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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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Civil Bench-Bar meetings always provide plenty of food for thought for those practicing civil law, but the January 10 noon meeting in courtroom 3A, will have the added bonus of featuring a chili cook-off. It’s a tasty way to get the latest Civil Division info, find out which lawyer or judge cooks-up the meanest chili, and mingle.

At the December Bench-Bar, Judge Susan Johnson, now the Presiding Civil Division Judge, passed the baton for presiding over the Bench-Bar Meetings to Judge Nancy Allf. There were a lot of interesting hot topics at the meeting including: the implications of the the $15,000 threshold for Justice Court cases, new marijuana laws and the idea of raising the arbitration limit. Procedural issues were discussed for de novo cases including some quick tips on how to do things right and avoid wasting time. Nevada State Bar President Bryan K. Scott addressed concerns and fielded questions on a variety of topics. He noted that bar counsel investigators have been hired and the backlog of attorney discipline actions have been reduced. Laughlin Constable Jordan Ross provided information on complex civil enforcement in his jurisdiction.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the upcoming Civil Bench Bar meeting and don’t forget it is in courtroom 3A.

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The next Civil Bench Bar Meeting of the Eighth Judicial District Court will be tomorrow at noon in courtroom 15D at the Regional Justice Center. Nevada Supreme Court Decisions from last month will be discussed and a representative from Tyler Odyssey will be on hand to take questions and talk about the latest, greatest upgrades. The committee is open to new suggestions and issues of concern to bar members. The Civil Bench Bar is designed to bring the judiciary and members of the bar together to discuss ways to improve the processing and handling of civil matters.  All members of the bar are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Review of Last Month’s NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:

  1. Frazier v. Drake, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 64 (Sept. 3, 2015)(Appeals Ct., 3-0)
  2. Tate v. State Board of Medical Examiners, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 67 (Sept. 10, 2015)(7-0)
  3. Bergenfield v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 68 (Sept. 10, 2015)(3-0)
  4. Land Baron Investments, Inc. v. Bonnie Springs Family Limited Partnership, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 69 (Sept. 17, 2015)(3-0)
  5. In Re: Manhattan West Mechanic’s Lien Litigation, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 70 (Sept. 24, 2015)(2-1)
  6. Tallman/Mika v. District Court, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 71 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)(2 appeals)(23-page opinion)
  7. Mardian v. Greenberg Family Trust, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 72 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)
  8. America First Federal Credit Union v. Soro, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 73 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)
  9. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Hansen, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 74 (Sept. 24, 2015)(6-0)
  10. Baxter v. Dignity Health, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 76 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)
  11. Benson v. State Engineer, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 78 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)
  12. Watson Rounds v. District Court, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 79 (Sept. 24, 2015)(7-0)
  13. Tam v. District Court, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 80 (Oct. 1, 2015)(7-0)
  14. Michaels v. Pentair Water Pool and Spa, 131 Nev.Ad.Op. 81 (Oct. 1, 2015)(Appeals Ct. 3-0


WizNet – Brandi Wendel (Court Clerk’s Office) and Mark Schwartz (Tyler Odyssey)

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A Nevada Supreme Court Marshal Critical Labor Shortage Designation in District Court eliminated a barrier to hiring former police officers as deputy marshals. The Eighth Judicial District Court is now calling on retired and soon to be retired officers to apply for jobs to protect the courts. The Nevada Supreme Court issued an Order that clears the way for former cops to work in marshal jobs without adversely affecting their Public Employee Retirement. It is intended to help ease a critical labor shortage of marshals who are tasked with maintain the safety, security and administration of justice for all District Court facilities in Southern Nevada, including the Regional Justice Center. The intent is that former officers (jail detention officers, corrections officers, bailiffs/deputy marshals) who are P.O.S.T. certified can continue a law enforcement career with the marshal force and continue to collect their retirement.

Retired or soon to be retired category one peace officers interested in applying should complete a bailiff/deputy marshal application from the county website employment section

“We are enthused about the prospect of hiring qualified law enforcement professionals to join in the mission to serve the public and protect the courts,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “This is a good opportunity for retired category one peace officers to use their skills to continue a fulfilling law enforcement career while they collect their retirement.”

The labor shortage is attributed to several factors including the requirement for law enforcement training and certification and employment classification of the post. Nevada’s high court also ordered the Eighth Judicial District Court to conduct a classification and compensation study for deputy marshals.

This is one of many creative ways District Court is working to resolve the excessive vacancy problem in the marshal division.  District Court is also actively recruiting military veterans to join the marshal force. The court is working with the Las Vegas Urban League, Nevada Partners, the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation and the College of Southern Nevada to sponsor military veterans for the Criminal Justice Academy P.O.S.T. certification.

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The next Eighth Judicial District Court Civil Bench Bar Meeting will be at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow, September 9 in courtroom 15D at the Regional Justice Center. The Civil Bench Bar is designed to bring the judiciary and members of the bar together to discuss ways to improve the processing and handling of civil matters. All members of the bar are welcome. Lunch will be provided. The agenda covers a variety of topics including:
Review and discussion of Last Month’s NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:
NRCP 45 Subpoena Costs (refundable to non-party)
Sealing of Records—Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez
Judicial Websites—Mary Ann Price, PIO
Upcoming Dates/Events:
Howard D. McKibben Chapter of American Inns of Court, September 16, 2014, 5:15 p.m., RJC Canyon (south side)
Civil-Bench Bar Meeting, October 14, 2014, 12:05 p.m., Courtroom 15D

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When you’re trying to seal a case, time is of the essence. Attorneys filing petitions to seal cases in Clark County should be aware that the District Attorney’s Office only reviews cases for sealing records that have resulted in charges from either a Justice Court township jurisdiction or Clark County District Court. In the past, the DA’s office would seal municipal cases. A separate petition must be submitted to Municipal Courts to seal cases in city jurisdictions.

To avoid a possible delay of processing record sealing submissions, include the required criminal history from the Central Repository. Nevada Revised Statute 179.245 on sealing records after conviction requires that a current, verified criminal history from the Central Repository in Carson City, Nevada must be included with the submission documents. The District Attorney’s office website addresses the statute on record sealing at
To see the NRS visit:

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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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