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DSC_1038Effective July 1, a pilot project will begin to examine the potential benefits of centralizing the management for cases wherein a defendant has been charged with a “homicide crime,” with the intent of improving efficiency in the management and timely disposition of such cases.

It was ordered by District court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez in Administrative Order 17-05 http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/res/rules-and-orders/AO%2017-05.pdf pursuant to EDCR 1.30(b), to form a Homicide Team consisting of four district judges, with one to function as the Homicide Team Case Management Judge and three to function as Homicide Team Members. The four judges on the homicide team are: Presiding Criminal Judge Doug Herndon, Judge Valerie Adair, Judge Eric Johnson and Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The four judges will handle other criminal matters, but their civil matters have been reassigned to other judges. Pursuant to EDCR 1.30(b), the Homicide Team shall prioritize homicide crime cases over all other criminal cases in their caseloads.

A “homicide crime” case, for purposes of this order, is limited to cases involving a crime of Open Murder, First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter and/or Involuntary Manslaughter, as those crimes are delineated in NRS 200.010 through NRS 200.260, as well as any associated offenses charged within the same case.

Chief Judge Gonzalez posted the following letter on the court website:

As reflected in Administrative Order 17-05, effective July 1, 2017, the Eighth Judicial District Court will reassign cases among several departments as follows:

  1. All civil cases in Departments 3, 9, 20, and 21, except for certain cases specifically designated for retention by the aforementioned departments, shall be randomly and equitably reassigned to judicial departments carrying civil caseloads.
  2. All “homicide crime” cases, as defined in Administrative Order 17-05, except for those currently assigned to Departments 3, 9, 20 or 21 shall be reassigned to Department 3 for distribution to the Homicide Team.

In the interest of fiscal and environmental conservation the list of cases affected by the upcoming reassignment is being made available to you electronically via the link labeled 2017 Homicide Team Case Reassignments posted under Court News at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/general/news Please visit the link to determine whether your case will be affected.

Current trial dates will be maintained unless rescheduled by the receiving department.  Please review the posted administrative order and the Odyssey electronic case management system for further specifics on the aforementioned transfers and to confirm upcoming hearing dates.  In the event you are eligible pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 48.1, you may exercise a peremptory challenge as a result of your case having been reassigned.

The Court greatly appreciates your participation in accommodating this reassignment.  Please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Court Administrator Timothy Andrews at 702-671-3312 should you have any questions.

http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/res/news/reassignment-homicide-2017.pdf

 

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The lawyers

For the past six years in late April, tennis players from the legal and medical communities have suited-up to compete in the lawyers vs. doctors tennis tournament as a fun way to raise money for the Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation. The doctors won this year, for the third year in a row.  The truth is, the kids really end up the winners as more funding comes in to help students in need achieve higher education. The lawyers, doctors, judges and others compete in both adult and junior singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis draws. The foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at-risk youth including 85 children who have received college scholarships.

The event also raises awareness for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation which helps keep kids “stay on the court and out of court.” To date they have helped placed more than 100 under-served youth into college on scholarship to schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Wharton School at Penn, Yale and UNLV law and medical schools.

The Physicians and Barristers Ball Charity Tennis Classic Tournament was founded in 2012 with the help of Neal and Nicole Tomlinson. The Physicians’ & Barristers’ Ball Charity Tennis Classic was created to get active tennis players from the legal community involved with a fun and exciting event that raises awareness and funds for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation was started more than11 years ago by Ryan Wolfington and Marty Hennessey. With the support of entertainment legend Tony Bennett and Andre Agassi’s father Mike, as well as the top doubles team in the world Bob and Mike Bryan, the foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at risk youth. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the ultimate environment for a child to become their best in all areas of their life. This includes excellence in academics, athletics, inter-personal skills and leadership. To learn more, visit www.InspiringChildren.net.

Judges and attorneys who played tennis for the lawyers this year included:

Judges: Judge Abbi Silver, Judge Jennifer Togliatti, Judge Michael Villani 

Attorneys: Trevor Atkins, Marcus Berg, Brian Berman, Jordon Butler, Victor Cardoza, Elaine Dowling, Bruce Gale, Charles Gianelloni, Ryan Gormley, Rory Kay, Alex Mazzia, Craig Marquiz, Andres Moses, Neal Tomlinson, Diane Welch, David Westbrook

Attorneys who think they have tennis skills are invited to join the fun next year to help give lawyers a win over doctors.

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District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti gave four third grade classes from the Las Vegas Day School a great lesson on justice through mock trials. The students played the parts of judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, jurors and defendants. The mock trials: Big Bad Wolf vs. Curly Pig, and Three Bears vs. Goldilocks were scripted to offer lessons how cases move through court. The  students not only had fun with the mock trials, but they took away some valuable life-lessons on how the justice system works. Judge Togliatti was particularly impressed by the junior jurors, who payed close attention, took notes and deliberated in an organized and reasonable manner.

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Four third grade classes will try Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf during two days of mock trials before District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti on May 10 at noon and 1 p.m., and May 11 at noon and 1 p.m. in courtroom 10C at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

Big Bad Wolf is scheduled to testify in the case on how his legendary bluster allegedly got out of hand. Goldilocks, charged with breaking and entering and robbery, will also take the stand in her own defense, sporting her trademark golden curls. The third graders from Las Vegas Day School, will wear costumes, act out roles and make their case in a real courtroom.

The court has been involved with doing mock trials as a way to teach students at early age about the justice system and what good and bad choices lead to. “These mock trials  will be a fun way to get third graders thinking about the justice system, their choices and about potential careers,” said Judge Togliatti. “It’s never too early to get children thinking about these things; they are lessons that will stay with them for a long time, and hopefully have a positive influence on them.”

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District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued an administrative order on Feb. 2 that established a Jury Services Committee to examine the jury process from summons through discharge. Judge Valerie Adair and Judge Timothy Williams will chair the committee. They, along with the committee, will look to ensure the court is compliant with all statutory and rule amendments that came out of the 2002 Nevada Supreme Court Jury Improvement Committee. The newly established District Court Jury Services Committee will also explore the viability of further operational and technological improvements that could enhance the process.

Several years ago, past Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti initiated a push to improve jury services in the Nevada Eighth Judicial District. Improvements were made including the ability for summoned jurors to access jury qualification questionnaires in a variety of ways: kiosks, improved Wi-Fi for personal electronic devices, and court-provided tablets. The Jury Services webpage (http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/juror-information/index.html#Frequently Asked Questions) was upgraded to help jurors navigate through the reporting process by, among other things, offering jury qualification questionnaires online to improve pre-qualification rates. The capability for potential jurors to complete their qualification questionnaires and upload/attach documentation right onto their record was implemented, along with the ability to update their addresses and find information on what to expect. Frequently asked questions, directions to courthouse/parking, and an orientation video were also made available online. The capability for potential jurors to select their preferred method of contact including: email, text, phone, or mail, was also added to the jury page on the court website. An electronic system to perform reminder calls to jurors10 days in advance and the night prior to reporting was implemented.

Other upgrades include touch–screen kiosks for expedited check-in. Kiosks offer the capability to complete qualification questionnaires in the Jury Services room and the ability to print attendance letters and checks. Jurors are no longer paid with a voucher system. Instead, checks are now issued immediately upon completion of service and are available through various ways; checks can be picked-up by the jurors upon notification by departments, or the departments can collect the checks and hand them out in the courtroom. Jurors can also request a link to an exit survey to be e-mailed to them for online completion through the eJuror web-page. The surveys are intended to gather better feedback and input on opportunities for improvement.

The American justice system hinges on the jury system. The Constitution guarantees: “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.

Link to admin order http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/clerk/rules/AO%2017-02.pdf

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After 10 years on the District Court bench and 32 exceptional years in public service, Judge David Barker retired on Jan. 6. Judge Barker has been a steadfast figure in the court. He served  the past two years as chief judge and on the court executive committee since 2011.

During his term as Chief Judge, Judge Barker was known for his commitment to serving the public, for being an excellent steward of public funds, and making the most of technology to improve efficiency. He conceived and worked to develop the Courtfinder “app” that puts court dockets in the palm of users’ hands. Additionally, the court made the list of the Top-10 Court Technology Solutions, as named by the National Association for Court Management.

Judge Barker’s leadership and ability to promote collaboration can been seen in Project 48, which reduced criminal bind-overs from 10-15 days to 48 hours. The project had a direct impact on reducing the average number of days in jail and generated significant financial savings. Project 48 demonstrated an impressive cooperative effort that included the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices, Justice Court, District Court, and the Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyers. Project 48 was selected by the National Association of Counties for their 2016 Achievement Award in the category of Court Administration and Management.

Judge Barker began his public service career in 1984, when he was sworn in as a Clark County Deputy District Attorney and promoted in 1989 to Chief Deputy District Attorney supervising the Major Fraud Division. In that role, he worked in numerous divisions including, criminal track team chief, screening, and Grand Jury/financial crimes. In 1991, he left the District Attorney’s Office for private practice with the law firm of Bell and Davidson. He returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1992.

In March 2007, Judge Barker was appointed to Department 18 of the Eighth Judicial District Court by Governor Jim Gibbons and ran unopposed in both 2008 and 2014. He has served impeccably as jurist in Department 18 and his regard for the Constitution and the justice system has been exemplary. He is highly respected, regarded as fair, balanced, ethical and committed. During his time on the bench, he valued respectful courtroom decorum, efficiency and courtesy.

Judge Barker has donated countless hours 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. His efforts have served to open doors for many young people interested in law careers. Judge Barker’s unwavering commitment to his family, career and his country are an example for all. Through his honor, virtue, and compassion, he has been an exemplary inspiration to the justice community. His consistent presence and steadfast leadership will be greatly missed.

 

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DSC_0269B.B. Wolf took the stand and told a harrowing tale of a boiling pot at the bottom of chimney; a trap set by the Little Pig for Wolf who was just trying to help a friend out. That story set the stage for the Las Vegas Day School third grade mock trial B.B. Wolf v Three Little Pigs in the courtroom of real District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The kids got a real feel of how justice works by serving as plaintiff, defendant, attorneys, judge, jurors, witnesses, marshal and even media.

After hearing the evidence from both sides, the jurors deliberated and found the little pig guilty of attempted murder. Not only did they learn how the justice system works, they learned if you have to go to court, be sure to get a good lawyer.

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