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Monthly Archives: July 2015

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A Nevada Supreme Court Marshal Critical Labor Shortage Designation in District Court eliminated a barrier to hiring former police officers as deputy marshals. The Eighth Judicial District Court is now calling on retired and soon to be retired officers to apply for jobs to protect the courts. The Nevada Supreme Court issued an Order that clears the way for former cops to work in marshal jobs without adversely affecting their Public Employee Retirement. It is intended to help ease a critical labor shortage of marshals who are tasked with maintain the safety, security and administration of justice for all District Court facilities in Southern Nevada, including the Regional Justice Center. The intent is that former officers (jail detention officers, corrections officers, bailiffs/deputy marshals) who are P.O.S.T. certified can continue a law enforcement career with the marshal force and continue to collect their retirement.

Retired or soon to be retired category one peace officers interested in applying should complete a bailiff/deputy marshal application from the county website employment section http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/human_resources/Pages/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx.

“We are enthused about the prospect of hiring qualified law enforcement professionals to join in the mission to serve the public and protect the courts,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “This is a good opportunity for retired category one peace officers to use their skills to continue a fulfilling law enforcement career while they collect their retirement.”

The labor shortage is attributed to several factors including the requirement for law enforcement training and certification and employment classification of the post. Nevada’s high court also ordered the Eighth Judicial District Court to conduct a classification and compensation study for deputy marshals.

This is one of many creative ways District Court is working to resolve the excessive vacancy problem in the marshal division.  District Court is also actively recruiting military veterans to join the marshal force. The court is working with the Las Vegas Urban League, Nevada Partners, the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation and the College of Southern Nevada to sponsor military veterans for the Criminal Justice Academy P.O.S.T. certification.

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Getting close to welcoming the judges from Mongolia. This should be very interesting.

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It’s really a case of East meets West and ancient meets modern, when an Open World, Rule of Law judicial delegation from Mongolia experiences an American model of justice in Las Vegas. The judges will be visiting from the ancient country situated between China and Russia to sit in on cases at the Eighth Judicial District Court civil and criminal divisions, tour the Family division and visit the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse. They will also hear from the professionals who make the justice system work. The delegation will be officially welcomed to Las Vegas on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lloyd D. George Courthouse (courtroom 6B), 333 Las Vegas Blvd.

On Wednesday, July 29, at 8:15 a.m., the visiting judges will see how the Eighth Judicial District Court handles civil and criminal cases at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. They will be presented…

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It’s really a case of East meets West and ancient meets modern, when an Open World, Rule of Law judicial delegation from Mongolia experiences an American model of justice in Las Vegas. The judges will be visiting from the ancient country situated between China and Russia to sit in on cases at the Eighth Judicial District Court civil and criminal divisions, tour the Family division and visit the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse. They will also hear from the professionals who make the justice system work. The delegation will be officially welcomed to Las Vegas on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lloyd D. George Courthouse (courtroom 6B), 333 Las Vegas Blvd.

On Wednesday, July 29, at 8:15 a.m., the visiting judges will see how the Eighth Judicial District Court handles civil and criminal cases at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. They will be presented ceremonial gavels before they see how District Court judges use technology to manage busy caseloads and dispense justice fairly and efficiently. On Thursday, July 30, at 9 a.m., the delegation will visit the Family Court at 601 N. Pecos Road. They will also tour Opportunity Village to see how they have become one of Southern Nevada’s most effective non-profits.

Open World is an exchange and partnership program designed to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between Eurasian and American leaders. It builds the groundwork for such cooperation by bringing emerging Eurasian civic, judicial and political leaders to the United States to work with their American counterparts during 10-day professional visits. It is administered by the Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress. This trip is sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada. The delegation will be led by Senior United States District Court Judge Lloyd D. George in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court, the U.S. Marshals and the Nevada Bar Association on a rigorous schedule that will provide an inside look at how the wheels of justice turn.

“I expect this to be a particularly interesting exchange with the Mongolian judges. There is such a striking contrast between our two nations,” said Judge George. “An outstanding program that is intended to foster mutual understanding between our nations and further the rule of law has been put together for this Open World delegation.”

The Mongolian judges will hear from representatives of the United States Attorney, Federal Public Defender, Nevada Supreme Court, District Attorney, Public Defender’s offices and the Attorney General’s office and will visit the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and  the Fennemore Craig law firm. They will be hosted for lunches by the Fremont and the Las Vegas Rotary Clubs. They will also get a snapshot of what Las Vegas has to offer when they shop; take in a show, the Fremont Street Experience, the MOB museum and a few hosted dinners in family settings at the homes of locals.

“It’s an honor for the Eighth Judicial District Court to participate in the Open World program,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “Our court has made great strides in using technology to advance access to justice. This is an opportunity to share what we’ve learned and hear what insight these judges bring.”

“The Open World program demonstrates that regardless of what country you are from, we have a lot more similarities than we have differences,” said Karen Whisenhunt. Open World, Rule of Law chair for the Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada and past-president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. Rotary is a worldwide service organization that has many programs and international projects promoting world peace and understanding.

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The Nevada Revised statutes mandate that medical and dental malpractice cases are adjudicated within two years after the date on which the action is filed (if the action is filed on or after October 1, 2005). Unless good cause is shown for the delay, if a party files a motion, the court shall, after due notice to the parties, dismiss the case. To help ensure that the statute is met, the Civil Division of District Court is hosting the annual medical and dental malpractice status check calendar on August 3, in courtroom 15D at the Regional Justice Center The calendar will start with older cases between A-07 and A-14 first at 8:30 a.m.; with a second session for A-14 to A-15 at 1 p.m. The court will attempt to set all med/mal cases not already scheduled.

Discover Commissioner Bonnie Bulla is available to address issues with Discovery and Medical Malpractice Presiding Judge Jerry Wiese II’s judicial executive assistant Tatyana Ristic will assist with other questions at 702-671-3633. Attorneys are asked to bring a list of their cases on which they will be appearing. To see the range of case numbers visit: http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/index.html. To see NRS 41A.061.1(b) visit: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-041A.html.

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Best pro bono work ever! That’s how attorney Kristin Brewer describer serving as a volunteer judge in the Truancy Diversion Program (TDP). At a recent luncheon, Brewer and other volunteers were given awards and honored for making a difference in the lives of young people. The program is in 70 elementary, middle and high schools and recently received a grant that will enable expanding to other schools.

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 are needed to volunteer approximately three hours each week to hold truancy court sessions at schools and meet individually with students and their parents; review the students’ attendance, school work, and progress to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful.

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.

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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