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In a letter addressed to Governor Brian Sandoval, Judge Jennifer Elliott announced her retirement, effective June 30, from the District Court Family Division Department L.

Her letter cited proud accomplishments including: her work with the dependency mother’s drug court, adult drug court, veterans court, the Truancy Diversion Program, the Cooperative Parent After Divorce Program and the UNLV Family Court Property and Debt Mediation Program.

“I have enjoyed the privilege of serving as a District Court Judge in the Family Division, Department L Clark County, Nevada since January 2003,” said Judge Elliott. “I also had the privilege of working with many distinguished judges and professionals and serving on many committees over the years. I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to serve the children and families of Clark County, State of Nevada.”

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection, a judicial body created pursuant to the Nevada State Constitution and governed by the Nevada Revised Statutes, will facilitate the process to fill the judicial vacancy. The commission is charged with filling judicial vacancies that occur before expiration of a term of office. The commission reviews applications from attorneys, interviews and then nominates three potential candidates for a final selection by the governor.

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Three children from the Miller family had a look of pure bliss when District Court Family Division Judge Cynthia Giuliani waved a magic wand, finalized their adoptions and made their new family whole. The trio got to sit on the bench with the judge. There were tears and cheers from the new parents and family as the adoptions were made official. The newly minted mom and dad gushed as reality sunk in on their hectic new life of love and raising three kids.

When she presides over cases, Judge Giuliani sees a lot of children in need of stable and loving homes. Many of those kids have suffered abuse and neglect. As part of her effort to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families, each year around Halloween, Judge Giuliani transforms to a fairy godmother for a special day of adoptions. She also invites the families to dress up and celebrate the day.

“Creating this experience for these children and their families is a great way to make court a little less intimidating and memorable in a good way,” said Judge Giuliani. “These special adoptions also get people talking and help to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families.”

The District Court Family Division is involved in other special adoption events, including an annual adoption day marathon which is scheduled this year for Nov.16. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail

Nine adoptions were finalized by Judge Giuliani on Oct. 31. “With this special adoption event, Judge Giuliani brings attention to the need for caring families who will adopt, foster or even volunteer as court advocates for abused and neglected children. It is a positive way to bring attention to a huge need,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “These adoptions are heartwarming and we’d like to see a lot more of them.”



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