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Today, Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell issued Administrative Order 20-16 that orders face coverings and social distancing at court facilities:

“On May 7, 2020, Governor Sisolak entered Declaration of Emergency Directive 018, which directs employers to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing and sanitation guidelines and to follow guidelines promulgated by the Nevada State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NV OSHA).” 

“With these guidelines in mind, this Court finds it necessary to exercise its ministerial judicial power and after consultation with the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, orders as follows:

FACE COVERINGS

  1. All members of the public who enter court facilities must wear face coverings.
  2. All court employees must wear face coverings inside court facilities unless they are alone in unshared work space.
  3. Attorneys, vendors, and employees of any organization or entity who work in the Regional Justice Center building, the Family Court building, or other court facilities must wear face coverings while in any common areas of the facilities, including elevators and courtrooms.  This includes, but is not limited to, employees of Las Vegas Municipal Court, Las Vegas Justice Court, Legal Aid Self-Help Centers, Clark County Clerk’s Main Office, Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Clark County Public Defender’s Office, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Clark County Department of Family Services, and contract counsel.
  4. Children under the age of two and individuals who are unable to remove the face covering without assistance do not have to comply with the above-referenced face covering directives. Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering for court should make arrangements to appear by alternative means.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Judges and Court Administration must adhere to the social distancing space plans as diagramed by Real Property Management at the request of the District Court. The plans will be provided separately.
  • Court employees must ensure they maintain proper social distancing while at work and during breaks.
  • Public elevators at court facilities must be limited to four individuals at a time to prevent crowding.  

This order shall be reviewed no later than every 30 days and shall remain in effect  until modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.”

To see Administrative Order 20-16 in its entirety visit

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What's Going On

A lot is happening in the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court during the Coronavirus pandemic. Since Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency on March 12, a tremendous amount of work has been done to enable court business to move forward by alternate means.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell has issued 14 administrative orders so far. The orders cover the immense accommodations made to enable the court to continue doing business in a safe and effective manner.

All the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court orders related to COVID-19 can  be found in one searchable chart at AOsummaryChart1_14 Once in the document, press cont F and enter a key word to search.

On April 30, Governor Steve Sisolak released his Roadmap to Recovery NEVADA UNITED – ROADMAP TO RECOVERY (3).

A call center at 702-455-4472 is taking calls to assist with rescheduling court appearance, arranging for appearance by alternative means or provide other information based on the circumstances of the appearance.

To schedule a remote hearing or learn what options are available visit: HTTP://WWW.CLARKCOUNTYCOURTS.US/VIRTUAL/

All Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court administrative orders related to COVID-19 can also be found on the court website: HTTP://WWW.CLARKCOUNTYCOURTS.US/GENERAL/COURT-RULES-AND-ADMINISTRATIVE-ORDERS/#ADMINISTRATIVE%20ORDERS

The following  was issued from the office of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak: Declaration of Emergency Directive 009 (Revised).4-01-20 (2)

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warrantgraphic

Search warrants, wiretaps and pen registers that capture phone numbers are an essential time-sensitive aspect of law enforcement and are a key element in many criminal cases. In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Eighth Judicial District Court Administrative Order 20-14 Electronic Filing of Applications for Search Warrants and Court Orders Nevada law allows for a peace officer to apply for a search warrant remotely through secure electronic transmission.

“In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Eighth Judicial District Court has implemented a series of administrative orders to implement social distancing, encouraged remote appearances, and suspended requirements to provide paper copies of documents,” District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell wrote in Administrative Order 20-14. “To continue to work efficiently and effectively and protect the health and wellbeing of our community through social distancing, I find that the District Court must streamline its process to electronically review applications for and issue search warrants, and to review applications for and issue orders for pen registers, trap and trace, stored communications, and communication interception.”

Additionally, the District Attorney and Attorney General or their deputies, supported by an affidavit of a peace officer, can apply to the district court for an order authorizing using a pen register, using a trap and trace device, or intercepting communications (wiretaps).

A judge may accept an electronic copy of the signature of any person required to give an oath or affirmation as part of an application submitted pursuant to this section as an original signature of the application.  In addition to warrants, pens and wiretaps, the Stored Communications Act allows for applications for orders for certain kinds of communications information. The collective group of items seeking information through the court order will now be referred to as “surveillance orders.”

Given the current health crisis and the law supporting electronic processing of warrants and surveillance orders, all law enforcement agencies applying for warrants or surveillance orders with a judge of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court shall do so electronically. Returns and orders will also be filed electronically as set out in Administrative Order 20-14. The applications must be made through a secure electronic transmission procedure. This new process will eliminate the need for in-person signatures and eliminate other logistical challenges, resulting in an expedited process that could save an estimated time of two hours per surveillance order.

All Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court administrative orders related to COVID-19 can  be found on the court website: HTTP://WWW.CLARKCOUNTYCOURTS.US/GENERAL/COURT-RULES-AND-ADMINISTRATIVE-ORDERS/#ADMINISTRATIVE%20ORDERS

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AO1605

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court issued a new administrative order related to destruction of certain physical evidence. The Order gives direction to law enforcement agencies regarding evidence destruction in the wake of statutory changes to NRS Chapter 52.

View the order and related procedure on the court website:

Click to access AO%2016-05.pdf

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