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What’s going on with e-filing? How’s this new technology supposed to work? Why should I bother to do pro bono work? These and other burning questions will be answered at the next District Court Family Division Bench Bar Meeting on Aug. 27 at noon in courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. There is also a time designated for “open forum” (a.k.a. venting). Don’t miss this great opportunity.

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Six judges were in attendance for the Dec. 10 Civil Bench Bar meeting. Recent Supreme Court decisions were a prominent topic. Lawyers who are looking to use Power Point presentations in cases were advised to look at 59703 – Watters v. State another opinion of particular interest 55817 Perez V. State . Judge Kenneth Cory will be taking on the docket from the outlying areas. A civil case reassignment to distribute Judge Cory’s civil caseload will be effective Jan. 4. The next Civil Bench Bar will be Jan. 14 at 12:05 p.m.

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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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The recent Civil Bench-Bar Meeting had great attendance. Several interesting discussions shed light on new Supreme Court Decisions, proposed rule changes and courtroom decorum. A subject that generated a lot of discussion was judges’ pet peeves. The top 10 are listed below.


Judges’ Pet Peeves


  1. Impolite/uncivil attorneys (including those who interrupt).
  2. Attorneys’ lack of preparation.
  3. Putting exhibit on Elmo (monitor) and showing to jury without prior motion to admit and/or publish.
  4. Asking prospective jurors voir dire questions based upon hypothetical, which seeks to have them pre-commit to verdict in violation of EDCR 7.70(c).
  5. Cutting side deals for extensions of time…and forgetting to tell the Judge.
  6. Filing Oppositions/Replies at the last minute and expecting the Judge to read them.
  7. Requesting to appear at hearing by telephone, and then providing the Court a non-direct telephone number to attorney.  That is, the telephone number is directed to the attorney’s receptionist, who forwards the judge’s call to the attorney’s secretary, who forwards the call to the attorney or worse—his voice mail or says he’s not available.  (not all departments use CourtCall)
  8. Failure to timely provide courtesy copies with tabs for exhibits.
  9. Failure to comply with NRCP 56(c) (statement of uncontested material facts with supporting citations to evidence in the record) and the Choy case, 265 P.3d 698 (affidavit required for 56(f) continuance.
  10. Providing stacks of depositions that are not excerpted to make the relevant parts easy to locate.


Other recommendations that came out of the discussion include a suggestion that attorney read trial orders to cut down on question in the courtroom.  And, when sending and order, on the last page include a description of what it is and the case number. A lot was covered and a tasty lunch was sponsored by the judges.  The next civil Bench-Bar meeting will be Aug. 13 at 12:05 p.m. in courtroom 15D.

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Judge Linda Bell told graduates, "you inspire me."

Judge Linda Bell told graduates, “you inspire me.”

Two big screens projecting a mug shot served as the backdrop for 42 Eighth Judicial District specialty court graduates in Las Vegas as they celebrated their drug-free, crime–free life after an intensive treatment program. A packed room filled with friends, family, counselors and even the judges who sentenced the participants, looked on and applauded, as one-by-one the graduates faced friendly heckles on their mug shots, collected their certificates, thanked their judge and counselors and shared their emotional road to recovery. Standing before the audience, a nervous graduate named Armando said he was so excited that he couldn’t sleep the night before. Barbara, who was chosen to speak on behalf of the mental health court graduates, said that the program helped her to overcome a 35-year drug addiction. A DUI graduate named Jason just said that he was happy to have his family back. Many of the graduates brought prepared letters to read, including Marcus who said, “thank you to the program that saved my life.” He read a heart-wrenching letter that recounted his despair during his addiction and ended saying “I hope to make the world a better place.” One 20-year-old said that it was good he caught “it” when he was young because he didn’t think that he would make it to be old. The audience laughed, applauded and echoed the thought.
Judge Linda Marie Bell who presides over the specialty courts commended the graduates and said, “I know how hard you’ve worked and what you put into the program. You inspire me.”

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