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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Those visiting the Family Division of District Court are often there at the worst time of their life. Divorce, custody of children and guardianships are just a few of the contentious matters that are handled there. So, it’s no surprise that people lose their cool and get emotional during proceedings. Judges do their best to guide litigants through the process in a smooth manner, but it’s a constant challenge that is seen in courts across the nation; so much so, that it has been a

focus in judicial colleges. That’s why the Family bench issued a recent resolution to spell out civility in court with the aim to improve courtroom courtesy.

The following rules of professional cooperation shall be enforced in every courtroom in the

Family Division:

  1. Attorneys and litigants shall, at all times, demonstrate respect for the opposing attorney, litigant and the court
  2. Attorneys and litigants shall be adequately prepared for each court appearance
  3. Attorneys and litigants shall permit the opposing party to present their arguments without interruption (no objections during argument)
  4. Attorneys and litigants shall refrain from excessively repeating facts or arguments
  5. Attorneys and litigants shall refrain from personal attacks on the opposing attorney or litigant
  6. Attorneys and litigants shall address all comments to the Judge and not the opposing attorney or litigant
  7. Attorneys and litigants shall maintain control over their emotions

“The resolution spells out the rules as a reminder to all parties that courtesy and preparation are essential to smooth and efficient court operations.” said the civil Presiding Family Division Judge Charles Hoskin. “It points out that candor, courtesy and cooperation facilitate faster, less costly and mutually accepted resolution of disputes; reduce stress for lawyers, staff and clients; reduce waste of judicial time; and generate respect for the court system, the individual attorney and the profession as a whole.”

Preparation for Family matters has been helped by improvements at the Family Law Self-Help Center located right on the Family Division Campus at 601 N. Pecos Road and the Family law self Help website Those looking to represent themselves in Family Court  cases, can access a new website that offers how-to tips, forms and info on going solo in court. Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has launched the new site at for the Family Law Self-Help Center. The non-profit Legal Aid Center operates the Self-Help Center at Family Court in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court. The new website provides easy access to many of the forms and resources available at the Self-Help Center.

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Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) volunteers who commit to a school-year of weekly truancy diversion court sessions on a CCSD campus will be recognized on Monday, June 29 at noon lunch to be held at Ainsworth Game Technology, 6975 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 140. Each of the volunteers will be given an award for making a difference in the lives of our young people. Guest speakers will touch on truancy trends seen in Clark County and discuss future plans for the program that is slated to expand next year.

The TDP was established by Judge Gerald Hardcastle in 2002. Since 2007, the program has been overseen by District Court Judge Jennifer Elliott in collaboration with the Clark County School District CCSD.

Clark County reported nearly 120,000 truant children for school-year 2013-2014.Those without a high school diploma face higher prospects of unemployment and the associated negative consequences. This collaborative effort between the CCSD has been structured to prevent and reduce youth crime, re-engage students in learning, and ultimately, reduce potential costs to our welfare and justice systems. It is a non-punitive, incentive-based approach to at-risk school students with truancy problems. A team (judge, family advocate, school personnel) works with the students and their families.

Judges, attorneys and other qualified applicants volunteering approximately three hours each week to and hold truancy court sessions at schools where they meeting individually with students and their parents. They review the students’ attendance, school work, and progress to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful. The TDP judges promote and support academic achievement using a team effort and an individual student success plan. Since 2007, the TDP has expanded from six to 70 schools including elementary, middle schools and high schools. The goal of the Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division is to continue to expand until all 358 Clark County schools have a TDP program. In 2014, the TDP was one of four programs in the nation to receive a $600,000 grant from the Department of Justice designed to keep kids in school and out of court.

“I want to acknowledge and thank the Truancy Diversion volunteers for being part of the solution to the significant problem of truancy in our schools. By addressing these issues before they compound, we are helping struggling students to be successful in their educations so they can graduate and have the chance at college or a career,” said Judge Elliott.

“The Truancy Diversion volunteers, along with Judge Elliott and her team, have accomplished much to fill some of the gaps to get students struggling with attendance on track and in school,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “Their efforts are making a difference in the lives of young people and improving their chances for success.”

If you are a licensed attorney, mental health professional or law enforcement officer and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this Specialty Court program please contact DeDe Parker at: 702-321-2410.

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Due to a major upgrade in the court’s case management system, most Clerk’s Office functionality will be unavailable Friday, June 12 at 3 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be back to full functionality on Monday at 9 a.m.

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The next Civil Bench Bar Meeting of the Eighth Judicial District Court will be at noon tomorrow, June 9, in courtroom 15B (not 15D) at the Regional Justice Center. The committee is open to new suggestions and issues of concern to bar members. The Civil Bench Bar is designed to bring the judiciary and members of the bar together to discuss ways to improve the processing and handling of civil matters. All members of the bar are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

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5. Doing pro-bono work is a great way to gain respect from judges and peers.
4. You’ll be helping the courts to be more efficient. Instead of someone who doesn’t know the law, self-representing and showing up to court without a clue, they’ll have a pro to help them.
3. You can gain valuable experience and learn something new.
2. It is a fulfilling experience to help those in need.
1. Good karma-What goes around, comes around, so it’s always good to help others.

Don’t miss the upcoming June 12 Summer Law Clerk and Supervising Attorney Luncheon. It’s a great opportunity to grab lunch and get in on the pro bono action RSVP to provono@lacsn or call 702-386-1460.

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Two new District Court judges and one Justice Court judge will pronounce their judicial oath to uphold justice in our community on June 5 at 2 p.m., at an investiture ceremony to be held at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers at 495 S. Main St. In front of family, friends and fellow jurists, District Court Judges Joe Hardy Jr. and Eric Johnson, and Justice Court Judge Bita Khamsi, will receive their judicial robes and swear an oath to uphold the law.

“These new jurists have had exceptional careers prior to joining the bench. Their strong backgrounds will serve them well as they undertake the challenging caseload carried by judges who sit on the bench in Clark County,” said Chief Judge David Barker. “They join the court at an exciting time of change and technical advancement.”

The new judges have already been hearing cases in their assigned courtrooms. Judge Joe Hardy Jr. is serving in District Court Dept. 15 in the Phoenix Bldg. 11th floor courtroom with a civil docket. Judge Eric Johnson is serving in District Court Dept. 20 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 10D with a civil/criminal docket. Judge Bita Khamsi is serving in Justice Court Dept. 6 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 1A.

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