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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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The medical/dental malpractice status check calendar (a.k.a. med/mal sweeps) will be held on Monday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., courtroom 15D. The calendar will be heard by Judge Jerry Wiese in numerical case number order, with the oldest case being heard first. Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla will be available to assist with Discovery questions.

Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – case A-07-547431-C through A-14-706851-C

1 p.m. – case A-14-707205-C through A-15-728500-C

The court will enforce NRS 41A.061.1 and set Chapter 41A professional negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed.

If you have questions regarding the status check calendar, call 702-671-3633. Please bring a list of the cases on which you expect to appear.

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He knows if you’ve been bad or good, and that’s a problem when he’s wearing a black robe. That was a lesson learned by Ebenezer Scrooge at the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court December meeting/training in courtroom 15D. Scrooge was put on trial for misdeeds and when he tried to snow Judge Clause he got slammed by Santa’s entries in the naughty book. The jolly judge called out others for past misdeeds and had a bit of fun ribbing justices and judges in attendance. Ultimately, he wiped the slate clean for lawyers who hadn’t been so nice, but made it to the meeting.

Those in the gallery got a few lessons on the law surrounding issues of the Scrooge case. The trial was a fun way to review legal tips. After Scrooge got probation, Hope for Prisoners founder Jon Ponder gave a presentation on the program that provides mentors to recently released prisoners to help them re-integrate after incarceration. He was then honored by the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court.

The mission of the Inns of Court is to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring.  Hope for Prisoners is a program that shares a similar mission in helping men, women and young adults successfully enter the workforce, the community and to successfully re-unite with their families. Hope for Prisoners is a non-profit organization that truly makes an impact in helping individuals in become a productive member of society.

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E-filing

E-filing has made a lot of practices easier and more efficient in the District Court. Processes are about to improve even more with some highly anticipated upgrades coming early next year.

Some of the new features that will translate into savings for our e-filers include:

  • An envelope feature that offers the ability to bundle multiple filings of the same case together for one transaction fee.
  • The ability for the Clerks’ Office to issue Summons, Defaults and Writs electronically.

Beta testing of the upgrades will be underway for the next few months, to ensure that the new upgrades are ready for prime-time. Attorneys who are interested in participating in the beta-testing should email wendelb@clarkcountycourts.us.

Public Access

Also early next year, District Court will take over the responsibility for the overall administration of Public Access through a new portal with access to all case types. This decision creates an opportunity for the court to evaluate costs associated with accounts and possibly further reduce those costs. Presently, costs are being assessed on a month-by-month basis. That is likely to change to a flat yearly fee that will save users money. Cost reduction is definitely good news. There are other benefits that those who use DAP and Attorney Corner can look forward to including:

  • Merging of all access of all case types into one site/one account
  • Mobile/tablet friendly
  • Improved search functionality

The transition to an electronic court has been a process that continues to evolve and improve. The District Court is committed to improving efficiencies to make it easier and more cost effective to do business with the court. As District Court gets further along in the process, we’ll keep you posted.

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