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The Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med Mal Sweeps, will be held on Monday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. in Courtroom 14A. If the trial department has been set, or your trial had already been set, re-set, or vacated in a previous Med Mal Sweeps, you don’t need to attend the Feb. 5 sweeps and must instead coordinate with your respective trial judge.

The Med Mal Sweeps calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

All med mal cases never set for trial, whose complaints were filed up to December 5, 2017 if a joint case conference report (JCCR) has been filed.

We will post a list of cases on the Clark County and Nevada State websites, once the calendar is finalized. The discovery commissioner won’t be present to address discovery issues, because only trial-ready cases whose trial schedule order has been established by the latest JCCR or SCHO (Scheduling Order) will be heard.

The court will work to enforce NRS 41.A.061.1, and will attempt to set all Chapter 41A Professional Negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed. Please bring a list of all the cases at which you will be appearing to the hearing. Those who may have questions regarding the calendar can contact Tatyana Ristic at (702) 671-3633.

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish issued a Minute Order today in the case brought by American Broadcasting, Inc. and other media outlets to unseal search warrant records from 1 October mass-shooter investigation.

Journal Entries: “The Court held a hearing on January 16, 2018. Since that hearing, the Court has reviewed the warrant related documents on file and under seal with the Court Clerk, the warrant related documents unsealed by the federal court, the LVMPD Preliminary Investigative Report dated January 18, 2018 which was publicly released last week, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s In Camera Sealed Supplemental Response to Petition to Unseal Search Warrant Records, filed under seal on January 23, 2018 in accordance with this Court’s order at the January 16 hearing.  After doing so, this Court has scheduled an in camera sealed hearing with LVMPD counsel and its proposed witness(es,) regarding the basis for its assertion of the need for continued confidentiality of the sealed search warrant records, for Friday January 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm. The hearing will be recorded, but sealed, in order to protect public safety and the ongoing law enforcement investigation. After the hearing, the Court will issue a public ruling regarding the Petition herein.”

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Settlement conferences have proven to be an effective way to resolve cases, and save time and resources for the court and involved parties. Judge Jerry Wiese has resumed the responsibility to handle settlement conferences for the District Court. “My staff and I in department 30 are excited for the opportunity to resume handling of the Overflow Settlement Conference Program,” said Judge Wiese. “I would like to convey my thanks to Judge Richard Scotti for all of his help in handling the program for the past year.”

Requests to schedule a settlement conference through the Judicial Settlement Conference Program, should be directed to Tatyana Ristic at 702-671-3633 or ristict@clarkcountycourts.us in department 30. There are immediate openings available to schedule Judicial Settlement Conferences. Those who have an upcoming trial date and want to try a Settlement Conference prior to trial, should contact department 30 in District Court.

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Judge Bryce Duckworth will take on the role to preside over the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division, effective January 1. Judge Duckworth will take over for Judge Charles Hoskin, who has served as the presiding judge of the Family Division for two terms.

“I appreciate the work that Judge Hoskin has done while presiding over the Family Division,” said Judge Duckworth. “In taking on this role of presiding judge, I will continue to work diligently to facilitate the important work of the Family Division to provide families and individuals a means to address difficult circumstances, heal and find closure.”

Judge Bryce Duckworth was elected in 2008. Prior to taking the bench in January 2009, Judge Duckworth practiced law with Dickerson, Dickerson, Lieberman & Consul (later known as Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker), practicing primarily in the area of family law. He worked as an associate attorney and later became a shareholder at Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker. In 2004, he joined the law firm of Smith, Larsen & Wixom, where he managed their family law department. Judge Duckworth is from Salt Lake City, Utah and attended the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah. While at the S.J. Quinney School of Law, he was honored as a William H. Leary Scholar. He also served as a member of the Utah Law Review.

“I look forward to working with Judge Duckworth as the presiding Family division Judge. He is very well respected and I anticipate he will bring good ideas and positive energy to the role,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “I  also want to thank Judge Hoskin for his service presiding over the Family Division for two terms.”

Judge Duckworth is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada, and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. On December 7, Judge Duckworth was awarded the Heroes of Justice Award 2017, “for his integrity, honesty, courage and dedication to the administration of justice.” In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the State of Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and continues to serve on the committee.

He served as the Chair of the Family Law Executive Council for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada from March 2007 until March 2009. Judge Duckworth also served as a member of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada and the Certified Court Interpreters Advisory Committee.

Judge Hoskin turns over the post of presiding judge after serving four years. He has served on the bench since 2009. He will return to presiding over a full docket of family related cases.

 

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An army of volunteers descended on Cashman Center on Nov. 14 to provide services to thousands of Valley homeless at Project Homeless Connect. The Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division set up a court on-site. Judge Linda Marquis set sixty-day hearings and quashed warrants for 28 cases with homeless parents who had fallen behind on child-support payments and needed time to get their finances in order. The court Information Technology Division created automated Orders specific to Project Homeless Connect and set up the makeshift courtroom at Cashman.

“This event was a big undertaking. Although it was District Court’s first year participating in this annual event, we made a huge impact,” said District Court Judge Linda Marquis, who presided over the hearings at the event. “I am proud of the District Court team that set up and supported the infrastructure that enabled us to hand litigants signed, file-stamped orders that quashed warrants and set return dates. The signed orders served as proof the litigants’ warrants had been quashed.  Those Orders enabled them to qualify for services from providers on-site.“

“Having a warrant is a roadblock to getting a job, finding a place to live or accomplishing other basics that help people live productive lives,” said Judge Charles Hoskin, who presides over the Family Division. “Judge Marquis spearheaded District Court participation in Project Homeless Connect to help give homeless parents an opportunity to turn things around. Judge Marquis’ work and commitment on this event are appreciated.”

Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an annual service and resource event for those experiencing homelessness or those who are at-risk of becoming homeless. The intent is to bring needed services in one, easily accessed location to help individuals overcome barriers to housing and self–sufficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The revamped Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med-Mal Sweeps, held on Aug. 7 went swiftly and smoothly with 155 cases calendared.  The only cases called were the new cases which were never previously set for trial, and cases reassigned from the four newly designated homicide departments.  We set for trial all of the new med-mal cases for which complaints were filed on or before June 5 and had a JCCR filed. In total, 58 trial dates were either re-set or set for the first time.

“It’s nice that we were able to further streamline the med-mal process using new guidelines set out by Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez,” said Judge Jerry Wiese, who presided over the sweeps. “We are providing attorneys with the assistance they need by helping them to avoid having too many trials set on top of each other. At the same time, we are providing the District Court judges the ability to manage their own calendars.”

The court is enforcing NRS 41.A.061.1 and attempting to set all Chapter 41A Professional Negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed.

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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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