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The revamped Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med-Mal Sweeps, held on Aug. 7 went swiftly and smoothly with 155 cases calendared.  The only cases called were the new cases which were never previously set for trial, and cases reassigned from the four newly designated homicide departments.  We set for trial all of the new med-mal cases for which complaints were filed on or before June 5 and had a JCCR filed. In total, 58 trial dates were either re-set or set for the first time.

“It’s nice that we were able to further streamline the med-mal process using new guidelines set out by Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez,” said Judge Jerry Wiese, who presided over the sweeps. “We are providing attorneys with the assistance they need by helping them to avoid having too many trials set on top of each other. At the same time, we are providing the District Court judges the ability to manage their own calendars.”

The court is enforcing NRS 41.A.061.1 and attempting to set all Chapter 41A Professional Negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed.

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ImageThe Eighth Judicial District Court has been alerted to a resurgence of a scam relating to jury service. Individuals falsely identifying themselves have been phoning Clark County citizens claiming that the victims need to pay a fine or appear before a judge for failure to appear for jury service. The scammers then attempt to get funds from the victims, often asking for debit card information.

Residents should be advised that these phone calls are not coming from court officials, nor are the calls authorized or in any way approved by the court. Residents are advised not to disclose any personal or financial information to a caller claiming to collect funds for missed jury service, and should report the matter to law enforcement officials for investigation. A key red-flag is the request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.

“I want to make it clear that the court never solicits money on the telephone and I urge residents to report suspicious calls to law enforcement,” said District Court Chief Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “Jury service is a pillar of the American justice system. Judges value the jury service of our citizens and it is unfortunate that criminals try to exploit those who are unable to serve.”

Many of the victims have been senior citizens. It is optional for those over the age of 70 to serve on a jury. The District Court website offers information on jury service at Those who have received a summons can reschedule jury service online at A jury phone line is also available at 702-455-4472 (callers should remain on the line for the operator).

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court is one of the busiest courts in the nation. Fifty-two judges preside over approximately 100,000 criminal, civil and family cases that are filed each year in District Court. The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court judges and staff continuously work to develop new ideas, maximize efficiencies and improve access to justice. For more information about the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, please visit our website at


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Newly Minted CASA Volunteers

New CASA volunteers were sworn in this week. More volunteers are needed (especially men) to give children in foster care a voice. Past volunteers shared how rewarding the experience can be. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit or Facebook at!/CASALasVegas.

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Attorneys had the attention of 13 judges at Civil Bench Bar

An open exchange gave attorneys the opportunity to get issues and questions on the table.

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There are so many young people in our community who need someone to speak up for them, they need an advocate.  It can be tough enough to navigate going to school and making the grade when all is well in life.  Unfortunately, so many kids in our community have no great role models or people who care.  Through no fault of their own, there is no real family to serve as role model, caretaker or anything else. There are thousands of kids in foster care who have been through a lot and have been shuffled around, a lot. You can help. You can volunteer to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA for short).  Family Court is preparing to swear in around 20 graduates of the advocate training program this month; but it is not nearly enough volunteers to cover the more than 2000 foster kids in our community.  More people are needed to advocate for them in school and other areas.  CASA volunteers are really making a difference, really helping young people stay on track and accomplish goals. For those interested in volunteering with CASA, monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of each month to provide more information about the program. Upcoming CASA orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit or Facebook at!/CASALasVegas.


Is Santa Claus living in Las Vegas?  Will there be a miracle at Third and Carson Streets? The Howard D. McKibben Inns of Court, in conjunction with the Eighth Judicial District Court, will be conducting a hearing to test the competency of a man who claims he is Santa Claus. It’s well known that anybody who’s anybody comes to Las Vegas; why not the jolliest elf? This self-proclaimed Las Vegas Santa is locally known as Jon Hoolihan. His claims will be put to the test to see if they hold up in court on December 10, at 5:15 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. courtroom 15D. The competency case is being put on by the Inns of Court and is intended to be a fun way to convey some important information about the issues surrounding competency cases. The event will start with refreshments and a 20-minute educational session on issue of mental competency. A 40-minute competency hearing will commence at 5:45 p.m. “Mental competency is a serious issue in our community. Looking at it from this unique perspective enables us consider challenging issues from new angles that will help us to better address the question,” said Judge Susan Johnson who worked on putting the hearing together. The Inns of Court is a professional legal organization with the goal to communicate a culture of excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and skills to the legal community and generally. The event will also be a time for collecting donations for The Shade Tree – a shelter located in ClarkCounty that provides critical services to the children, mothers, and pets affected by domestic violence. 

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Judge Timothy Williams took lawyers to school to give Canyon Spring High School students an education on a real short trial. The judge used a civil short trial as a teaching tool for students in the high school law magnet program. “A short trial provides the perfect educational experience for students, because it takes all the elements of a complex trial and distills it down to one day,” said Judge Williams. “The opportunity to show students the legal process and give them first-hand experience is a wonderful teaching tool for the District Court and the Clark County School District.”

Short trials are used to resolve civil cases in one day. In a short trial, each party is limited to three hours to present their case and the jury is composed of four or six members rather than eight. Short trials have proven to be a cost effective way to resolve many civil cases that may be less complicated or lower in dollar value than others.

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