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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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What Do An FBI Agent, 911 Operator, Flight Attendant, Accountant And Stage Manager Have In Common? They will all be sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to give 53 kids who have endured abuse and neglect a much needed voice.

A new group of 24 CASA volunteers including a former FBI agent, 911 operator, flight attendant, homemaker, realtor, accountant, stage hand manager and teacher will take an oath to speak on behalf of  53 abused and neglected kids on Monday, Aug. 14 at 12;30 p.m. at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. The volunteers will serve as a voice for 11 siblings from one family, a child who lost a sibling and young children whose parents are working through addiction and other issues.

There is a big need for CASA volunteers in Clark County to speak up for the approximately 3,200 children in the community, who are receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Those who want to help abused and neglected children are invited to one of the upcoming CASA orientations, which are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. More information is available about the program at 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas. The next CASA orientation will be held on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central  Pkwy.

“When you give abused and neglected kids a CASA, you give them a voice. When you give them a voice, you give them hope. When you give them hope, you give them a future,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who will administer the oath to the CASA volunteers. “I invite members of our community to become a CASA volunteer to gain the rewarding experience of giving a child a future.”

There are around 350 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for children under the supervision of the Family Court CASA Program. However, many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the remainder of the children in care. Last year, nearly one thousand children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, deal with school challenges and handle home life.

“CASA volunteers have a significant impact on the lives of children for whom they advocate. CASA volunteers visit with them to ensure that the children who have been abused and neglected are now in a safe and stable environment. The CASA volunteer’s role is invaluable,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin.

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. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court Judges. 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.

 

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Updated with info about electronic Discovery discussion.

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Civil attorneys can stay cool, get updated on court news and grab lunch at the District Court Civil Bench-Bar meeting on Aug. 8 at noon in courtroom 3A at the Regional Justice Center.

Judge Jim Crockett will lead a discussion on minors’ compromises and inter-pleader actions. Judge Gloria Sturman will take on the topic of EDCR 2.22. Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla will offer up important information on Discovery.  And Judge Allf will lead a discussion on possible standard protocols for electronic discovery.

Also on the agenda is a review of July Nevada Supreme Court Civil Decisions including:

Rural Telephone Co. v. Public Utilities Commission, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53 (August 3, 2017)

Peter Gardner v. Henderson Water Park, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54    (August 3, 3017)

LN Management LLC v. Green Tree Loan Servicing, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55 (August 3, 2017)

City of Sparks…

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Civil attorneys can stay cool, get updated on court news and grab lunch at the District Court Civil Bench-Bar meeting on Aug. 8 at noon in courtroom 3A at the Regional Justice Center.

Judge Jim Crockett will lead a discussion on minors’ compromises and inter-pleader actions. Judge Gloria Sturman will take on the topic of EDCR 2.22. Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla will offer up important information on Discovery.  And Judge Allf will lead a discussion on possible standard protocols for electronic discovery.

Also on the agenda is a review of July Nevada Supreme Court Civil Decisions including:

Rural Telephone Co. v. Public Utilities Commission, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53 (August 3, 2017)

Peter Gardner v. Henderson Water Park, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54    (August 3, 3017)

LN Management LLC v. Green Tree Loan Servicing, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55 (August 3, 2017)

City of Sparks v. Reno Newspapers, Inc., 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56 (August 3, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

K&P Homes v. Christiana Trust, 133 Nev. Ad. Op. No. 51 (July 27, 2017)

Renfroe v. Lakeview Loan Serv., LLC, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 50 (July 27, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

If you can’t make the Aug. 8 meeting, schedule the upcoming Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 noon Civil Bench-Bar meetings that will offer special presentations and an opportunity to get the latest news that can impact your civil practice. Bench-Bar meetings are a great way to get current information about the court and to get questions or issues addressed with the bench.

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The Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med Mal Sweeps, will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. in Courtroom 14A. There are some significant change this time around including: if the trial department has been set, or your trial had already been set, re-set, or vacated in a previous Med Mal Sweeps, you don’t need to attend the Aug. 7 sweeps for that case and must instead coordinate with your respective trial judge.

The Aug. 7 Med Mal Sweeps calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

  • All med mal cases never set for trial, with complaints filed up to June 5, 2017 if a joint case conference report (JCCR) has been filed.
  • All med mal cases formerly assigned to departments 3, 9, 20, and…

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The law is something that constantly evolves. Issues continue to surface surrounding new legislation. To stay current on those changes, Nevada Judges spend a lot of time enhancing their knowledge of the law through continuing education. Judges recently attended sessions at the Nevada District Judges Association (NDJA) Annual Seminar that covered topics including emerging issues with regard to the legalization of marijuana; and sentencing, time computation, and re-entry programs. Judicial educational achievement was recognized at the conference and the jurist were awarded certificates for five levels up to a Distinguished Jurist Award for completing the mandatory course plus 14 additional NJC resident courses.

Continuing education requirements for Nevada judges are mandated by statute and Supreme Court order. Judges are required to keep their knowledge of the law current through comprehensive continuing education and training to promote the competency and professionalism of the Nevada judiciary. A complete overview of judicial educational requirements can be found on the Nevada Supreme Court website http://nvcourts.gov/AOC/Programs_and_Services/Judicial_Education/Overview.

The Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med Mal Sweeps, will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. in Courtroom 14A. There are some significant change this time around including: if the trial department has been set, or your trial had already been set, re-set, or vacated in a previous Med Mal Sweeps, you don’t need to attend the Aug. 7 sweeps for that case and must instead coordinate with your respective trial judge.

The Aug. 7 Med Mal Sweeps calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

  • All med mal cases never set for trial, with complaints filed up to June 5, 2017 if a joint case conference report (JCCR) has been filed.
  • All med mal cases formerly assigned to departments 3, 9, 20, and 21 that have since been re-assigned as of July 1, 2017, will be called at the Aug. 7 sweeps.

A list of cases can be viewed at a link below or on the Clark County and Nevada State websites.

Contrary to prior sweeps, the discovery commissioner won’t be present to address discovery issues, because only trial-ready cases in which the trial schedule order has been established by the latest JCCR or SCHO (Scheduling Order) will be heard.

The court will work to enforce NRS 41.A.061.1, and will attempt to set all Chapter 41A Professional Negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed. Please bring a list of all the cases at which you will be appearing to the hearing. Those who may have questions regarding the calendar can contact Tatyana Ristic at (702) 671-3633.

atty 8-7-17 MED MAL CALENDAR

August Medmal Sweeps

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Judge Jennifer Elliot has been presiding over the dependency mothers’ drug court since 2008. It is a program that has helped to get many mothers away from the clutches of addiction and into the arms of their children. This week, three more moms graduated from the program.  That’s a handful of kids who won’t have to be in foster care; who won’t have to wonder where mom is; and who will have someone who loves them and deeply cares for them.

In front of others going through the program, Judge Elliot asked each of the graduates how they felt upon graduation. She said, “Nobody knows what the journey is going to look like when they start out, and I want others to hear how to be successful at it.” The moms graduating lit up when given the opportunity to share how they felt. One mom said, “I’m very, very happy where I am and how far I’ve come.  It’s amazing being able to be with my son, sober; to watch him grow and remember that.” Judge Elliot told each of the graduates that she was very proud of them. She also offered a word of advice to a father with one of the graduating moms, who has his own struggles. She said, “Setback doesn’t mean failure, it just means you just have to keep on keeping on.”

Judge Elliot is turning over the administration of the dependency mothers’ drug court to Judge Frank Sullivan who handles abuse and neglect cases. She told those in court that Judge Sullivan would ensure that the program would continue to be successful. Judge Sullivan responded, “No one can replace Judge Elliot.” Program participants gave Judge Elliot a giant farewell card. The judge who launched the specialty court aimed at helping moms with addiction won’t be managing the day-to-day of the program, but the legacy of what she accomplished since 2008 will carry on for generations.

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