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Monthly Archives: February 2015

A new scam has surfaced with a bogus promise of money from a fake judgment with the forged signature of real Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The scam claims that for a commitment deposit of just under $2,000, the victim can collect close to $8,000.

This scam is just the latest in a long list of attempts to invoke the name of the court or judges to either entice or scare unsuspecting victims into turning over their hard-earned money. Many of the victims targeted by these scammers are seniors on a fixed income and who just want to stay on the right side of the law.

The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Potential victims should thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that ask for money. The court doesn’t require or ask for commitment deposits for judgments. Other telltale signs that the latest scam was bogus include that the judge’s name was misspelled, a sloppy forgery, and the faked-up Clark County District Court judgment had a United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seal. Not all forgeries are so sloppy though, many fakes look as good as authentic documents.

“I urge people when they get correspondence or phone calls asking for money for anything, proceed with caution,” said District Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “The court doesn’t require commitment deposits for judgments and never solicits money on the telephone. Residents who receive suspicious letters, e-mails or calls asking for money, should report them to law enforcement.”

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Big Need Continues For CASA Volunteers To Advocate For 3,500 Children in Foster Care
Twenty new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers will be sworn in at a ceremony at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court on Friday, Feb. 13 at noon, at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. The newly trained volunteers will help fill a very big need for advocates to speak on behalf of foster children in our community. Many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the nearly 3,500 children receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Last year, more than 900 children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, and deal with school challenges and home life. The goal is to get a volunteer to be a voice for every foster child.

“Children in foster care have already endured more than their share of difficult times. CASA volunteers can help ensure that these kids get proper care,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who oversees the CASA program. “Volunteers are desperately needed. I urge members of the community to volunteer as a CASA. It is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
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. Upcoming 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 or Facebook at!/CASALasVegas.

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With retirements and two judges taking the bench in the new appellate court, there have been a lot of changes to the bench at District Court that have necessitated some civil/criminal case reassignments. On Monday March 2, 2015 the following calendar and case re-assignments will occur:
Judge Escobar (DC 14) will be moving into Specialty Courts and will coordinate with Judge Bell in that transition. Judge Bell (DC 7) will be assuming Judge Escobar’s civil docket and take an adjusted percentage of random new cases filed and transfers from Judge Sturman (DC 26) until Judge Bell’s caseload is consistent with other all civil departments. Judge Johnson (DC 22) will take Judge Escobar’s criminal rural track assignment and keep her existing civil caseload. Judge Togliatti will take the criminal competency calendar previously assigned to Judge Bell. She will keep her Track 2 criminal caseload, but her previous 25 percent of Judge Hoo’s (NLVJC1) criminal cases will be redistributed to the remaining three judges on Tracks 2 and 12 (Walsh, Ellsworth and Adair). Probate Commissioner Yamashita will move into Phoenix ADR (chambers) and share a courtroom with Judge Sturman Wednesdays and Fridays.

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