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AlvogenCaseminuteOrderJudge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a minute order Wednesday in the drug company case, Alvogen Inc., vs. the Nevada Department of Corrections, requiring supplemental briefings due by Sept. 26. A status check on the court’s decision in chambers is continued to Sept. 28.

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On July 1, the new fiscal year begins. The new year brings a new chief judge and presiding judges at District Court.  Judge Linda Marie Bell was elected to replace outgoing Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.  The chief judge maintains responsibility for managing the administration of the court. Judge Bell will continue to hear specialty court cases during her tenure in the chief judge post. Judge Gonzalez will return to hearing civil, business and mental health court cases.

Judge Michael Villani will take over as the criminal presiding judge from Judge Doug Herndon. Judge Jerry Wiese will take on the post as the presiding civil court judge from Judge Susan Johnson.  Presiding judges manage the business of their respective division.

On her last day as chief, Judge Gonzalez sent out a thank you to court employees. “I wanted to express my gratitude to each of you to your hard work in making our Court more accessible to the community. We have worked as a team to improve our time to disposition and access to all of our community. The work we have done as a group is a testament to each of you. The courtesy and respect shown to those who appear in our court system is something of which I am very proud. Thanks again to all for your contributions to this success,” said Judge Gonzalez. “The court administration team worked tirelessly in support of our strategic goals. Those of you who work behind the scenes in administration and the clerk’s office keep the wheels of the organization moving, without even being seen. Although we do not see you on a daily basis, know that your work is appreciated.”

Judge Gonzalez closed her email with, “It has been my honor to serve as your Chief Judge. I wish Judge Bell and her leadership the best of luck in continuing to make improvements on access to justice and time to disposition.”

During her term as chief, Judge Gonzalez established a jury services committee and put into action a plan to add active voter registration names to the Court’s Jury Master List. Judge Gonzalez implemented improvements to how minor guardianship and involuntary commitments are handled. She spearheaded logical enhancements to business practices to maximize space and proximity to enhance interface at the court with a business pod and a guardianship/probate pod. Management for homicide cases was also centralized under her leadership to improve efficiency in the management and timely disposition of such cases.

“I want to extend sincere appreciation to Judge Gonzalez for her hard work and significant accomplishments as the chief judge,” said Judge Bell. “Not only did she maintain a heavy and complex caseload, she accomplished much for the court during her tenure as chief judge.”

“I also want to thank Judge Herndon and Judge Susan Johnson for their work in the role of presiding judge. Both the Civil and Criminal divisions have made impressive progress under their leadership,” said Judge Bell.

July 1 will also usher in docket changes, and courtroom/chamber moves. A summary of those changes can be found in this related story: Change is coming to District Court https://wp.me/p1tnuA-1tQ

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Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued two administrative orders that outline changes to both the civil and criminal dockets in the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court.

NV Eighth Judicial District Court Administrative Order 10-04 AO 18-04

NV Eighth Judicial District Court Administrative Order 10-05 AO 18-05

The following courtroom/chamber moves will also take place from June 29 through

July 1:

Department 11 (Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez) will move from courtroom 10 to 3E.

Department 19 (Judge William Kephart) will move from  courtroom 3E to 16B.

Department 4 (Judge Kerry Earley) will move from courtroom 16B to 12D.

Department 16 (Judge Timothy C. Williams) will move from courtroom 12 D to 3H.

Department 15 (Judge Joe Hardy) will move from courtroom 3H to 11D.

Department 2 (Judge Richard Scotti) will move from courtroom 11D to 3B.

Department 29 (Judge David M. Jones) will move from  courtroom 3B to 15A.

Department 7 (Judge Linda Marie Bell) will move from courtroom 15A to 10.

Effective July 1, Judge Linda Marie Bell will assume the responsibilities of chief judge for the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. “I know that moving is disruptive; I appreciate everyone’s patience with the process,” said Judge Bell. “The moves will allow the business court judges to remain on the same floor, which has been very beneficial to the business court litigants and judges. This will also ensure that all judges handling criminal cases have Sally-port access.”  Those who have questions or concerns regarding the moves are encourage to contact Judge Bell’s office.

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This is a complete list of courtrooms with the new assignments: CourtroomAssignments6_20_18

 

 

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Scammers have upped their game in yet another round of attempts to rip-off residents of Clark County, using the courts as bait. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department today, notified the court of a new round of rip-offs aimed at unsuspecting individuals who are targeted with a false claim of an arrest warrant for failure to appear on a Grand Jury summons.

According to correspondence from the LVMPD Financial Crimes Bureau, the scammers recently targeted a physician who was threatened with arrest for failure to appear on a Federal Grand Jury summons.

“The public should know that the court never calls on the phone or emails to solicit money or personal information under the threat of arrest for missing jury duty,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “These scams are very sophisticated and persistent problem. We want to make the public aware of them and ask that those who get this this warning pass it along to friends and family so that they don’t fall victim.”

Different variations of this and other similar scams regularly surface in our community. Senior citizens are a favorite target of the scammers. A very official sounding scam artist usually calls unwitting victims and claims to have a warrant for their arrest for skipping jury duty. They offer up a few details that appear to check out through a cursory Internet search, such as the name of a judge or other official. Then the criminals get the victims to purchase a pre-paid credit card for hundreds of dollars to clear the warrant they claim they have. Within minutes, the scammers cash in on the cards and rip-off the worried victims.  These scams also come in the form of an official looking email.

Don’t fall for these rip-offs and be aware that the court never calls on the phone to solicit money or personal information. Report the crime to law enforcement and spread the word to friends and family.

Top three point to know about these scams

  1. The court never calls or e-mails people to get personal information such as their social security number. Those who receive these e-mails or call should not respond and are advised to contact the Attorney General’s office or the LVMPD Financial Crimes Theft Crimes Bureau.
  2. A key red-flag is the request for money or a pre-paid credit card. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purpose.
  3. Be wary of phone calls or emails that look like a jury summons and request important personal information including: date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number; and threatens a fine or prison for failing to respond.

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Retired District Court Judge Allan R. Earl passed away March 20. Judge Earl was a respected jurist who served on the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court bench from 2000 to 2014. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Kenny Guinn.

“Judge Earl was a great asset to this court and a wonderful human being who taught many lawyers how to think,” said Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Earl served for 25 years as a partner in the law firm of Galatz, Earl & Associates in Las Vegas, where he specialized in personal injury trial advocacy.

While practicing as an attorney, he served as the President of the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the President of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Nevada Justice Association, and was the Lawyer Governor from Nevada to the Board of Governors of Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now known as the American Association for Justice. He was appointed by the Federal Judiciary in Nevada to serve as the Lawyer’s Representative from Nevada to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Judge Earl wrote articles for nationwide legal journals. He was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to the original Select Committee to redraft the Discovery Rules under the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.

In 1994, he was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to the Board of Bar Examiners, a position he held for over 21 years. As an attorney, Judge Earl received the highest possible rating, “AV,” by Martindale-Hubbell. As a lawyer, the Nevada Justice Association awarded Judge Earl the Peoples Distinguished Counselor Award in 1994. After he was appointed to the bench the same organization honored him with a lifetime achievement award.

Judge Earl earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude in 1965 from Brigham Young University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1968. He served as a law clerk to the Nevada Supreme Court from 1968 to 1969 and was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 1968.

Allan R. Earl was listed in the original publication of “Best Lawyers in America.”

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WynnVOkadaStipOrder3_14_18 Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a Stipulation and Order to dismiss claims 1,5,7 and 10 contained in Elaine P. Wynn’s Sixth Amendment Counterclaim and Crossclaim on Grounds of Mootness in the Wynn Resorts vs. Kazuo Okada case.  A number of developments  have occurred recently in the case.  A motion hearing is set for March 16 at 8 a.m. in courtroom 10B. WynnvOkadadaStipOrder3_14_18

 

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In a move to ensure District Court is making the best use of technology and ensure that court technology is as user friendly and practical as possible, a Technology Improvement Committee has been formed. The goals are to identify problems, and to develop and implement potential solutions/modifications/upgrades.  An email address has been established to receive input from users at ESolutionImprovements@clarkcountycourts.us.  Those who have ideas for improvements or questions about existing systems are encouraged to convey their thoughts to the technology committee through the email. The first committee meeting was held on Aug. 18. The next meeting will be held Oct. 26.

“I encourage those who have ideas, issues, question or concerns, to email their thoughts, so that they can be addressed by the committee. The court wants to optimize results from innovation and eliminate any shortfalls or challenges encountered by users,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

The committee is made up of a cross-section of participants including: Mike Carman, Frank Cofer, Mike Doan, Kathy England, Rhonda Forsberg, Steve Grierson, Chris Lalli, Natasha Landrum, Kris O’Conner, George Ogilvie, Daren Richards, Mark Schwartzamd Brandi Wendel.

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