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It is reported that Clark County graduation rates are on the rise for the second year. The District Court Truancy Diversion/Keeping Kids in School program has been working with the Clark County School District and other community organizations  toward the goal of improving graduation rates to ensure a brighter future for students in Clark County.

The Eighth Judicial District Court administers the Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) in collaboration with the Clark County School District (CCSD), the Nevada State Public Charter School and the Achievement School District. More than 1,600 students participated in the truancy diversion program in the 2017/2018 school year. The Truancy Diversion Program uses volunteers who motivate students to stay in school and graduate. The volunteers visit their designated school accompanied by a TDP facilitator for approximately three hours each week to hold truancy court sessions at schools. They promote and support academic achievement using a team approach to an individual student success plan involving students and their parents. They review the students’ attendance, school work, and progress to ensure that they have the resources needed to be successful.

Keeping Kids in School Summits hosted by the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority and the Clark County School District have been held over the past two years to bring those involved in education, justice and youth services together to cover techniques to safeguard the rights of vulnerable youth.

District Court Judge William Voy currently oversee the TDP. “As a judge who hears juvenile cases, I see firsthand the importance of education and graduation,” said Judge Voy. “The Truancy Diversion Program has proven to be an effective, non-punitive, incentive-based approach to re-engage at-risk students with truancy problems. It is a proactive way to prevent and reduce youth crime and avert potential costs to our welfare and justice systems.”

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“The 8th JDC is operating a coordinated family division model at a scale that places it in a league of its own based on the breadth of case types it oversees,” reports the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges after an eight-month evaluation of the Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division. “Many challenges exist but NCJJ also documented a parade of strengths that other jurisdictions could benefit from emulating.” 

The independent evaluation was significant, with site-specific findings and recommendations for the Eighth Judicial District Court that include:

  • “The 8th JD Family Division is a progressive jurisdiction with regard to the use of administrative data systems and technology. They are enabling the generation of judicial orders in the courtroom, implementing 1J/1F case assignment, online dispute resolution and online TPO filing and strategies to enable judges/judicial teams to compose court orders for routine hearings and distribute at the conclusion of the hearing. It is the first jurisdiction that NCJJ has encountered with the capacity to use its data systems and information technology capacity to explore the inter-relationships of cases for families with multiple legal matters presented to the court over time. We view this strength as critical for operating Nevada’s coordinated family division model in a large, rapidly growing jurisdiction.”
  • “The commitment to provide non-adversarial procedures for family case resolution is strong in the 8th JDC, with a vision to meet the needs of families that are increasingly comfortable with online applications and dispute resolution tools.”
  • “The 8th JDC Family Division is exceptionally busy and operating at a lean staffing level when compared to other comparably sized jurisdictions such as family courts serving Kings County (Brooklyn) and Queens County in New York City, which have up to twice the overall judicial offer resource to hear similar range of case types. Nonetheless, the court’s leadership over the past five years is addressing the points of greatest stress. Sometimes the efforts are locally driven and other times they are in coordination with the Supreme Court of Nevada.”
  • “The pressures of an antiquated facility footprint designed for a jurisdiction half its current size is undeniable for Clark County. Family division administration is focused on extending the facility life and addressing safety concerns, while addressing the space allocation for self-represented parties and temporary protective order triage. During interviews, there were many critics and legitimate concerns, but the NCJJ team left with the impression that the court administration is focused on solutions until a long-term decision is made.”

“This assessment confirms that the Family Division is doing great work and implementing innovative programs that provide for the effective and efficient administration of justice,” said Presiding Family Division Judge Bryce Duckworth. “The assessment acknowledges that our Family Division is exceptionally busy and operating at ‘a lean staffing level when compared to other comparatively sized jurisdictions’ and notes that the Court’s leadership is ‘addressing the points of greatest stress.’ We should be proud of the work that is performed in the Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court. Nevertheless, we welcome the constructive feedback offered in the assessment and recognize the need to continue to look for ways to improve the services that we offer families in our community. We look forward to addressing the challenges identified in the full report and the site-specific findings and recommendations.”

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Nevada policy makers had a vision for addressing the needs of families in court in a coordinated manner. After a referendum on an amendment to the state Constitution, an ambitious coordinated family division model in judicial districts serving populations over 100, 000 people was implemented. The goal of the recent independent evaluation, conducted between January and August of this year in Clark and Washoe counties, was to determine if family court was meeting expectations of families and lawmakers, following state and local courts rules, and resolving legal disputes timely and effectively. Research was done through phone interviews, electronic surveys, and site visits.  To download the full report, visit  According to the report, “There is a commitment to make sure that the case of the most vulnerable especially children are a priority for resource allocations.”

“The findings from this independent evaluation demonstrate that despite population increase and tremendous caseload growth that have stressed resources, through strategic evaluation, planning, work, commitment and effective use of technology the Eighth Judicial District Family Division has made great progress and is viewed as model for other courts. The study also makes apparent  there is a crucial  need to upgrade facilities to maintain adequate service to the public,” said Chief Judge Linda Marie Bell. “I applaud the work that has been accomplished by judges and staff to ensure that the community is being served in an effective and efficient manner that is in the best interests of families, especially given the less than optimum facilities and short staffing.”

The study was conducted over eight months by the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The study’s purpose was to identify the high-level areas in which the coordinated family division operating models for juvenile and family law are meeting legislative goals.

The NCJJ study affirms that Nevada has a unique and ambitious vision for how courts should work for families in crisis. Nevada’s coordinated family division model brought together over 20 different case types in the juvenile and family law areas under one roof. The charge is to coordinate everything from divorces and child custody and child support, through child abuse and neglect matters and delinquency, to adult and juvenile guardianships, name changes and involuntary mental health commitment hearings.

The National Center for Juvenile Justice, located in Pittsburgh, Penn., is the oldest juvenile justice research group in the U.S., having conducted national and sub-national studies on crime and delinquency since 1973.

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The princess with the fairy godmother. Eighth Judicial District Court family Judge Cynthia Giuliani transformed into a fairy godmother to make adoptions dream come true for 21 children on Halloween.

Halloween and court can be a scary for kids, but not in Nevada Eighth Judicial District Family Division Judge Cynthia Giuliani’s court. She will suit-up as a fairy godmother to grant adoption dreams for 14 children on Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. until noon at Family Court, 601 N. Pecos Road, in courtroom 22. What has become an annual Halloween event, is a way to make the experience fun and memorable for families, while raising awareness for the big need for adoptive families in our community. Participating families are invited to wear costumes if they like.

“The costumes take the fright factor out of coming to court for the kids and make it fun. I hope that people who may be able to offer a stable and loving home see this and think about adoption,” said Judge Giuliani. “We hope to touch hearts by showing the joy of these new families.”

The District Court Family Division is involved in other special adoption events, including an annual adoption day marathon which is scheduled this year for Nov. 21 and will include seven Family Division judges. “This is the eighth year that Judge Giuliani’s unique approach has raised awareness for the joy that comes from adoption,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Bryce Duckworth. “There are many children in our community who need a loving and stable home in which to thrive. We hope families that can provide love and stability consider making the adoption wishes of these children come true.”

At any given time, there are around 100 children in Clark County in need of an adoptive family. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail


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The Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas has grown in beauty and evolved. Family and friends have poured their heavy hearts into beautiful tributes to their lost loved ones as they try to cope with their loss.


Healing Garden in Las Vegas

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Nevada Attorney General speaks from heart link:

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke from the heart and got “vulnerable” with 36 specialty court grads about going from tough times and tough neighborhoods to being the top law enforcement officer for the state. He spoke about challenges he faced and overcame to achieve success. The attorney general said, “We all make mistakes,” later adding, “Some of us make bad decisions.” After sharing his own challenges he said, “You have been given an opportunity through these programs to reintegrate into our society; and as you do that you can accomplish goals.”

The graduates included those from veterans’, mental health, felony DUI, adult drug court, the transitional age program, the OPEN program, and drug court were individually recognized by their presiding judge with a certificate of completion, a special graduation coin and cake. Each of the grads have successfully completed an intensive treatment program aimed at addressing the root-causes of addiction.

Four veterans were included in the graduates. The graduates each received a Quilt of Valor from the Las Vegas chapter of the organization. The Quilt of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003, by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts from her sewing room. The local chapter of Quilt of Valor meets the second Friday of the month at 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 105 to make the quilts. Volunteers are always welcome; no quilting experience is necessary. For more information call 702-357-0377.

Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens.

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The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court is accepting application for a specialty courts coordinator. The closing date for application is Sept. 17, 2019 at 5:01 p.m.

The job requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavior Sciences or a related field AND two (2) years of full-time experience in the direct provision of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment services. Applicants must possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment. Must possess a valid license or internship as CADC or LADC in the State of Nevada. If interested, please CLICK HERE to visit the Clark County Website to apply.

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