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An army of volunteers descended on Cashman Center on Nov. 14 to provide services to thousands of Valley homeless at Project Homeless Connect. The Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division set up a court on-site. Judge Linda Marquis set sixty-day hearings and quashed warrants for 28 cases with homeless parents who had fallen behind on child-support payments and needed time to get their finances in order. The court Information Technology Division created automated Orders specific to Project Homeless Connect and set up the makeshift courtroom at Cashman.

“This event was a big undertaking. Although it was District Court’s first year participating in this annual event, we made a huge impact,” said District Court Judge Linda Marquis, who presided over the hearings at the event. “I am proud of the District Court team that set up and supported the infrastructure that enabled us to hand litigants signed, file-stamped orders that quashed warrants and set return dates. The signed orders served as proof the litigants’ warrants had been quashed.  Those Orders enabled them to qualify for services from providers on-site.“

“Having a warrant is a roadblock to getting a job, finding a place to live or accomplishing other basics that help people live productive lives,” said Judge Charles Hoskin, who presides over the Family Division. “Judge Marquis spearheaded District Court participation in Project Homeless Connect to help give homeless parents an opportunity to turn things around. Judge Marquis’ work and commitment on this event are appreciated.”

Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an annual service and resource event for those experiencing homelessness or those who are at-risk of becoming homeless. The intent is to bring needed services in one, easily accessed location to help individuals overcome barriers to housing and self–sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Civil attorneys can stay cool, get updated on court news and grab lunch at the District Court Civil Bench-Bar meeting on Aug. 8 at noon in courtroom 3A at the Regional Justice Center.

Judge Jim Crockett will lead a discussion on minors’ compromises and inter-pleader actions. Judge Gloria Sturman will take on the topic of EDCR 2.22. Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla will offer up important information on Discovery.  And Judge Allf will lead a discussion on possible standard protocols for electronic discovery.

Also on the agenda is a review of July Nevada Supreme Court Civil Decisions including:

Rural Telephone Co. v. Public Utilities Commission, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53 (August 3, 2017)

Peter Gardner v. Henderson Water Park, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54    (August 3, 3017)

LN Management LLC v. Green Tree Loan Servicing, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55 (August 3, 2017)

City of Sparks v. Reno Newspapers, Inc., 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56 (August 3, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

K&P Homes v. Christiana Trust, 133 Nev. Ad. Op. No. 51 (July 27, 2017)

Renfroe v. Lakeview Loan Serv., LLC, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 50 (July 27, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

If you can’t make the Aug. 8 meeting, schedule the upcoming Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 noon Civil Bench-Bar meetings that will offer special presentations and an opportunity to get the latest news that can impact your civil practice. Bench-Bar meetings are a great way to get current information about the court and to get questions or issues addressed with the bench.

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Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) volunteers who commit to a school-year of weekly truancy diversion court sessions on a Clark County School District (CCSD) campus will be recognized on Friday, June 9 at 1 p.m. to be held at the Ballroom at Main Street Station 200 N. Main Street. Each of the volunteers will be given an award and the opportunity to share their experiences of helping students attain and education.

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 CCSD. “The volunteer Truancy Diversion Judges are playing an important role in addressing the significant issue of truancy in Clark County. They listen to the kids, hear their issues, encourage and motivate them. The volunteers help students to overcome challenges and work to succeed,” said Judge Elliott. “The attorneys and other professionals who volunteer as judges find it very rewarding to help these students get on track to graduate. I invite attorneys, mental health professionals and law enforcement officers to be part of the solution to the significant problem of truancy in our schools.”

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.

“The Truancy Diversion volunteers are making a difference by conveying the importance of school and motivating the students to graduate,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “The challenges the TDP volunteers are addressing with the students now, improve the students’ odds for success down the line.”

Judges, attorneys, mental health professionals and law enforcement officers volunteer approximately three hours each week to 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 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 Clark County schools have a TDP program.

If you are a licensed attorney, mental health professional or law enforcement officer and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this Specialty Court program please call 702-455-1755. The Family Court youth programs are a great example of how the Eighth Judicial District Court is using alternative, efficient methods to address crime and ensure justice. District Court continuously works to develop innovative ideas, improve efficiency, address issues and improve access to justice.

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OathtightThree new District Court judges will pronounce their judicial oath to uphold justice in our community on June 2 at 2:30 p.m., at an investiture ceremony at the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers, 500 Grand Central Pkwy. In front of family, friends and fellow jurists, District Court Judge Tierra Jones, District Court Judge Mark Bailus, and District Court Judge David M. Jones will receive their judicial robes and swear an oath to uphold the law.

“Each of these new jurists have excelled professionally. I believe that their depth of experience will serve them well as they preside over the complex and challenging cases of the Eighth Judicial District Court,” said Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

  • Judge Tierra Jones is serving in District Court Dept. 10 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 14B with a civil/criminal docket.
  • Judge Mark Bailus will serve in District Court Dept. 18 in the Phoenix Bldg.11th floor courtroom with a civil docket.
  • Judge David Jones is serving in District Court Dept. 29 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 3B with a civil docket.

Judge Tierra Jones leaves a post as a deputy district attorney for Clark County to take the bench. She also served as a district attorney in Nye County and public defender in Clark County. Judge Jones is from  Hawthorne, Nevada. She attended University of Nevada, Reno and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law.

Judge Mark Bailus takes the bench after working in private practice with a focus on complex civil and criminal litigation and appeals at the law firm of Bailus Cook & Kelesis, Ltd.  Judge Bailus’ professional experience also includes a partnership in the law firm of Cherry Bailus & Kelesis, serving as general counsel for Nevada Beverage Company and as an attorney with the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office.  Further, he was on the Ombudsperson Panel to represent the deceased family and public at the Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review hearings. Judge Bailus is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Judge David Jones is a Las Vegas native and Valley High School graduate. He attended Arizona State University. After graduation, Judge Jones taught Government, World and U.S. History at Rancho High School. After several years as a teacher, Judge Jones attended University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating with honors. Judge Jones’ professional experience includes a long-term partnership at Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, et al., and a partnership at the law firm of Lewis Brisbois. He was also the managing attorney for the Plaintiff based firm of David Allen & Associates. His work includes presiding over short-trials, mediation and arbitration, and the Truancy Diversion Program.

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Judge Joanna Kishner and Judge Susan Johnson will swap courtrooms to accommodate what is expected to be a year-long civil trial. On April 17, the One Queensridge Place Homeowners Association vs. Perini Building Company trial is scheduled to get underway. Judge Kishner will preside in 15D and Judge Susan Johnson will preside in 12B. The swap makes use of the larger courtroom to accommodate large legal teams with enhanced IT needs. Large racks have also been added to accommodate millions of exhibits.

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A ribbon-cutting marked the official opening for the new courthouse for the Supreme Court of Nevada and the Nevada Court of Appeals on March 27.   A who’s-who of officials were present for the celebration that took place on the same day that the Raiders NFL team announced they were moving to Las Vegas. The mood was jovial, and at one point a caravan of Raider revelers drove near honking and celebrating.  It was a perfect launch for the latest addition to the downtown “corridor of justice.” The new courthouse at 408 E. Clark Ave. was completed in just 14 months. Justice James Hardesty, credited for directing construction was given a standing ovation for his work on the project.

According to a ribbon-cutting program, the new courthouse is intended to reflect the importance of the building’s use and the permanence of justice. The Supreme Court courtroom in the basement of Library of Congress in Washington, DC was the inspiration for much of the design. The front doors are bronze and were inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

The courthouse was constructed using quality materials and fine detail.  The 17 counties in Nevada and state and Nevada Supreme Court seals are carved in stone on the eaves. Lady Justice tops a copper dome with her sword at the ready to strike down injustice.  There are many other details that make this building special; but to do it justice, you have to see it.

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