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Monthly Archives: April 2015

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The Eighth Judicial District Court has two new additions to the bench: Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. to Department 15 and Louis Eric Johnson to Department 20. That means District Court will shuffle courtrooms and calendars. Judge Eric Johnson will assume Judge Jerome Tao’s track and cases and Judge Hardy will handle an all-civil docket. There are other changes including: Judge Richard Scotti assuming Judge Abbi Silver’s track and courtroom; Judge Adriana Escobar presiding over the specialty courts and Judge Linda Bell handling a civil docket. For a summary of the new calendar and courtroom assignments that will be in effect on May 4, visit Also look for the new courtroom assignments on signs on each floor or for daily updates in the free Courtfinder smartphone app.

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Filing peremptory challenges in the Eighth Judicial District Court is about to get a little bit easier. On May 1, the $450 peremptory challenge filing fee, required by Supreme Court Rule 48.1(2), can be paid with either an electronic draw-down account or a credit card associated with an e-filing account. Currently, filing a peremptory challenge necessitates a visit to the Clerk’s Office. This improvement is part of a strategic plan by the court to use technology to improve accessibility and maximize efficiency.

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This Friday, specialty court graduates who have evolved over years of intensive treatment and rehabilitation programs will get a fresh start for spring. The 67 grads from the Eighth Judicial District specialty courts will shed their old lives and begin their new lives. They leave behind the revolving door of repeated incarcerations due to substance abuse offenses and crime, to forge a life of responsibility and productivity. On Friday, Apr. 3 at 2 p.m., in the Regional Justice Center jury services room at 200 Lewis Ave., the specialty court grads celebrate their accomplishments. A special certificate will mark the launch of the grads’ new lives, and they will get applause and encouragement from judges, family, friends, counselors and each other for successful completion of years of treatment.

Arrest mug shots will be projected behind the grads to remind them how far they’ve come and to serve as a stark reminder to stay the course. The pomp and circumstance of the graduation marks a big occasion for the families of those who have successfully completed years of treatment in the drug, mental health, DUI, veterans’ and OPEN court. The community reaps benefits from the program in terms of tax dollars saved, social services spared and crime averted.

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Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. to Department 15 and Louis Eric Johnson to Department 20 of the Eighth Judicial District Court. They will fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Judges Abbi Silver and Jerome “Jerry” Tao to the Nevada Court of Appeals. Hardy will replace Judge Silver and Johnson will replace Judge Tao.

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