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Monthly Archives: February 2016


The Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division is now accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as pro tem hearing masters in domestic violence/TPO, child support/paternity, mental commitment, minor guardianship, juvenile delinquency, discovery and truancy courts. This recruitment occurs on a regular basis to ensure that there are trained attorneys available to assist the court in these roles.

All those interested are required to submit an application (regardless of prior service as a pro tem hearing master). Applications from interested attorneys are due on or before April 8, 2016.

Attorneys who apply should be aware that those who are selected will be required to complete specific training, prior to sitting as a pro tem hearing master. They should also be aware of opinions of the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices, including Opinions JE99-004 and JE 04-003.

Attorneys who are interested in applying for the first time or in continuing as a pro tem, should contact Debbie Rose at or 702-455-4622 to receive an application. Applications will be reviewed with selections made after the closing date. Applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted and, if accepted, when their training will occur.

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A message from Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge David Barker:

Dear members of the Bar:

As reflected in Administrative Order 16-03, effective March 14, 2016, all Business Court cases currently assigned to Department 29 will be reassigned to Department 15, and Department 1 5 will replace Department 29 for all future Business Court assignments until further notice.

In the interest of fiscal and environmental conservation, the list of civil cases affected by the upcoming reassignment is being made available to you electronically via the link labeled” March 2016 Business Court Reassignments under “Court News” at Please visit the link to determine whether your case will be affected.

Current trial dates will be maintained unless rescheduled by the receiving department. Please review the posted administrative order and the Odyssey electronic case management system for further specifics on the aforementioned transfers and to confirm upcoming hearing dates. In the event you are eligible pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 48.1, you may exercise a peremptory challenge as a result of your case having been reassigned.

The Court greatly appreciates your participation in accommodating this reassignment. Please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Court Administrator Timothy Andrews at 702-671-3312, should you have any questions.

Best regards,

David Barker

Chief Judge

To view the list visit: (scroll down to view the list).

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The Tuesday Civil Bench Bar at noon, in courtroom 15D at the RJC, will be an opportunity to get food for thought and actual food while you’re doing it. The lineup of topics will include Nevada Supreme Court Civil decision review and what they mean to those practicing civil law. Discussions will include: NRCP 1.90—judges’ management of caseloads and other important topics on your mind.

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For several years running, a new scam surfaces around this time of year, that falsely uses the name of the court or a judge to steal money from some of the most vulnerable in our community. This time, the scammers targeted at least one disabled woman and others. Through a phone call, a scammer claimed he was with the sheriff’s department; that the intended victim had a warrant for skipping jury duty and needed to pay up on a $2,500 bond. The scammer gave a fake name, a bogus badge number and even offered up a phone number. He added that the victim missed a court date with a District Court judge, and instructed her to go the grocery store to get a pre-paid form of payment for the bond.

“The community must remain vigilant to protect themselves and guard their personal information and financial resources from these scams that continue to re-surface,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “I commend those who reported this scam for their actions and advise others who receive suspicious solicitations to report them to law enforcement.”

Other scams tried in the past, made via telephone, mail or e-mail, have included fake judgments that required money, and an assortment of phony warrant scams. The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Many of their victims are seniors on a fixed income and just want to stay on the right side of the law. Potential victims should independently verify all claims, and thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that asks for money.



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Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, Attorney Pat Chapin, chairman of the ADR section of the State Bar with Commissioner Beecroft for recognition of timer donation.

In a short trial, time is of the essence: one day, three hours for each side. It’s a tight schedule that must be followed; that’s why timers are needed. Time was set aside in a recent civil judges meeting to show appreciation for time-clocks donated by the ADR Section of the Nevada State Bar for the Short Trial Program. Attorney Pat Chapin, chairman of the ADR section of the State Bar, said a few words at the request of Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. The timers are used to keep attorneys within their allotted time, to keep the short trials short.

The short trial program has a successful track-record of resolving cases. In 2015, 496 cases resolved with 76 of those cases going to short trial. If parties are looking for a fast-track resolution that falls within a $50,000 per plaintiff cap, and they feel it appropriate, they can stipulate to enter their case in short trial program at any time or request that their judge hear the case as a short trial. Short trials have a four-juror panel (the parties can stipulate to more than 4 jurors).

Short Trial rules can be found on the court website . Other information can be obtained by calling the Alternative Dispute Resolution office at 702-671-4493.

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Attorneys, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, retired teachers and other qualified applicants are invited to join the movement to improve graduation rates in Clark County. The Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) is looking to expand its successful program and needs volunteers to serve as school judges to meet with kids, guide them toward available resources and motivate the students.

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).

“I invite attorneys, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and retired teachers to be part of the solution to the significant problem of truancy in our schools,” said Judge Elliott. “The volunteer judges are guiding struggling students toward solutions and motivating them to graduate so they have future opportunities for college or a career.”

Clark County reported over 240,000 truant children for school-year 2014-2015.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 volunteer approximately two hours each week and hold truancy court sessions at schools where they meet 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 over 80 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 336 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 encourage those in the legal profession who are looking to do something meaningful in the community to consider being a truancy diversion judge,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “Those who have volunteered report being very gratified at the positive influence they have had on struggling youth.”

If you are a licensed attorney, mental health professional, law enforcement officer, retired teacher or other qualified applicant and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this Specialty Court program, please contact DeNeese Parker at 702-321-2410 or and/or Kimberly Alexander at 702-455-1755 or

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After recently receiving approval from the Nevada Supreme Court, District Court is taking over the responsibility for the overall administration of public access through a single portal with access to all case types. The court plans to change the remote access fee from the current monthly or annual fee to a lower annual flat fee that will save users money. Access to view electronic documents will still be available at no cost at the Clerk’s Office and to permit anyone to order copies of documents in accordance with NRS 19.013.

Remote access is currently provided in two different platforms, based upon the division in which the case is pending (DAP for cases in the Civil/Criminal Division and Attorney Corner for those in the Family Division). This access will continue for those who choose to utilize that service, rather than utilizing the Clerk’s Office kiosks. Due to remote access issues for sealed cases, the court will still need to create individual accounts but can bundle those charges per firm.

The proposed schedule of charges for this remote access is:

1 user                    $100.00 annually.

2 – 5 users            $200.00 annually.

6 – 10 users           $350.00 annually.

Other upgrades are on the way including:

  • An envelope feature that offers the ability to bundle multiple filings of the same case together for one transaction fee.
  • The Clerk’s Office will issue Summons, Defaults and Writs electronically.
  • PDF’s – Users will have the ability to save and share documents in case files as PDF’s; a capability that has been highly requested and anticipated.

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The Med Mal Sweeps offered up a slam dunk performance this year with more than 352 cases calendared.  Attorneys, court staff and Judge Jerry Wiese came ready to do business and get it done. Ninety percent of the cases in the sweeps got a trial date that meets either the old 2-year, or the newer 3-year statutory requirement (unless the parties waived).  Cases set were from all 22 departments that handle professional negligence cases that include medical/ dental malpractice.