Skip to content

eighthjdcourt

Info about the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Tag Archives: jury service

Scamphoto

Mother really did know best when it came to a 22 year-old former Las Vegas resident who got a call from a scammer posing as an officer, and threatening to throw her in jail for a warrant for missing jury duty. The young woman was scared and mortified, because she took the official sounding call at work on speaker, as coworkers listened. The fraudster offered the young woman, who currently lives in California, a remedy, if she headed to the grocery story to pay $1,000 fine. Bogus warrant scammers usually send their victims to the store to get prepaid credit cards that are untraceable.

On her way to the store, the would-be victim called her mom to convey her plight. The savvy mom immediately got suspicious and did an online search. Her quick search turned up a slew of information on scams aimed at bilking unsuspecting victims out of thousands of dollars for nonexistent warrants. Mom put the brakes on, stopped her daughter from making a big mistake and saved the day.

This scam is not new to our area. Missed jury duty warrant scams and other similar rip-offs have been going on for years in our community and across the country. Cunning con-artists are part of large rackets that have successfully stolen thousands of dollars from each of their many victims, who are fearful and fall prey to the official sounding schemes.

5 facts to ward off warrant scams

  1. Scams can be reported to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at Financialcrimes@lvmpd.com
  2. These jury warrant scams continue to pop up they can be done through phone call or e-mail.
  3. Be wary of phone calls or emails that look like a jury summons and request important personal information, including: date of birth and social security and driver’s license numbers and threatens a fine or prison for failing to respond.
  4. 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 calls should not respond and are advised to contact law enforcement.
  5. Another key red flag is the request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.

The District Court website has information on jury service; visit http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/juror-information/index.html. Those who have received a summons can reschedule jury service online at https://ejuror.clarkcountycourts.us. A jury phone line is also available at 702-455-4472 (callers should remain on the line for the operator).

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , ,

JuryBox

Former jurors, who have recently served in the Nevada federal or state court, are sought for a panel on Sept. 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, to give input on how to improve the jury system. The participants will be provided lunch compliments of the New York University’s Civil Jury Project and the Clark County Bar Association.

Former jurors who have recently served in the Nevada federal or state court and would like to participate in the panel can RSVP to rlJolly@nyu.edu or (562) 304-6364 to attend. Lunch will be provided. Transportation and parking expenses will be reimbursed.

Tags: , , , , ,

Former jurors, who have recently served in the Nevada federal or state court, are sought for a panel on Sept. 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, to give input on how to improve the jury system. The participants will be provided lunch compliments of the New York University’s Civil Jury Project and the Clark County Bar Association.

Legal experts note there is a historic decline in the number of civil jury trials, both at the state and federal level. The luncheon is a forum to learn from the former jurors how jury duty can be improved based upon their first hand observations. The former jurors, along with judges, will have the opportunity to share experiences and insight gained, and to provide input on proposals to make jury trials more efficient. Steve Susman the Executive Director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law will present information on national trends uncovered by The Civil Jury Project. Attorneys are invited to observe the session for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit through the Clark County Bar Association.

The Civil Jury Project is the only academic center in the country dedicated exclusively to studying civil jury trials. Their goal is to find out why jury trials are vanishing, whether this is a bad thing, and, if so, what can be done to avoid their extinction. The juror luncheon is part of the national study that includes more than 260 state and federal judges from around the country, legal professionals and academics.

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Timothy Williams, who has been involved in The Civil Jury Project, called juries “the great regulator.” “Juries are important for one basic reason, under our United States Constitution there are guarantees of jury trials in both civil and criminal matters. As a result, the process cannot function unless our citizens are willing to participate,” said Judge Williams. “There is a two-prong reason for them to participate: number one, it’s a duty to do so as citizens of this country; and, it’s a great service provided to the community.”

Judge Williams has been instrumental in conducting this jury input project and said, “Participation of jurors that have served is vital. I’m hoping they can share their stories and experiences and give the courts, lawyers and justice system insight on how we can improve their service and their experience when they serve on a jury.” He acknowledged that when citizens receive a summons they generally don’t want to serve; but, once they serve, they realize that their vote and their service to the community really matter.

Last year, former Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez appointed a Jury Services Committee chaired by Judge Williams and Judge Valerie Adair, and comprised of members of the bar, legislators, the community and the jury commissioner. The committee has made progress in their examination of the jury process from summons through discharge and in their exploration of the viability of further operational and technological improvements that could enhance jury service processes.

Former jurors who have recently served in the Nevada federal or state court and would like to participate in the panel can RSVP to kv20@nyu.edu or (212) 729-2016 to attend. Lunch will be provided. Transportation and parking expenses will be reimbursed.

Tags: , , , , , ,

dsc_0960

Earlier this week, we had a jury appreciation event. Jury service is an important and essential part of the justice system but there are a lot of misconception about it. Our District Court Jury Services employees revealed the top 10 misconceptions about jury service.

  1. Jury service is boring.Serving on a jury can be a very interesting, informative and rewarding life experience.  It gives those who serve on a jury a front row seat to our justice system and valuable insight on how it works.
  2. Jury duty lasts for weeks or months at a time. – In reality, jury duty for the majority of people lasts only one day if required to appear. On average, only 50 percent of people end up being required to report when summoned; seven percent end up being sent to the courtroom; and only one percent actually serve on a jury. The average jury trials in the Eighth Judicial District Court last three to five days (there are exceptions).
  3. Employers won’t allow attendance, will fire or take action against employees, or will require them to work while on jury duty. – Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 6.190, employers must allow employees to attend jury and it is unlawful to take any action against a person for performing his or her civic duty. In addition, employers are prohibited from requiring employees to use sick leave or vacation time to serve jury duty, and may not require the person to work within eight hours before serving, or to work if jury service (including time going to and from court) will take four or more hours.
  4. A warrant for arrest will automatically be issued or a person will automatically be fined if jury duty is missed. – There is due process for failure to appear for jury duty. The first step is to automatically summon the person to appear again within sixty days. Failing to appear a second time makes a person subject to additional consequences. The one exception would be if someone has already appeared and been assigned to a case panel or jury and then fails to show up during the trial. In that instance, the judge could use sanctions. The court does not contact people by phone to solicit money for failure to serve on jury duty.
  5. Stating that you can’t be fair for whatever reason will warrant immediate excusal. – Each juror must face a judge and state any prejudices or biases under oath in open court.
  6. Being a convicted felon automatically excludes one from serving and will get a person out of jury duty. – If an individual has been convicted of a felony and has had his or her civil rights restored, he or she is eligible to serve on a jury. There are certain classes of felony where civil rights are automatically restored.
  7. Professional people do not have to serve on jury duty. – Doctors, lawyers, teachers, military, executives, government workers, court staff, and people from all professions are eligible for jury duty. If a person is a qualified elector in the state (i.e., eligible to vote whether or not the right is exercised), he or she is eligible to serve. There are certain exemptions under the law for matters of safety and security and for legislators in session.
  8. If selected as a juror I will be sequestered. – While the court has this option, it is rarely exercised. Jurors are kept separate from the public as much as reasonably possible while serving. As a general rule, jurors are allowed to go home after court.
  9. I am being targeted for jury duty every 18 months or as a result of past tickets or law violations. – The jury management system summons people from all demographic areas and zip codes in the community on a random basis. That is why some people may end up being summoned again as soon as 18 months later and others don’t serve for years or may never be called. If someone has changed his or her last name, it is possible he or she could be summoned again. If this occurs, individuals should contact jury services. It is possible to receive a summons from the District Court and also to be summoned by Federal Court.
  10. I can’t serve if I am over a certain age. – The court does not exclude anyone of legal age from serving jury duty. Individuals who are 70 years and older (or 65 years old and having to travel more than 65 miles), have the option of choosing to be exempt from serving jury duty.

Tags: , ,

dsc_0964

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.” That’s why jury service is so important and that’s why the Eighth Judicial District Court and Nevada Supreme Court are surprising potential jurors with a jury appreciation day on September 13 at 8 a.m. in the Jury Services Lounge of the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. Those responding to the call for jury duty will be surprised with fresh coffee and pastries compliments of the District Court judges. Jury services employees will reveal the top 10 misconceptions about jury service and offer the important truth.

Jury services is widely recognized as essential pillar of our justice system and those who serve their civic duty are highly regarded and appreciated by the court. District Court has upgraded and streamlined Jury Services to improve efficiency and save time for all involved in the jury selection process, most notably attorneys and reporting jurors. “The American Justice system cannot work without jurors. I encourage anyone who receives a jury summons to respond and play their important role in our justice system.” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “Most who serve on juries find it to be rewarding, and enlightening. As a judge, I realize how essential jurors are and I deeply value and commend those who take their responsibility to serve on a jury seriously.”

A series of upgrades initiated by past Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti began several years ago and is ongoing. Some of the most recent improvements include 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) has been upgraded to help jurors navigate through the reporting process by, among other things, offering jury qualification questionnaires online to improve pre-qualification rates. Potential jurors can complete their qualification questionnaires and upload/attach documentation right onto their record. Potential jurors can also update their addresses and find information on what to expect, FAQs, directions to courthouse/parking, and the orientation video. Potential jurors/jurors are also able to select their preferred method of contact including: email, text, phone, or mail. Reminder calls can be made to jurors 10 days in advance and the night prior to reporting.

“Jury service is vital for our justice system,” said Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons. “Those who receive a jury summons should be sure to respond. It’s an honor to serve this civic duty and be part of what makes this county exceptional. I served on a jury and it was a great experience,”

Other upgrades include two 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. Court plans include the addition of 10 kiosks with bar code scanning capability. 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.

 

Tags: , , ,