the wheels of justice turning amid the coronavirus pandemic through a strategic plan of safety measures aimed at keeping court participants safe. Chief Judge Linda Bell today issued Administrative Order 20-22 to announce on October 26, 2020, both District Court Clerk’s Offices (civil/criminal and family divisions) are open for in-person filing Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. and on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Litigants are still encouraged to file electronically. Documents may still be mailed as follows:

District Court Civil/Criminal Division Attn: Clerk’s Office Regional Justice Center 200 Lewis Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89155

District Court Family Division Attn: Clerk’s Office Family Court 601 N. Pecos Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89155

The Clerk’s office will maintain a safety protocol for clerks tasked with opening mail and handling paper documents.

With respect to jury trials, the District Court adopts the attached COVID-19 Jury Trial Plan for safely resuming jury trials. As part of the plan, certain courtrooms have been re-configured to accommodate social distancing and install plexiglass physical dividers. As outlined in Administrative Order 20-17, trials beginning with criminal cases involving interstate compact issues and criminal cases in which the defendant has invoked speedy trial rights will be prioritized. After those cases, the priority will be civil cases with preferential trial settings; older in-custody criminal cases; and older civil cases, particularly those with 20 NRCP 41 (e) timeline concerns. https://eighthjdcourt.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/adminorder20_17final.pdf

With respect to Subpoenas, attorneys no longer must obtain advance approval from the discovery commissioner to issue subpoenas under NRCP 45. The subpoena provision found in AO 20-17 is rescinded. Attorneys are reminded to notice and provide a copy of the subpoena to other parties before service under NRCP 45(a)(4)(A). The District Court expects attorneys to cooperate when there are difficulties in obtaining documents due to issues arising from COVID-19.

The three currently existing grand juries will remain and continue to hear cases until further notice.

Proposed orders sent to a department’s inbox as outlined in AO 20-17 need only include a blank line for the judge’s signature, e.g. _ ________ . Orders do not need a date, judge’s name, or judge’s title. Sufficient space should be allowed above and below the signature line for the judge’s signature and the electronic stamp including date, title, and name of the judge. https://eighthjdcourt.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/adminorder20_17final.pdf

The District Court Clerk of the Court office for civil/criminal matters is located on the third floor of the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave., for family division matters it is at 601 N. Pecos Rd. Administrative Order 20-22 will be reviewed no later than every 30 days and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.

Administrative Order 20-22 https://eighthjdcourt.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/administrative-order-20-22.pdf

The complete Jury Trial Plan

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Have you been searching for that way to give back and waiting until the time is right? There are children is foster care who need you. A new slate of online orientation sessions will reveal how you can change a child’s story as a court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Find out what it takes to be a CASA though one of the online orientations:

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 FROM 6 P.M. – 7 P.M.
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 FROM NOON – 1 P.M.

Those who are interested can submit an online application form at HTTPS://NV-8TH.EVINTOSOLUTIONS.COM/VOLUNTEERAPPLICATION

Who should volunteer to be a CASA?

  • PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT CHILDREN
  • PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEGAL EXPERIENCE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF KIDS
  • PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR FULFILLING WAYS TO VOLUNTEER AND PAY IT FORWARD

The CASA program, which is part of the Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court, recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, child and 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 more information about the CASA program call 702-455-4306, visit WWW.CASALASVEGAS.ORG or visit WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/#!/CASALASVEGAS.

The Civil/Criminal of the Eighth judicial District Court of Nevada will undergo a case reassignment.

The Chief Judge is responsible for supervising the administrative business of the Eighth Judicial District Court, ensuring the quality and continuity of its services, supervising its calendar, reassigning cases as convenience or necessity requires, assuring the court’s duties are timely and orderly performed and otherwise facilitating the business of the District Court. NRS 3.025; see also EDCR 1.30(b).  This Court now modifies the following assignments to further foster consistency, efficiency, and fairness.

Accordingly, pursuant to EDCR 1.30(b), effective September 7, 2021, the following departments will have the case assignments set out below:

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It’s graduation day! Excitement is in the air, gowns are being distributed, selfies are being taken and the smiles are big. But this isn’t a high school or college class getting ready for the graduate stroll. These grads are from the LIMA (Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction) program.

While posing for a selfie with his grinning pals, a soon-to-be graduate zips his gown and proclaims, “This is the first time I’ve ever worn one of these!” He straightens his graduation cap and adds, “I’ve never graduated from anything before.” 

Those who know about substance abuse know the awful grip it has on users and the destruction it leaves in its wake. The LIMA Program offers hope for those dealing with the issues surrounding substance abuse and the related criminal activity that frequently accompanies addiction.

“The success of the LIMA Program is vital. Your success will touch people outside of this room; and quite frankly outside of this state,” said LVMPD Captain Roxanne Burke who was a keynote speaker. “The legacy you leave as graduates of the LIMA program is worldwide. People will hear of you and know of you; and you will help somebody else feel their own power and reach their own success; and that is an honorable place to be.”

The LIMA (Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction) Program is a collaboration between the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The graduation held on August 6, was the first in-person graduation ever, for the program that helps participants get housing, employment, mental health treatment, and substance use disorder treatment.

The new grads got VIP treatment at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters with a special lunch catered by Second Chance Catering. That’s a big switch for most of the folks who were being honored. Captain Burke joked, “We tend to be on a first name basis with some people.” That first-name basis with law enforcement doesn’t usually come from lunches and pats on the back; but, more for encounters involving drug abuse and low-level criminal activity. It’s the kind of stuff that keeps people revolving through the justice system.

“This is how to achieve long-term recovery,” said Captain Burke. “We can’t incarcerate our way out of this. Arrest isn’t going to solve the problem. Arrests might be a necessary recourse. But that’s not the solution.”

Several other speakers including Dr. Sheldon Jacobs and Dr. Stephanie Woodard provided inspiring words to encourage the new graduates to stay strong in the face of the adversity they will likely face. Dr. Jacobs compared struggles to storms and said, “The sun shines brighter after a storm.”

Another speaker, Las Vegas local Paul Vautrinot shared that he relapsed 10 times before he got sober. Paul has been in recovery since 2014, after having been addicted to heroin and methamphetamines for nearly a decade while he lived in the Las Vegas tunnels. As a graduate of the Henderson ABC Drug Court program, and now vice president of the alumni group’s board, he defied the odds to become the program director of Freedom House, the housing director for Crossroads of Southern Nevada, the program director for Shine a Light, and a board member for There is No Hero in Heroin. 

He opened his speech to the grads with, “I say things that are tragic to some and super funny to us. So you guys are in for a ride.” He shared that just before his began his recovery, he felt that there was no longer hope in his life. He ended up getting arrested and in drug court. He spent the first nine months of his recovery denying that he wanted to do it.

Paul entertained the grads with a funny recount of being nine months sober and working at a car wash while $1,500 in debt to recovery. He found a bag with $2,000 hidden in a car that he was cleaning. “My criminal brain said, they don’t know this is here.” Instead of stealing the money, he gave it to the owner whose wife lost the bag and didn’t know where she put it. Four Metro officers walked in four minutes after Paul turned the money over.  Vautrinot said, “It clicked – for the first time in my life, I made the right decision and I had nothing to run from.” He also ended up getting $1,000 in reward money.


Paul Vautrinot’s hilarious recovery speech https://youtu.be/xk-IqwW1pCI

He said, “I have to constantly remind myself is that I suffer from a disease that’s (sic) primary symptom is trying to convince me that I don’t have a disease. Stay close to your people.”

Angel Lash who is the LIMA Diversion Program Coordinator for the District Court was recognized by the Metro LIMA team for her outstanding work with the program.

LIMA is a nine to 12 month pre-booking diversion program, developed to address low-level drug crimes. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers redirect those with low-level drug related charges into the LIMA Program to engage in community-based services. The goal is to get eligible individuals services that will help them and ultimately improve public safety and reduce criminal activity. When law enforcement diverts individuals away from the justice system into community-based services for treatment and life-skills training, it improves the likelihood that participants will achieve success. Those referred must have a chemical dependency issue and be willing to engage in treatment services throughout their participation in the LIMA Program.

Participants are given referrals to services based on their needs including:

· Individual and group substance abuse counseling provided

· Mental health and co-occurring counseling provided

· Collaborative case management

· Detoxification services

· Intensive outpatient and or inpatient treatment

· Weekly/biweekly meetings with case manager

· Referrals to sober living, low-income housing, and/or temporary/transitional housing and housing   services

· Assistance with secure vital documents and establishment of positive support system

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Twenty newly trained Court Appointed Special advocate (CASA) volunteers will be sworn in  on August 9 at noon via BlueJeans to advocate for the best interests for children in foster care. Judge Frank Sullivan will swear in the a teacher, business owner, a UNLV student, a realtor, banker and a fire department employee. The volunteers also include a former foster youth, former military and a former law enforcement officer. They will be assigned to advocate for 52 children in foster care. The class completed the first in-person training since February 2020. Another training class will begin in mid-September.  The CASA Program currently has 386 volunteers, but is looking to reach the goal of 1,000 volunteers to meet the advocacy needs of abused and neglected children in Clark County.

The CASA program, which is part of the Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court, recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, child and 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. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the CASA Program in Clark County. For more information about the CASA program call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or visit www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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The Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada LIMA Program (Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction) will host its first in-person graduation for participants of the program who have turned their lives around. The celebration for 21 new grads, will be at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., on Friday, August 6 at 2 p.m. Several keynote speakers will convey positive messages including:  LVMPD Captain Roxanne Burke, Paul Vautrinot, Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, and Dr. Stephanie Woodard.

LIMA is a nine to 12 month pre-booking diversion program, developed to address low-level drug crimes. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers redirect those with low-level drug related charges into the LIMA Program to engage in community-based services. The goal is to get eligible individuals services that will help them, improve public safety and reduce criminal activity. When law enforcement diverts individuals away from the justice system into community-based services for treatment and life-skills training, it improves the likelihood that participants will achieve success. Those referred must have a chemical dependency issue and be willing to engage in treatment services throughout their participation in the LIMA Program.

“The costs of incarceration are rising and the prison system is overwhelmed. The LIMA diversion program offers a more effective and less costly way to address the epidemic of substance abuse,” said District Court Chief Judge Linda Marie Bell. “LIMA diverts people onto a productive path before they begin to revolve through the justice system.”

Participants will be referred to services based on their needs including:

· Individual and group substance abuse counseling provided

· Mental health and co-occurring counseling provided

· Collaborative case management

· Detoxification services

· Intensive outpatient and or inpatient treatment

· Weekly/biweekly meetings with case manager

· Referrals to sober living, low income housing, and/or temporary/transitional housing and housing   services

· Assistance with secure vital documents and establishment of positive support system

LIMA is a collaboration between Eighth Judicial District Court and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and is a great example of how using alternative, efficient methods to ensure justice and reduce the potential for crime.

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If you are searching for fulfillment and want to give back, there are children is foster care who need you. Learn how you can change a child’s story as a court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Find out what it takes to be a CASA though one of the August online orientations:

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1 FROM NOON – 1 P.M.
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 10 FROM 9 A.M. – 10 A.M.
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 FROM 6 P.M. – 7 P.M.
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 FROM NOON – 1 P.M.

Those who are interested can submit an online application form at https://nv-8th.evintosolutions.com/volunteerapplication

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It was a typical hot summer Monday in late June, at the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas. The rush of people hustling to courtrooms to catch up from the pandemic slowdown was underway. At 8:50 a.m. on the 10th floor, a 72 year-old attorney, who was preparing for a hearing with a client, suffered an apparent heart attack and fell backwards. Judge Nancy Allf’s former law clerk Joe Dagher reacted immediately to call the marshals’ dispatch, and then 911. His actions saved crucial time. Marshal dispatchers Cherina Elfberg and Gemma Perez launched a coordinated emergency response, sent marshals to the scene and put in a call for emergency medical services.

A nearby Good Samaritan who observed the distressed attorney on the floor, responded to the commotion. The Good Samaritan announced himself as a registered nurse and began to assist with an assessment of the attorney’s condition. After determining the attorney had no pulse, the nurse began chest compressions while Marshal Tyrone Tillman raced for a defibrillator that he used to aid the attorney. He, Lt. Jeff Wooten and Marshal Joshua Parrot helped with CPR and performed two rounds with the defibrillator, while Marshal Aaron Kaleo and Marshal Juan Almaraz managed a crowd of onlookers that had gathered as the incident unfolded. After the second round of defibrillation, the distressed lawyer got a pulse and resumed breathing. Emergency medical technicians soon arrived on-scene and transported him for more in-depth treatment.

The swift, coordinated actions of the law clerk, dispatchers, marshals and the Good Samaritan saved a man’s life on what was an otherwise ordinary summer scorcher at the courthouse.

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An observant and quick thinking clerk in the Marriage Bureau notified District Court Deputy Marshal David Ellis of a man outside the courthouse who fit the profile of a suspect wanted by police. Video had been circulating online from a doorbell cam showing a man making threats to rape and kill a woman inside the home. The suspect had very distinctive tattoos that were clearly visible.

Courthouse marshals are accustomed to responding to fast moving situations, and Marshal Ellis wasted no time notifying dispatch as he prepared to approach the suspect. Dispatch sent Deputy Marshal Enriquez and Sergeant Spies to aid Officer Ellis. The marshals quickly caught up with the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

The alleged victims’ neighbor, who positively identified the detained suspect, sent a note to the District Court security chief. “Thanks so much for your help this morning,” he wrote. “I truly believe that without you there this guy would have walked. Our whole neighborhood group is extremely grateful for you!”

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Nick Dion’s letter to the head of court security describes the day that District Court marshals Sergeant Tim Spies, Sergeant RJ Pastorius, Officer Raymundo Enriquez, Officer Chris Rivers and Officer Lamons Walker saved a woman’s life.

“Their universes collided on a random Tuesday,” that’s how Nick Dion’s letter to the head of court security describes the day that District Court marshals Sergeant Tim Spies, Sergeant RJ Pastorius, Officer Raymundo Enriquez, Officer Chris Rivers and Officer Lamons Walker saved a woman’s life.

Nick is a law clerk at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Civil Law Self-Help in the Regional Justice Center. It’s a place where many in the community go for help when they face eviction. While being assisted with an eviction notice, a woman named Brenda collapsed. The Civil Law Self-Help Center staff jumped into action. Spencer Achiu, the law clerk, who was helping her at the time, and Lauren Peña, the directing attorney, ran to alert nearby court marshals. Within a flash, they were on the spot. “Sergeant Spies was the first to respond to our call for help. He quickly arrived to the woman’s side and after assessing her situation by checking her vital signs, he noticed that the woman was not breathing and that her heart had stopped. Without hesitation, Officer Spies and Officer Pastorius began immediate life-saving procedures and began to perform compressions,” wrote Dion. His letter goes on to describe that another responding officer used a defibrillator to restart Brenda’s heart to save her life.

“When I spoke with one of the officers yesterday, he responded with “It’s our job,” wrote Dion. Adding that had Brenda been anywhere else and collapsed, there was a good chance she would not have survived. “It was the training and immediacy of the officers that quite literally saved her life. That deserves a commendation.” His letter was signed by the entire Legal Aid Civil Law Self-Help Center team.

When Brenda collapsed, the marshals responded quickly and decisively. They are a credit to themselves and the team they serve. The court marshals who saved her life deserve immense gratitude for that and for all the other work that they and the other marshals perform every working day to keep courthouse visitors and facilities safe.

We also recognize the outstanding response of the dispatchers Cherina Elfberg, Taylor Bonifacio and Gemma Perez, and the Civil Law Self-Help Center team, whose swift action saved crucial time so that Brenda could be saved.

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Those looking to address tickets can visit the respective court website:

Links to Las Vegas Justice Court https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/default.aspx …

Las Vegas Municipal Court https://municourt.lasvegasnevada.gov

Further questions be should addressed by calling the phone number listed on the ticket. For questions regarding Justice Court tickets please call 702-671-3444.

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