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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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District Court E-filing is getting upgraded with the highly anticipated File and Serve roll-out beginning in April. The roll-out is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. Once File and Serve is activated, the former system will continue to be available for approximately 30 days.

Further updates will be communicated as they develop. The court will hold training sessions at the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court campus. Law firms or those who are unable to make one of the sessions can make arrangements for one-on-one training. Details on how to request this training will be announced prior to April 17. A training video is also available at https://tylertech.egain.cloud/kb/nvh5/list/242400000011494

Free webinars are also 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 so that you are ready to start filing on April 17 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.

Important  Dates: April 17 File and Serve will be available for new filings.

May 15 The legacy E-Filing system will be turned to read only and all new filings must be done by File and Serve.

Training Dates Training
April 19 thru April 21 Remote training at firms available
April 21, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
April 21, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
April 26, 2017 – April 28, 2017 Remote training at firms available
April 28, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
April 28, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
May 3, 2017 – May 5, 2017 Remote training at firms available
May 5, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
May 5, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
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 Webinar
April 4, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
April 14, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
April 19, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
April 26, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
May 4, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 10, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
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

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