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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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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Courthouses are dynamic and often intense environments. New challenges come up every day. Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti recently wrote in the Clark County Bar Association’s Communiqué magazine on the Eighth JD Court’s focus on improving access to justice and building public trust and confidence. She noted that a lot of progress has been made in the areas of technology, efficiency and security, with more on the way including:

  • The court is implementing upgrades to e-filing.
  • Upgrades will be made to restitution court in the juvenile area.
  • Internal computer systems are being upgraded to expedite business throughout the court.
  • Electronic dispositions to the state are being automated.
  • Criminal fine and fee collections are being automated.
  • Jury Services will see improvements as we make more functions available online and look to add self-service kiosks.
  • Case management is being fine-tuned to give judges a clear and efficient view of the status of their caseloads to improve time to disposition.
  • A new program will be rolled-out to provide touch screen capability to improve the functionality of viewing cases.
  • Significant steps have been made to improve courthouse safety and security including: improving marshal training, creating a dedicated internal affairs bureau, enhancing procedures and increasing our hiring qualifications.
  • Policies, procedures and training are being refined and updated to meet the needs in the important and ever-evolving area of security.

Progress takes continuous evaluation and work. The court is open to new ideas to make operations better and more efficient. If you have ideas we want to hear what they are. 

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Newly Minted CASA Volunteers

New CASA volunteers were sworn in this week. More volunteers are needed (especially men) to give children in foster care a voice. Past volunteers shared how rewarding the experience can be. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit http://www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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Attorneys had the attention of 13 judges at Civil Bench Bar

An open exchange gave attorneys the opportunity to get issues and questions on the table.

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There are so many young people in our community who need someone to speak up for them, they need an advocate.  It can be tough enough to navigate going to school and making the grade when all is well in life.  Unfortunately, so many kids in our community have no great role models or people who care.  Through no fault of their own, there is no real family to serve as role model, caretaker or anything else. There are thousands of kids in foster care who have been through a lot and have been shuffled around, a lot. You can help. You can volunteer to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA for short).  Family Court is preparing to swear in around 20 graduates of the advocate training program this month; but it is not nearly enough volunteers to cover the more than 2000 foster kids in our community.  More people are needed to advocate for them in school and other areas.  CASA volunteers are really making a difference, really helping young people stay on track and accomplish goals. 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 CASA 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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Choices Recovery Tree

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District specialty court service provider Choices is having an open house at their new location on Feb. 5 from 2 to 6 p.m., at 2725 E. Desert Inn Road Suite 180. The recovery tree pictured in this photo, has the signatures of hundreds of graduates who are working, paying taxes and caring for their children, instead of committing crimes, victimizing our community and ultimately revolving through our prisons. Choices will have a canvass print made of this tree that was in their old building and start a new tree in their new facility for the hundreds more who will turn over a new leaf.

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