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Info about the Eighth Judicial District Court.

District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti gave four third grade classes from the Las Vegas Day School a great lesson on justice through mock trials. The students played the parts of judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, jurors and defendants. The mock trials: Big Bad Wolf vs. Curly Pig, and Three Bears vs. Goldilocks were scripted to offer lessons how cases move through court. The  students not only had fun with the mock trials, but they took away some valuable life-lessons on how the justice system works. Judge Togliatti was particularly impressed by the junior jurors, who payed close attention, took notes and deliberated in an organized and reasonable manner.

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On Monday, May 15, the legacy E-Filing system will be turned to read-only, and all new filings must be done by File and Serve. District Court E-filing has been upgraded with the highly anticipated File and Serve roll-out. The court held multiple training sessions at the Regional Justice Center, the Family Court campus and were made available to law firms.

Free webinars are still available. Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6244957033569706242 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits – Sign up for one of the webinars using the link above and you will receive Continuing Legal Education CLE credit.

Meanwhile, users can self-register for File and Serve by going to https://nevada.tylerhost.net/OfsWeb/

There are many advantages to File and Serve including: the Envelope Feature which enables the filer to bundle multiple filings (all must be same case number) into one envelope for just one $3.50 flat-fee. Filers can submit an Answer, Initial Appearance Fee Disclosure (IAFD) and Demand for Jury Trial in one envelope for a total of $3.50 thereby saving $7.00 on the cost of two documents (if filed separately).

The Issuing Summons feature enables the clerk to electronically issue Summons’ through the new site. Simply submit the Summons at the same time you submit the Complaint (using the envelope feature) and once the Clerk processes the Complaint and assigns a case number, the Summons can be issued. The Summons and Complaint will be returned to the filer ready to be served. These new features will cut steps and save the time previously required to present the Summons’ to the Clerk’s office for issuance after the case had been initiated and a case number assigned through electronic filing.

Defaults and Writs of Execution can also be submitted electronically for review and issuance saving a trip to the Clerk’s office.

Template Functionality enables users to easily set up reusable templates for common new case initiation as well as subsequent filings. This feature can be used to save time and ensure accurate filings.

The E-Check Feature enables payment with checking account information for only $1 per filing/envelope.

Webinars Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6244957033569706242 CLE Credits – Sign up for one of the webinars using the link above and you will receive CLE credit. Dates

May 16, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
May 26, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 30, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 15, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 27, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar

Training Videos

https://tylertech.egain.cloud/kb/nvh5/list/242400000011494

Further updates will be communicated as they develop.

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A joint Bench Bar meeting will be held Monday, May 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Regional Justice Center courtroom 10D, 200 Lewis Ave.  The meeting will offer information to help navigate legislative changes and should prove to be useful for those practicing probate, trust, and elder law. First on the agenda, is a legislative report to help attendees get up to speed on changes with guardianship. Recent Nevada Supreme Court decisions will be covered in the meeting and other hot topics will be discussed. Lunch will be sponsored by the Probate Section of the State Bar of Nevada.

Agenda:

Legislative report:

Dara Goldsmith report on Senate Judiciary Hearing May 8, 2017 AB 150 private professional guardians; AB 254 jurisdiction over trusts in guardianship matters; AB 288 protection of older persons; AB 319 guardianship of minors–proposed Chapter 159A, while adult guardianship cases remain governed by Chapter 159

Sections Bill AB 314—Alan Freer

Report on remaining Guardianship Bills (several have significant fiscal impact and are pending in the Finance committees)   See attached report

Other new business:

Supreme Court decision:  In re:  WN Connell and Marjorie T. Connell Living Trust,  133 Nev. Adv. Op. 19 (5/4/17)

Status of Graham BK claims/Reassigned cases—after Court Personnel leave

Section Reports

Probate Section—Elizabeth Brickfield

Elder Law Section—Cary Payne

Old business:

Questions or concerns about case transfers, RJC handicapped access, Guardianship Compliance; Probate Closures; Web Portal.

Probate/Discovery Commissioners:   Wes Yamashita (Jury Duty?) Bonnie Bulla

Guardianship issues:   Judges Potter, Ochoa, Sturman

Eighth District Court Rules (EDCR)

GUARDIANSHIP EDCR:  following the legislative session & Supreme Court Rules, revision of EDCR may be necessary, Judge Kishner, Chair of Rules Committee will discuss process.

Next meeting:

Bench Bar Probate Section June 12, 2017 (tentative SBN & video conference) Elder Law Section

Adjourn

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Four third grade classes will try Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf during two days of mock trials before District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti on May 10 at noon and 1 p.m., and May 11 at noon and 1 p.m. in courtroom 10C at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

Big Bad Wolf is scheduled to testify in the case on how his legendary bluster allegedly got out of hand. Goldilocks, charged with breaking and entering and robbery, will also take the stand in her own defense, sporting her trademark golden curls. The third graders from Las Vegas Day School, will wear costumes, act out roles and make their case in a real courtroom.

The court has been involved with doing mock trials as a way to teach students at early age about the justice system and what good and bad choices lead to. “These mock trials  will be a fun way to get third graders thinking about the justice system, their choices and about potential careers,” said Judge Togliatti. “It’s never too early to get children thinking about these things; they are lessons that will stay with them for a long time, and hopefully have a positive influence on them.”

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The May 9 Civil Bench Bar meeting will offer an inside look at the new Nevada Supreme Court at 408 E. Clark Ave. with a special tour from noon to 12:30 p.m.  Parking is available at the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. 4th Street, across from the NV Supreme Court).  Those who plan to attend should meet in the foyer of the Supreme Court Building at noon. The remainder of the meeting and lunch will then get underway at 12:30 p.m. in the Historic Fifth Street School Gallery.

On the agenda will be a review of Last Month’s NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:   

Petit v. Adrianzen, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 15 (April 13, 2017)

Honorable Catherine Ramsey v. The City of North Las Vegas,

133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 16 (April 13, 2017)

Solid v. The Eighth Judicial District Court, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 17
(April 27, 2017)

PERS v. Gitter, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 18 (April 27, 2017)

In re: Connell Living Trust, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 19 (May 4, 2017)

The meeting will conclude with discussion of hot topics and issues affecting civil practice.

Upcoming Dates/Events:

Criminal Judges’ Meeting, June 21, 2017 at 12:00 (noon); place 16C

Civil Judges’ Meeting: May 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Courtroom 15D

Civil Bench-Bar Meeting, June 13, 2017 at 12:00 (noon)

All-Judges Meeting, June 14, 2017, Courtroom 15

Family Judges Meeting, June 2, 2017

The investitures for our newest judges will be held at the Clark County Commission Chambers June 2, 2017 from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. with a reception at the Pyramid-cafeteria following the ceremony.

Business Court Bench/Bar quarterly meeting – TBD

State Bar Annual Meeting – June 29, 30 and July 1, 2017 – Austin, Texas

CCBA – Meet Your Judges Mixer – May 18, 2017 – Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Hearing Master Erin Lee Truman

After a thorough three-tiered recruitment process that included public input, Erin Lee Truman was selected to fill the hearing master post for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program.  Hearing Master Truman has been practicing law in Las Vegas since 1992. She most recently worked with the law firm of Hutchison & Steffen as head of the firm’s ADR department, acting as both a mediator and arbitrator, and with the firm’s insurance defense litigation team. She also served as a court-appointed arbitrator and short trial judge pro tempore in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Ms. Truman also served  as a privately retained mediator and arbitrator  with Bongiovi Dispute Resolution , and assisted in resolving numerous litigated cases and pre-litigation disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She served as Lead Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.  During her 14 year tenure with the company, she managed the employees in the Allstate and Encompass Insurance staff counsel litigation office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Alternative Dispute Resolution has proven to be a valuable program saving time and money by keeping cases moving efficiently through our court,” said Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “ Hearing Master Truman brings a wealth of experience that is well-suited to meet the growing significance of the court’s ADR program.”

Ms. Truman’s legal education began at J. Reuben Clark Law School- Brigham, where she received a Juris Doctor degree in 1991. Prior to law school, she attended Brigham Young University as a Trustee Scholar and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Management, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in 1988. She also attended the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at William S. Boyd School of Law for their Mediation Intersession Course.

“I am honored to be selected as Hearing Master for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. I have a strong belief in the importance of ADR, to benefit litigants, reduce costs of litigation, relieve burdened dockets and conserve judicial resources,” said Hearing Master Truman.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a program intended to settle legal cases. ADR typically involves neutral mediation, negotiation and/or arbitration.

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A new group of CASA volunteers will take an oath to speak on behalf of abused and neglected kids on Monday, May 8 at noon, at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. Approximately 3,200 children in the community are receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Many of them are in foster care. They are scared, lonely and intimidated by the system that they have been thrown into, through no fault of their own. CASA volunteers bring hope and stability to these children. This new class of 19 will advocate for 40 children.

There is a big need for CASAs in Clark County. Several opportunities are upcoming for people who want to have a positive impact on the life of a child. Those who want to help abused and neglected children are invited to one of the upcoming CASA orientations at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

“CASA volunteers have really have a significant impact on the lives of children for whom they advocate. We thank them for their commitment and invite those in our community who want to make a difference, to consider becoming a CASA.” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin.

There are 305 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for nearly 700 children in care, under the supervision of Family Court.   However, many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the remainder of the children in care. Last year, nearly one thousand children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, and deal with school challenges and home life.

“When children have a CASA, they have a voice. That voice helps to ensure they get the opportunities that every child deserves. When children have opportunity they have a shot at a bright future, which is good for the entire community,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who will administer the oath to the CASA volunteers. “Our goal is to have a CASA for every child in foster care. I invite the community to step forward and experience the fulfillment of speaking up for a child.”

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, family team meetings, and in court. Volunteering for the program involves a two-year commitment and a willingness to spend quality time with the children to advocate for them. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court Judges. 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.

 

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