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The March 12 Civil Bench-Bar meeting at noon, in courtroom 10D, will offer valuable insight on new changes to Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure. Michael Gayan will cover Rule4; Judge Ron Israel will cover minor compromises; and Judge Jerry Wiese will cover Rule 16 followed by a Q&A session.

Changes that apply to all civil actions and proceedings pending or filed in Nevada’s district and appellate courts was a hot topic at the Civil and Family Bench-Bar Meetings last month. The Supreme Court’s Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure (NRCP) Committee did an exhaustive review that resulted in the changes to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure (NRCP), the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure (NRAP), and the Nevada Electronic Filing and Conversion Rules (NEFCR).

“You have to read the rules. I hate to break the news to you, but you absolutely have to read the rules,” said former Discovery Commissioner turned Nevada Court of Appeals Judge Bonnie Bulla, when addressing the Civil Bench-Bar about the changes.

The rules are intended to ensure just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of every action and proceeding. The changes were effective March 1. Over the next few months, the new rules will be covered in the Civil Bench-Bar meetings to clear up questions from the bar.

There are areas where rules are inconsistent with amendments to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.  An Administrative Order Administrative Order 19-03 suspends those rules, to give clarity and ensure that the NV SC new rules take precedence over all local rules or district court rules. The local rules committee will make adjustments to eliminate inconsistencies, but it could take some time. A red-line version of the new rules can be found at this link. A PDF version of the revised rules affected by ADKT 522 can be found at this link.


The court now auto accepts all filings, which means files are automatically filed into the case.  Prior to this change, every document was reviewed before acceptance. This new process is being fine-tuned.  If a document is filed incorrectly in a case, the department will strike the document and ask the attorney to refile the document in the proper case.


There are significant changes to Discovery in the Amendment to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure. Commissioner Truman will be handling discovery disputes on an interim basis until a replacement for Bonnie Bulla is named.

At the Family Bench bar meeting Commissioner Erin Truman advised that there are a lot of little nuanced changes, and she also encouraged attorneys to read the rules. Commissioner Truman suggested that viewing the red-line version helps to sort through changes

Reports and Recommendations 

Rule 16.3C outlines modifications made to the process of Reports and recommendations.

Once the Commissioner or Acting Commissioner signs off on the Report and Recommendations with the new notice page, Discovery will now file and serve the original Report and Recommendations. An Order with a file-stamped copy of the Report and Recommendations (with run slip, if there is any) will be forwarded to departments.

Per the new rules, Discovery will no longer be a part of the objection process. The new notice page will now have a notation as to when the objection time expires. After the time expires, judges will consider any objection and make a decision. Per NRCP 16.3(c)(2), counsel will have 14 days after being served with the filed report to file and serve written objections to the recommendations (If mailed through the United States Postal Service or if put in attorney folders, still get three additional days for mailing. If served in person or eserved, no additional days are allotted.) Written authorities may be filed with objections, but are not mandatory. If written authorities are filed, any other party may file and serve responding authorities within seven (7) days after being served with objections. Once the Report and Recommendations is signed, the Order will be sent back to the firm that submitted the Report and Recommendations so they can file, serve and prepare the notice of entry.

The NRCP Committee comprised of co-chairs Justice Mark Gibbons and Justice Kristina Pickering, Judge Elissa F. Cadish, Judge Kimberly A. Wanker, Judge James E. Wilson, Discovery Commissioner Wesley M. Ayres, Discovery Commissioner Bonnie A. Bulla, Professor Thom Main, and attorneys George T. Bochanis, Robert L. Eisenberg, Graham A. Galloway, Racheal Mastel, Steve Morris, William E. Peterson, Daniel F. Polsenberg, Kevin C. Powers, Don Springmeyer, Todd E. Reese, and Loren S. Young.

Those who would like to suggest questions on the new procedures or suggest topics for coverage in the Civil Bench Bar or for other suggested topics, please email:



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Hearing Master Erin Lee Truman

After a thorough three-tiered recruitment process that included public input, Erin Lee Truman was selected to fill the hearing master post for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program.  Hearing Master Truman has been practicing law in Las Vegas since 1992. She most recently worked with the law firm of Hutchison & Steffen as head of the firm’s ADR department, acting as both a mediator and arbitrator, and with the firm’s insurance defense litigation team. She also served as a court-appointed arbitrator and short trial judge pro tempore in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Ms. Truman also served  as a privately retained mediator and arbitrator  with Bongiovi Dispute Resolution , and assisted in resolving numerous litigated cases and pre-litigation disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She served as Lead Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.  During her 14 year tenure with the company, she managed the employees in the Allstate and Encompass Insurance staff counsel litigation office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Alternative Dispute Resolution has proven to be a valuable program saving time and money by keeping cases moving efficiently through our court,” said Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “ Hearing Master Truman brings a wealth of experience that is well-suited to meet the growing significance of the court’s ADR program.”

Ms. Truman’s legal education began at J. Reuben Clark Law School- Brigham, where she received a Juris Doctor degree in 1991. Prior to law school, she attended Brigham Young University as a Trustee Scholar and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Management, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in 1988. She also attended the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at William S. Boyd School of Law for their Mediation Intersession Course.

“I am honored to be selected as Hearing Master for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. I have a strong belief in the importance of ADR, to benefit litigants, reduce costs of litigation, relieve burdened dockets and conserve judicial resources,” said Hearing Master Truman.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a program intended to settle legal cases. ADR typically involves neutral mediation, negotiation and/or arbitration.

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