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The April 5 Family Law Bench-Bar meeting at noon, will offer the latest case law updates and other important information that those practicing family law should know. The meeting will be held in courtroom 9, at 601 N. Pecos Road. Topics to be covered include, important information on records sealing, early case conferences, case law updates and a recognition portion. Bench Bar meetings are a great forum to get questions and issues addressed, network and learn the latest legislative and other changes impacting family law.

Mark your calendar now for the May 10, noon Family Law Bench-Bar meeting in courtroom 9 at Family Court.


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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 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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Wildfires in Northern Nevada have reportedly caused the Nevada Legislature website to go down just when many changes impacting the courts are going into effect. The good news is that attorneys who are looking to get the top information on legislation impacting the courts can get it at the Tuesday, July 11 Civil Bench-Bar Meeting. Judge Gloria Sturman will present a summary of the changes at the July 11 Bench-Bar meeting at noon in courtroom 10D.

The June Nevada Supreme Court decisions will also be reviewed at the Bench-Bar. Attorneys are encouraged to bring up other topics or questions they may have to be addressed. The Civil Bench-Bar meetings are a great opportunities for members of the Bar Association to get important information on the courts, network and grab a bite to eat.

Upcoming Dates/Events

Business Court Bench/Bar quarterly meeting – September 26, Courtroom 3H

Criminal Judges Meeting, August 16, at 12 p.m., Courtroom 16C

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Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, Attorney Pat Chapin, chairman of the ADR section of the State Bar with Commissioner Beecroft for recognition of timer donation.

In a short trial, time is of the essence: one day, three hours for each side. It’s a tight schedule that must be followed; that’s why timers are needed. Time was set aside in a recent civil judges meeting to show appreciation for time-clocks donated by the ADR Section of the Nevada State Bar for the Short Trial Program. Attorney Pat Chapin, chairman of the ADR section of the State Bar, said a few words at the request of Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. The timers are used to keep attorneys within their allotted time, to keep the short trials short.

The short trial program has a successful track-record of resolving cases. In 2015, 496 cases resolved with 76 of those cases going to short trial. If parties are looking for a fast-track resolution that falls within a $50,000 per plaintiff cap, and they feel it appropriate, they can stipulate to enter their case in short trial program at any time or request that their judge hear the case as a short trial. Short trials have a four-juror panel (the parties can stipulate to more than 4 jurors).

Short Trial rules can be found on the court website . Other information can be obtained by calling the Alternative Dispute Resolution office at 702-671-4493.

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