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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Going to court can be a scary experience. Today, District Court Family Judge Cynthia Giuliani switched her robe with a fairy godmother suit to finalize adoptions for six families. Many of the children will came in costume to heighten the fun and help make it a day they will always remember.

This is the third year Judge Giuliani suited-up as a fairy godmother for adoptions around Halloween. “Court can be an intimidating experience, especially for children. We do this to make these adoptions fun instead of scary. Everybody can use a fairy godmother in their life to make things extra special,” said Judge Giuliani. “There’s a big need for adoptive families and this is also a fun way to get the word out so more children can get into permanent, stable homes with loving, caring families.” Family court is involved in other special adoption events, including an annual adoption day marathon which is scheduled this year for November 19. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-7414.

“It’s great to see Family Court judges come up with creative ways raise awareness about the issue of getting children into permanent, stable, loving families,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “There is a great need in Clark County to get good, caring families to step in to care for children in need.”

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The escalators have been out of commission at the Regional Justice Center for several weeks, leaving many to wonder: What’s up with the escalators? It’s not unusual to see the moving marvels out of commission in public buildings, the mall or anywhere they’re found. They’re usually down for a day or two. This time, it is more than a stray paperclip or one of the other minor problems that usually plague escalators everywhere. This time, it is the very chains that keep the stairs escalating. Those chains are custom made and come all the way from Germany. That explains the wait. A few of the needed parts have arrived but a few more parts are still needed. Meanwhile, the stairs are being steamed so they’ll be sparkling clean and ready for installation when the parts do come. A “reliable source” reports a recent estimate for completion on the repairs is set for mid-December. Hopefully, that means the escalators will be up and running by the New Year. It’s a good time to be thankful for the improvements to the elevator programming and the opening of the south entrance for jurors, attorneys and law enforcement and for all the new online functions. Oh, and there is a silver lining. Health websites report: climbing a flight of stairs (12 steps) three times burns 15 calories, improves cardiovascular health and best of all builds muscle. So, climbing eight flights of steps three times, will burn enough calories to allow one to enjoy a small ice cream bar guilt-free (after you catch your breath). Maybe climbing the stairs could be a New Year’s resolution.

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The next civil Bench-Bar will be Oct. 14 at noon in courtroom 15D at the RJC. the meeting will include a review of last month’s NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions including:SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, 130 Nev.Ad.Op. 75 (September 18, 2014)(4-3): Foreclosure on a true priority HOA lien extinguishes a first deed of trust on the property and can be foreclosed non-judicially; Déjà Vu showgirls of LV, LLC v. NV Dept. of Taxation, 130 Nev.Ad.Op. 73 (September 18, 2014)(7-0): NLET does not violate the Article 1, Section 9 of the NV Constitution or the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as related to speech (dance). Appellants were required to exhaust their administrative remedies before seeking relief in the district court; Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, Inc. v. Villa Fiore Development, LLC, 130 Nev.Ad.Op. 83 (October 2, 2014)(3-0): Constructive eviction requires a landlord be given notice of and a reasonable opportunity to cure a defect; here, landlord did not receive notice defect continued after repairs were attempted. Judge Susan Johnson presides over the meeting. Lunch will be provided.

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What’s next? That’s the question a lot of people are asking after the ruling today from the United States Ninth Circuit Court. This is a link to the ruling and related information
The case will go back to the Nevada US District Court. The following is key language from the ruling: “The judgment of the district court in Sevcik v. Sandoval is REVERSED, and the case is REMANDED to the district court for the prompt issuance of an injunction permanently enjoining the state, its political subdivisions, and its officers, employees, and agents, from enforcing any constitutional provision, statute, regulation or policy preventing otherwise qualified same-sex couples from marrying, or denying recognition to marriages celebrated in other jurisdictions which, if the pouses were not of the same sex, would be valid under the laws of the state.”