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Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez was selected to be the new chief judge of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. She will succeed Chief Judge David Barker. Judges on the District Court bench voted to choose the new chief who will officially start the role on Jan. 1 next year. The chief judge is responsible for managing the administration of the court while maintaining an active (reduced) caseload hearing and deciding cases.

“I am honored to be selected to fill the role of chief judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court and to carry on the precedence of excellence established by colleagues such as Chief Judge Barker,“ said Judge Gonzalez. “I look forward to beginning this new challenge of keeping the court on course to achieve the vision of timely and fair adjudication, optimum technological advancement, continuous improvement and maximum efficiency.”

Judge Gonzalez who was the 2015 Liberty Bell Award honoree, is currently the presiding judge of the Civil Division, handling business and criminal cases and serving on the executive committee of the court. She was appointed to the District Court in July 2004. Prior to taking the bench, she practiced predominantly in complex civil litigation that included business, mass tort, and construction defect litigation. From 1986 to 1998, she was employed with the law firm of Beckley, Singleton, Jemison & List where she focused on these areas of litigation and served as the firm’s president from 1997 to 1998. From 1998 until taking the bench, she operated her own firm.

Judge Gonzalez is a past president of the American College of Business Court Judges and has served as a Business Court Representative to the ABA Business Law Section. Currently she serves on the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and serves on both the Education Committee and Judicial Education Requirements Study Committee of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada. She previously served on the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada, the Supreme Court Jury Improvement Commission, and the State of Nevada Ethics Commission. Judge Gonzalez attained a B.A. in History, with honors, from the University of Florida in May of 1982 and received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1985. She was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1985.

“Judge Gonzalez has demonstrated repeatedly that she is well-suited to fill the role of chief judge of the District Court. She is well-respected and has excelled as the presiding Civil Division judge; and has contributed much as an executive committee member. I am confident that Judge Gonzalez will lead the District Court in a productive direction,” said current Chief Judge Barker.

Under Chief Judge Barker, the District Court received recognition for several programs including the NACM Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Award and NACM Award for Project 48. During his tenure as chief, Judge Barker worked on the Pre-trial Committee to relieve jail overcrowding, worked to start the Guardianship Commission, served on the Nevada State—Federal Judicial Council and the Judicial Council of Southern Nevada.




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The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Guide and File system made the list of the top-10 court technology solutions as named by the National Association for Court Management (NACM). The honor was announced for Guide and File at this year’s Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Award, during the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburg, PA. The awards are given each year to courts that make the best use of web technology to improve court services and access to public records.

Guide and File offers an online portal at the Self-Help Centers that guides self-represented litigants through the filing process with a tailored menu of questions and through automated court forms generated based on their responses. Completed forms get filed into the court case management systems. Guide and File simplifies what can be a challenging process.

“I commend the work of our court staff and the legal service organizations that helped to develop and fine-tune the Guide and File system,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker.” Getting national recognition for this system is affirmation that our focus on technology is paying dividends in enhanced service to those who access the court.”

The system incorporates electronic, interactive interviews for a variety of case types – including several types of divorce, fee waiver, name change, protection order, and petition to disburse money. The online interviews were developed by court staff in conjunction with local legal services organizations (Civil Law Self Help Center and the Family Law Self Help Center). The technology platform is Tyler’s Odyssey® Guide and File product, which makes it easy to author interviews and to customize interviews created by other jurisdictions that conform to the rules of our court. This system can be accessed by self-represented litigants via the Self-Help Center websites and kiosks.

“I’m really excited about the future of this technology. We’re only touching the tip of the iceberg on the opportunities to provide this level of interaction and access to the court, “said District Court Chief Executive Officer Steve Grierson.

The National Association for Court Management, housed in Williamsburg, Va., at the National Center for State Courts, is a membership organization formed in 1985 to help court managers improve their proficiency while working with colleagues to improve the administration of justice. With more than 1,700 members in the United States and several other countries, NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world. Entries are considered by a six-judge panel composed of court officials with a varying range of experience. In groups of three, the judges independently evaluate each website on a scale of 1 to 10. Criteria include such measures as access to public records, ease of navigation, use of multimedia, and interactive capabilities. Scores are then combined, and the top ten scorers become the award winners.




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Without any white smoke or any other fanfare today, Judge David Barker was voted to be the new chief judge of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. A vote was taken during the personnel session of an all-judges meeting. From outside the doors of courtroom 12A at the Regional Justice Center, a loud cheer could be heard. Judges trickled out passing on the news. The vote was unanimous for Judge Barker.

The new chief will officially move into the role on Jan. 1 next year. He succeeds Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti who is term-limited after serving in the role for four years. “I am honored and appreciate the unanimous vote of confidence from my judicial colleagues for me in this leadership role of chief judge,” said Judge Barker. “I want to continue to advance efficiencies and technology at the Eighth Judicial District Court. Chief Judge Togliatti has done an exceptional job of addressing challenging issues and bringing technological advancements to the court. I will continue the momentum to improve court operations and services, and look forward to the challenges the role of chief judge brings.”

Judge Barker took the District Court bench in 2007. He has served on the judicial executive committee for several years, helping to set goals and chart a strategic plan for the court. Prior to serving as a judge, he worked for the District Attorney’s Office and spent some time in private practice. During the last 15 years as a Chief Deputy District Attorney, Judge Barker worked in numerous divisions including, criminal track team chief, screening, and Grand Jury/Financial crimes. He graduated from the University of California Irvine, and received his Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine School of Law.

Throughout his career, Judge Barker has generously given time to the Bar and Community as a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board and as a coach with Nevada State Bar sponsored High School Mock Trial program and other programs to advance education on the justice system.

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