Las Vegas Court Updates

 

June 1, 2020 Update

EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE MATTER
REGARDING ALL COURT OPERATIONS IN
RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Administrative Order: 20-17

On March 12, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak issued a Declaration of Emergency ·
response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next day, March 13, 2020, the President of the Unite
States 1.declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to §501(6) of the Robert T. Stanford Disaste
Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. 42 U.S.C. §§5121-5207. To mitigate the spread of thi
deadly virus, the Center for Disease Control recommends social distancing and wearing fac
coverings. Governor Sisolak, in Directive 021, also recommends social distancing and mandate
the wearing of face masks by employees interfacing with the public.
The Nevada Constitution provides in Article 3 § I that, ”The powers of the Govemmen
of the State of Nevada shall be divided into three separate departments, – the Legislative, – th
Executive and the Judicial; and no persons charged with the exercise of powers proper!
belonging to one of these departments shall exercise any functions, appertaining to either of th
others, except in the cases expressly directed or permitted in this constitution.” The Neva
Supreme Court has also fowid that ”In addition to the constitutionally expressed powers an
functions of each Department, each (the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial) posses
inherent and incidental powers that are properly tenned ministerial. Ministerial functions av
methods of implementation to accomplish or put into effect the basic function
Department.” Galloway y, Truesdell, 83 Nev. 13, 21,422 P.2d 234, 237 (1967).
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The judicial power is vested in the state Court system comprised of the Nevada Suprem
2 Court, the Nevada Court of Appeals, District Courts, Justice Courts and Municipal Courts. Nev
3 Const. art. VI, § 1. The Nevada Constitution expressly recognizes the Chief Justice as th
4 administrative head of the Court system. Nev. Const. art. VI §19. By expressly identifying th
s Chief Justice as the Court system’s administrative leader, the Chief Justice has “inherent powe
6 to take actions reasonably necessary to administer justice efficiently, fairly, and economically.’
7 Halverson v. Hardcastle, 123 Nev. 245, 260, 163 P.3d 428, 439 (2007). Consequently, th
8 Nevada Supreme Court, ccthrough the Chief Justice, has the ultimately authority over th
9 judiciary’s inherent administrativef unctions.” Id..a t 260, 163P .3da t 439.

Rule l.30(b) of the Rules of Practice for the Eighth Judicial District Court charges th
Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court with various responsibilities, includin
supervising the administrative business of the District Court, ensuring the quality and continui
of Court services, supervising the Court calendar, reassigning cases as convenience or necessi
requires, assuring the Court’s duties are untimely and orderly performed, and otherwis
facilitating the business of the district Court.
Following the March 12, 2020 Declaration of Emergency, the District Court, ·
consultation with the Nevada Supreme Court, concurred with the Governor and exercised i
ministerial judicial powers. The District Court entered Administrative Orders 20-01 throug
20-14 and 20-16 on an emergency basis. These Orders changed Court procedures to minimiz
person-to-person contact and mitigate the risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, whil
continuing to provide essential Court services.
Since March 12, 2020, the Governor has reopened essential and non-essential businesse
with certain protections in place. As our State enters Phase 2 of recovery, in order to ensur
access to justice and to prevent an excessive backlog of cases, the District Court will beg·
hearing all cases. At the same time, the safety of the public and Court staff remains a priority
This order, entered jointly with the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court provides fo
continued extensive use of alternative means appearances, social distancing protocols, and mask
wearing to allow the business of the Court to go forward safely.
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For purposes of clarity and to avoid confusion, this order supersedes AO 20-01 tbroug
2 20-13 and 20-16. Any portions of those orders that remain in effect are included in this order.
3 AO 20-14 (the process for electronic processing of search warrants) remains in effect.
4 where otherwise noted, this order takes effect June 1, 2020.

SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONS
Governor Sisolak’s May 7, 2020 Declaration of Emergency Directive
employers to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing and sanitatio
guidelines and to follow guidelines promulgated by the Nevada State Occupational Safety an
Health Administration (NV OSHA). The Governor reiterated these principles in Directiv
021§§12-16.
Under the directive, employers must require employees who interact with the public
cover their noses and mouths with face coverings to the maximum extent possible and employer
must meet or exceed standards promulgated by NV OSHA. The directive also encourage
employers and employees to incorporate the following protocols into their operations to th
maximum extent practicable:
(1) Encourage customers to cover their noses and mouths with face coverings;
(2) Continue to encourage telework, whenever possible and feasible with business
operations;
(3) Return to work in phases;
(4) Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact, or enforc
strict social distancing protocols;
(5) Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a
vulnerable population;
(6) Encourage employees to do a self-assessment each day in order to check if they have
any COVID-19 type symptoms, for example, fever, cough or shortness of breath;
(7) Practice hand hygiene;
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(8) Perform frequent enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces;
(9) Implement separate operating hours for vulnerable populations;
(10) Provide signage advising the public of appropriate social distancing within the
facility, including six feet of social distancing from other individuals; and
(11) Provide readily available hand sanitizer or other sanitizing products for employees
and customers.
NV OSHA’s guidelines require that employers must provide face coverings
employees assigned to serving the public and shall require these employees to wear the fac
coverings so as to cover their faces and mouths. NV OSHA also recommends that employer
monitor employees, including during lunches and breaks to ensure that they are maintainin
proper social distancing protocols at all times.
The District Court is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all o
employees and the public we serve. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will need t
change many of our ordinmy practices in a manner that reduces the risks associated with thi
public health emergency. Consequently, the following precautions are ordered:
Screening Protocols
During this time, it is critical to prevent the spread of illness among members of th
Court, counsel, staff, the public, and our community partners. The Centers for Disease Contro
has advised people to take precautions to stay healthy and that the best way to prevent illness i
to avoid exposure. As a result, District Court Administration shall maintain notices at th
entrance of all District Court facilities advising the following people may not enter the Co
facility:
(I) Persons who have traveled out of the country in the past 14 days or who reside with
someone who has traveled out of the country in the past 14 days;
(2) Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health
agency;

(3) Persons who have been diagnosed with coronavirus and not medically cleared or
persons who have had contact in the past 14 days with anyone diagnosed with
coronavirus and not medically cleared; or
(4) Persons with unexplained fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
The Marshal’s Division may develop screening protocols including screening question
and temperature checks if deemed appropriate. Anyone attempting to enter in violation of thes
protocols or refusing to comply with the protocols will be denied entry by District C
Marshals.
District Court Administration will also maintain a customer service number ·
cooperation with the Las Vegas Municipal Court and Las Vegas Justice Court to assist all person
unable to enter the Court facility because of exposure or illness. If a person is unable to app
in Court because of the restrictions, that person may call 702-455-4472 to speak to a custome
service representative for assistance in rescheduling their Court appearance, arranging fo
appearance by alternative means or to obtain other information based on the circumstances of th
appearance.
Appearances by Alternative Means
During this time, due to restrictions on the entrants to the Court facilities and to redu
the potential for spread of infection, appearances by alternative means · are strongly encourage
whenever possible. This includes all case types. Unless exceptional circumstances exist, Distric
Court Judges should accommodate requests to appear by alternative means for any attorney
party or witness who is considered a vulnerable person under Governor’s Directive 21§5. Thi
includes persons who are over 65, pregnant, or suffering from an underlying health condition.
The District Court has four methods of appearance by alternative means: videoconferenc
through BlueJeans, telephone conference through BlueJeans, regular telephone, and CourtCall
Since CourtCall involves a cost to the litigants, no party may be required to use CourtCall at thi
time. Use of BlueJeans is strongly favored given the number of people the system c
accommodate and its compatibility with the JAVS system. Video is also favored

Attoreys, parties, and witnesses are reminded that alternative means still constitutes
court appearance and attire should remain professional and court appropriate. Appearance
should be made from a quiet place free of distractions. Also, for the safety of the community an
for the quality of the audio recording, no appearances by alternative means should be made whil
driving.
The requirement for a formal written notice of any appearance by alternative means i
suspended. Arrangements for alternative appearances may be made via e-mail to the department
JEA. E-mails about scheduling appearances should not be sent to the department inboxes.
Nevada Supreme Court Rules Part IX expressly excludes juvenile proceedings from th
rules governing appearances by telephonic and audiovisual transmission. This rule is suspend
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys, probation officers, social workers, parents
guardians, and any other necessary parties to a juvenile proceeding are strongly encouraged t
appear by alternative means.
For civil and domestic cases, if the judge intends to hold a hearing before deciding
matter, the judicial department will contact attorneys or self-represented litigants two judicial
days before the hearing to determine which method of appearance the party intends to use an
gather the appropriate contact information to arrange for the appearance by alternative means.
For probate cases, attorneys appearing by alternative means or having clients appear by
alternative means must notify the departments via e-mail two judicial days before the
appearance, The e-mail to the department must include the case number for the proceeding an
the names and e-mail addresses for each person appearing by video. This will allow the
department to send a link to appear via video. If arrangements need to be made on shorter notice

due to an emergency, the judicial department must be contacted by phone.
For criminal cases, juvenile dependency cases, and juvenile delinquency cases al
appearances by alternative means for attorneys and out-of-custody defendant must be throu
BlueJeans video unless for technical reasons a phone conference is necessary. Attorney
appearing by video, or having clients/witnesses/agency representatives/probation officers app
by alternative means, must notify the department via e-mail at least one judicial day before th
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1 appearance. In juvenile cases, parents or guardians may provide their e-mail addresses to th
2 juvenile’s attorney to arrange for the appearance. The e-mail to the department must include th
3 case number for the proceeding and the names and e-mail addresses for each person appearin
4 by video. This will allow the department to send a link to appear via video. If arrangemen
s need to be made on shorter notice due to an emergency, the judicial department must b
6 contacted by phone.
7 Media reporters may request to attend any public court proceeding by alternative mean
8 for the purpose . of observing the proceedings. Any reporter requesting an appearance in thi
9 manner must contact the department for a BlueJeans video link. Reporters appearing b

alternative means must remain on mute and are not permitted to interject or speak during an
proceeding. A reporter violating this rule will lose the ability to appear by alternative means.
Mandatory Face Coverings
For the health and safety of all, members of the public must wear face coverings tha
cover their noses and mouths. Face coverings must be worn at all times while in any Co
facility and while in any security screening line to enter a Court facility. “Court facilities’
include the Regional Justice Center, the Family Court building, District Court courtrooms an
office space on the tenth and eleventh floors of the Phoenix building, District Court courtroom
and office space in the Greystone building and District Court office space in the Clark Plac
building.
All District Court employees must cover their noses and mouths with face covering
while at work unless they are alone in unshared work space. This includes all common areas o
any facility as well as parking lots, back hallways, employee-only elevators, shared restroom
and break rooms.
All attorneys, vendors, and employees of any organization or entity who work in a Co
facility must cover their noses and mouths with face coverings while in any common areas of th
facilities. Common areas include, but are not limited to, security screening, lobby areas, publi
elevators, employee elevators, shared back hallways, public restrooms and courtrooms. Thi
includes, but is not limited to, employees of Las Vegas Municipal Court, Las Vegas Justic
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Court, Legal Aid Self-Help Centers, Clark County Clerk’s Main Office, Clark County Distric
Attorney’s Office, Clark County Public Defender’s Office, Clark County Department of Juvenil
Justice Services, Clark County Department of Family Services, and contract counsel. Employe
of other organizations or entities with space in Court facilities are subject to the policies of thei
individual employer while in their own organization’s work space.
Children under the age of two and individuals who are unable to remove the fac
covering without assistance do not have to comply with the above-referenced face coverin
directives. Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering should make arrangements
appear by alternative means.
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times.
Meetings
Meeting by telephone, teleconference, videoconference or e-mail remains
preferred. To protect judicial resources and prevent the spread of illness among members of th
Court, counsel, staff, public and community partners, there shall be no in-person gatherings o
meetings to discuss Court business of more than 50 people. This includes judges meetings
executive committee meetings; division judges meetings; bench-bar meetings; any meetings wi
community partners; specialty Court staffmg; specialty Court graduations; administrativ
department meetings; continuing education meetings; meetings of judges, hearing masters and/a
staff within a particular case assignment. Any in-person meeting must observe social distancin
and mask requirements. No food or beverages may be served at in-person meetings.
Policies
Court Administration is directed to develop more extensive rctwn-to-work policies
provide guidance to supervisors and employees to ensure that the District Court is complyin
with OSHA guidelines. This may include screening, hygiene practices, social distancin
practices, sanitation, employee phasing in and remote work schedules, and disciplin
guidelines for failure of employees to follow safety protocols.
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1 Social Distancing
2 All District Court Judges and Court Administration must adhere to the social distancin
3 space plans as diagramed by Real Property Management at the request of the District Court. Th
4 plans will be provided separately.
s District Court employees must ensure they maintain proper social distancing at all tinie
6 while at work and during breaks. District Court Marshals should maintain proper socia
7 distancing at all times except when their work assignment makes it impossible to do.
8 Social distancing must be observed by all members of the public and occupants o
9 common areas of court facilities. Public and employee elevators at Court facilities must b
10 limited to no more than four occupants at a time to prevent crowding.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
Attorney Obligations
Attorneys, as officers of the Court, have ethical obligations for cooperative civility unde
normal circumstances. This Court, under the present circumstances, reminds attorneys that the
have an obligation to cooperate with the Courts and one another as we all navigate thes
challenging circumstances. This is not the time to press for unwarranted tactical advantages
unreasonably deny continuances or other accommodations, or otherwise talce advantage of th
challenges presented due to the current pandemic. Lawyers are expected to be civil
professional, and understanding of their colleagues, parties and witnesses who are ill o
otherwise unable to meet obligations because of the current restrictions.
Clerk’s Office Remains Closed to In-Person Filing
For the safety of the clerks and to minimize building traffic, the Clerk’s Offices at bo
the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court will remain closed to in-person filing unti
further notice. Filings must be completed electronically. For litigants who do not have th
ability to electronically file documents, documents may be mailed as follows:
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District Court Civil/Criminal Division
Attn: Clerk’s Office
Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 891 SS
District Court Family Division
Attn: Clerk’s Office
Family Court
601 N. Pecos Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89155
The Clerk’s Office shall maintain a safety protocol for clerks tasked with opening mai
and handling paper documents.
OTHER THAN MAIL, NO PAPER DOCUMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY T
COURT AT THIS TIME. Call (702) 455-4472 with questions regarding filing.
Continuances
The continuance of any trial or evidentiary hearing will be considered on a case-by-cas
basis. Attorneys may have difficulty obtaining witnesses or being prepared for evidentia
proceedings in the period immediately following the duration of the administrative order
rel_atingto COVID-19. Continuances should be granted to allow time for preparation or to obtai
witnesses. Judges will need to examine the merits of any application for a continuance, balancin
the consequences of a delay in the proceedings and the constraints placed o~ attorneys an
litigants to prepare for a trial or evidentiary hearing.
Courtesy Copies
No paper courtesy copies of any documents filed in Odyssey may be sent to the Court fo
any case type. Judges are strongly discouraged from requesting electronic courtesy copies fro
parties due to the burden it places on the system as a result of additional storage required. Thi
does not preclude a judge from asking for a word version of a submitted order that require
significant editing. To reduce the potential spread of infection through paper and to reduce Cou
operating costs, judges are strongly discouraged from having documents printed from Odyssey t
read.
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Counsel should contact the Court Clerk for handling of documents that cannot b
2 converted to electronic format.

Depositions
In-person depositions may go forward effective July 1, 2020 as long as social distancin
5 protocols are observed. Until that date, no in-person depositions shall proceed except
6 stipulation or order obtained after filing a motion demonstrating good cause for the need for
7 in-person deposition. Deposition by alternative means is the preferred method of handlin
8 depositions. During the period this order is in effect the Court interprets NRCP 28(a)(I) an
9 NRCP 30 to allow the deposition officer to be in a separate location from the despondent.
10 SCR Part IX-B(A) and (B) Rule 9.

Attorneys must cooperate in the scheduling of witnesses, in the handling depositions b
alternative means when any participant is part of a wlnerable population, and in continuin
depositions when needed because of COVID-19 issues.
Discovery (Civil and Domestic)
All discovery hearings in both the civil and domestic case types shall continue to b
conducted by alternative means.
The tolling of discovery deadlines will end on July I, 2020. This includes deposition b
written questions, interrogatories, production of documents, entering onto land for inspectio
purposes and requests for admissions. The Court acknowledges that discovery may still b
impeded by COVID-19 related issues and it may be difficult to obtain certain items such
medical records. Judges are encouraged to grant requests to continue discovery under thes
circumstances.
BeginningJ uly 1, 2020,R ule 35 examinationsm ay be scheduled as medicalp rovidersa r
available. Parties may agree to schedule the Rule 35 exam sooner. Parties may also file
motion with the Discovery Commissioner demonstrating good cause to proceed forward with
Rule 35 examination. Good cause includes an emergency such as imminent destruction or las
of evidence. · The motion shall also include protocols for ensming the safety of the examiner an
an affidavit from the medical provider indicating that the provider is able to conduct th
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1 examination following those protocols. Any issues with scheduling or health concerns of th
2 party to be examined should be addressed with the Discovery Commissioner.
3 Discovery motions may be resolved on the papers by way of a written recommendatio
4 issued by the Discovery Commissioner. If the Commissioner determines oral argument i
s needed, the hearing will be held by alternative means unless the Commissioner determines
6 personal appearance is necessary.
7 Electronic Service
8 All lawyers and self-represented litigants are required to register for electronic servic

and update any change of e-mail address with the Court. In the limited circumstance where
self-represented litigant does not have an e-mail address, the Court Clerk’s Office is directed t
assist the self-represented litigant in creating an e-mail address.
Hearings
At this time, hearings of all sorts in all case types should go forward. Except as provide
in this order, all District Court non-evidentiary hearings must be conducted by video o
telephonic means or decided on the papers unless otherwise directed by a District Court Judge
Cases should be rescheduled at the request of parties or counsel due to issues caused by th
COVID-19 pandemic including witness unavailability, inability to obtain documents or othe
good cause.
Evidentiary hearings should go forward when possible. Appearances by witnesses
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parties, and lawyers should be by alternative means unless the District Court Judge finds that

personal appearance by an individual is necessary to the proceeding. To the extent possible
exhibits should be produced, displayed, and admitted in an electronic fonnat.
Original Signature Requirements
With the exception of documents requiring the signature of a notary, an electroni
signature will be considered an original signature. All documents filed with the Court may b
electronically signed as provided in the Nevada Electronic Filing ·and Conversion Rules, Rul
ll(a). All documents requiring a signature of another person may be electronically signed·
however, the party submitting the document must obtain e-mail verification of the other person’
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agreement to sign electronically. That verification must be embedded in the document o
2 attached as the last page of the document.
3 Filers are reminded that NRCP Rule 11 provides sanctions for filing with imprope
4 purpose, which would include a misrepresentation of a signature. Additionally, other civil o
s criminal penalties could apply for misrepresenting or fraudulently signing a document.
6 Proposed Orders
7 All proposed orders, requests for orders shortening time, stipulation and orders, or an
8 other document submitted to a judge for signature shall be submitted to the appropriat
9 department electronically. A department inbox list is attached to this order. DEPARTMEN
10 INBOXES ARE TO BE USED ONLY FOR SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS FOR TH
11 JUDGE’S SIGNATURE. NO OTHER E-MAILS MAY BE SENT TO DEPARTMEN
12 INBOXES.

Documents must be submitted as a PDF document. If a judge has significant revisions
the department will request a Microsoft Word version of the order from the submitting party fo
editing purposes. The Court notes that both WordPerfect and Apple Pages allow documents to b
saved in a Word format.
The e-mail subject line must identify the full case number, the filing event code, and th
name of the case. The information must be in that order for the Court’s automated filing syste
to work properly. This naming convention looks like: A-20-1234560-C- ORDR- Smith v. Doe
Documents not properly submitted may be returned.
NO ADDITIONAL ARGUMENT OR DISCUSSION SHOULD BE INCLUDED
THEE-MAIL.
After reviewing submitted documents, the judge will electronically sign and file the orde
into the Odyssey system. The Court will not print or retain paper copies of the orders.
All documents submitted will be filed. by the department and served to all partie
registered for electronic service. Parties are responsible for filing the Notice of Entry of Order a
well as serving orders by mail to any party who is not registered for electronic service.
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1 For any self-represented litigant who is unable to submit an order by e-mail, the Co
2 shall prepare and file the order.
3 To ensure the integrity of electronically signed and filed orders, the Clerk’s Office wil
4 reject orders submitted for filing from outside of the Court.
s Rule 16.1 (Civil), 16.2 (Domestic), and 16.205 (Custody) Early Case Conferences
6 Rule 16.1. 16.2, and 16.205 conferences should proceed. Early case conferences shoul
7 be conducted by telephone or videoconference. To the extent possible, all initial disclosures
8 supplements and other written discovery should be exchanged through electronic means. If
9 conference cannot proceed because of issues related to COVID-19, an appropriate motion shoul
1 o be filed with the assigned District Court Judge.

Deadlines for initial disclosures, disclosure of expert witnesses and testimony:
supplementation of discovery, pre-trial disclosures, and filing of case conference reports will n
longer be stayed as of July 1, 2020. Requests to continue deadlines should be filed with th
assigned District Court Judge. ·
Settlement Conferences (Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions)
In order to assist with the backlog of trials, judicial settlement
encouraged. Settlement conferences may be held by alternative means. If the settlemen
conference is not held by alternative means, the judge and attorneys must develop a soc_ia
distancing plan prior to the settlement conference. All participants must wear masks that cove
their noses and mouths.
Civil and Family Division settlement conference programs will resume on July 1, 2020
Settlement briefs and supporting exhibits must be submitted electronically. Collllsel may als
contact individual judges to request settlement conferences or reach out to the assigne
departments to submit a request for a senior judge to conduct a settlement conference.
Criminal Division settlement conferences will resume on June 1, 2020. Requests fo
settlement conferences should be submitted via e-mail on the settlement conference form to th
Chief Judge. The form must be completely filled out or the conference will not be set. In
custody criminal settlement conferences will be scheduled to take place in the Lower Leve
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Arraignment courtroom. Priority will be given to trials where the defendant is in-custody an
has invoked speedy trial rights and to older homicide cases.
Specialty Courts (AU Divisions)
All status hearings should go forward by alternative means unless a judge or hearin
master determines that extraordinary circumstances warrant a personal appearance. For Crimina
Division Specialty Court matters in-custody participants will continue to be heard together o
Fridays at noon. No jail or community service sanctions will be imposed by any specialty cou
program for non-compliance. This does not prevent mrest of a participant who is on probatio
for a probation violation. This also does not preclude a participant from being placed o
electronic monitoring; however, with the exception of felony DUI participants in the first si
months of the program who lack the current ability to self-pay, no Specialty Court participan
may be placed on CCDC house arrest. The Court will work with the treatment providers t
continue to provide treatment while balancing the safety of the participants and treatmen
provider staff.
Sealed Documents
If a party is requesting a document be sealed, the party must file a motion to file th
document under seal. The party should separately file the document to be sealed, using the co
TSPCA (Temporarily Sealed Pending Court Approval). The judge will review the motion an
determine whether the document should be filed under seal. Failure to properly submit a motio
to seal the documents, failure to submit the document separately, or· failure to use the prope
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document code may result in the public electronic filing of the temporarily sealed document.

Service of Process
The Court recognizes that accomplishing personal service may continue to pos
significant challenges at this time given that many businesses are closed or operating on a limit
capacity. Properly documented service issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will b
considered good cause for a timely motion to extend service of process.
between March 13, 2020 and June 30, 2020, good cause exists regardless of whether the motio
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is made before or after the 120-day service period. Effective July I, 2020, motions to exten
2 service of process must be filed prior to the expiration of the time to serve.
3 Summonses and Certified Copies
4 Summonses and certified copies shall be issued by the Court Clerk 1s Office. A lawyer
5 party seeking to have the Clerk of Court issue a summons under NRCP 4(b) shall e-file th
6 summons. The filing code “SEI” must be used for the proper processing of the summons. Th
7 Clerk will issue the summons electronically. All certified copies will be issued electronically.
8 Trials

Bench trials in all case types should go forward when possible. Appearances b
witnesses, parties, and lawyers should be by alternative means unless the District Court Judg
finds that a personal appearance by an individual is necessary to conduct the proceeding.
If possible, trial exhibits should be produced, displayed, and admitted in an electroni
fonnat. If the use of electronic exhibits is not possible, exhibits should be submitted to th
assigned judicial department at the direction of the Judge.
15 Beginning the week of June 1, the Jury Commissioner will begin summonsing jurors fo
16 jury trials. To maintain social distancing and juror safety, one panel of jurors will be summons

per day for District Court. The Jury Commissioner is to include health and safety information i
the jury summons, including social distancing and mask requirements. District Court J
selection will take place in the Jury Services Room. The District Court will prioritize trials
beginning with criminal cases involving interstate compact issues and criminal cases in whic
the defendant has invoked speedy trial rights. After those cases, the priority will be civil case
with preferential trial settings; older in-custody criminal cases; and older civil cases, particularl
those with NRCP 4l(e) timeline concerns.
Panels for other courts in Clark County may also be summonsed provided that Co
requesting the panel creates a social distancing/safety plan for the juries.
will be included with the jury summons.
Jury questionnaires will be sent, completed, returned and distributed to the Court an
counsel electronically. If a juror cannot complete a questionnaire by electronic means, th
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questionnaire will be mailed to the juror with a self-addressed and stamped return envelope
Once Jury Services receives the questionnaire back, it will be scanned and distributed with th
other questionnaires.
This order shall continue to stay trial in civil cases for purposes of tolling NRCP 41(e
except where a District Court Judge makes findings to lift the stay in a specific case to allow th
case to be tried.
The time period of any continuancee ntered as a result of this order shall be ex.eludedf o
the purposes of calculating speedy trial under NRS 178.556(1) and NRS 174.511 as the Co
finds that the ends of justice served by taking this action outweigh the interests of the parties an
public in a speedy trial.
Writs of Execution and Writs of Garnishment
Writs of execution and garnishment have been stayed by the Governor’s Directive 01
§1-2. No new writs of execution or garnishment may be issued while the stay is in place. Th
stay does not apply to child support, spousal support, or criminal restitution. Any change o
termination of that directive will be determined by the Governor.
CIVIL MATTERS
Alternative Dispute Resolution
All matters in the Court Annexed Arbitration Program, Court Annexed Mediatio
Program, and Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program should proceed. These matters shall b
conducted by video or telephonic means when possible. If a personal meeting is necessary;
social distancing must be observed and all participants must wear face coverings covering the·
noses and mouths.
For any cases assigned to the Court Annexed Arbitration program, none of the tim
between March 17, 2020 and June 1, 2020 shall count toward the one year deadline to hold an
arbitration hearing pursuant to NAR 12(B). Additional requests to toll time should be address
to the assigned District Court Judge on a case-by-case basis.
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Extension of Time Deadlines
2 Pursuant to NRCP 6(b), the Court recognizes the COVID-19 emergency as constitutin
3 “good cause” and “excusable neglect” warranting the extension of time in non-essential civi
4 case types. This provision will expire July 1, 2020. This does not apply to time deadlines tha
5 must not be extended under NRCP 6(b)(2) (motions under NRCP S0(b). 52(b). 59, and 60 an
6 motions made after NRCP 54(d)(2) time has expired).

Evictions and Foreclosures
Residential and small business evictions and judicial foreclosures have been stayed by th
Governor’s Directive 008 (Revised) §1, with certain exceptions. Any change or tennination o
that directive will be determined by the Governor.
Response Time for Offers of Judgment
The tolling of time to respond to offers of judgment submitted pursuant to NRCP 68 wil
13 end July 1, 2020. Parties will have until July 10, 2020 to respond to any pending offer o
14 judgment.

Rule 16 Conferences
Rule 16 conferences must be conducted by alternative means. The District Court Judge
should continue to comply with the deadlines set in NRCP 16(b )(2) but should be mindful tha
attorneys and parties may face difficulties conducting discovery, obtaining discovery response
and communicating with their clients. These potential difficulties should be addressed and take
into consideration when issuing NRCP 16 scheduling orders.
Statutes of Limitation; Medical Malpractice Cases
Statutes of limitation have been tolled by the Governor’s Directive 009 (Revised) §2
Any change or termination of that directive will be determined by the Governor. Attorneys an
litigants should be aware the District Court is unable to waive jurisdictional requirements fo
expert affidavit requirements in medical malpractice cases should counsel choose to file
complaint during this time or for requests for trial de novo.
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1 Stay of Cases
2 A complete stay of civil cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
3 case, or a continued stay of any case, should be liberally considered at this time based o
4 COVID-19 issues.
5 Subpoenas
6 Attorneys must obtain advance approval of the discovery commissioner to issu
7 subpoenas under NRCP 45
8 Short Trial Program
9 Due to the lack of available juror resources, short jury trials set in the next 90 days mus
10 be rescheduled. Short bench trials may proceed, preferably using alternative means to the exten
n possible.

CRIMINAL MATTERS
All criminal matters should proceed. Criminal law and motion hearing times will be
designated in the attachment to this order. Each judge will have a time to hear in-custody mattet
and a separate time for out-of-custody matters. Judges are encouraged to limit status checks o
request status updates in writing and to consider ruling on the papers for motions that do no
require oral argument.
Certified Copies
Certified copies of prior felony convictions for the purpose of a habitual crimina
determination shall be electronically filed in Ody55ey prior to sentencing. The filing should b
captioned “Certified Copies of Prior Felony Convictions.” If the certification seal is on the bac
of a page, the page should be copied and attached to the last page of the Judgment of Conviction.
Grand Jury
All three grand juries will begin hearing cases the week of June 1.
Jury will remain in place through July 15. The incoming prospective A Grand Jurors will b
summonsed to Jwy Services on Tuesday, June 30th for selection at 2:00 p.m. Also, based on th
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request of the District Attorney’s Office, the 2018C Grand Jury will be recalled beginning Friday,
July 10 and will meet every Friday thereafter until excused by the Court to allow the Distric
Attomey’s Office the opportunity to continue presentation of matters previous heard by tha
Grand Jury. No new matters may be presented to the recalled Grand Jury.
Any Grand Jurors who are unable to continue service to the Grand Jury due t
COVID-19 related health or employment issues will be excused on a case~by-case basis an
replaced with alternates.
All Grand Juries will meet in the 17 A Courtroom, which will be marked to provide fo
social distancing of grand jurors, witnesses, court reporter, and attorneys. All Grand Jurors
witnesses present in the Courtroom, attorneys, and the court reporter will be required to w
face coverings covering their nose and mouth while in the RJC and throughout the grand j
proceedings. No food or beverages will be permitted in the Courtroom.
Nevada Revised Statute 172.138 provided ior the use of audiovisual technology t
present live testimony at grand jury proceedings ”if good cause otherwise exists.” The statut
requires that the technology ensures that the witness may be “clearly heard and seen” an
“examined.” The Nevada Supreme Court has also provided for use of audiovisual equipment ·
criminal proceedings in Supreme Court Rules Part IX-A(B).
During the current COVID~19 pandemic, good cause exists to allow witnesses to appe
before the grand jury via audiovisual technology. In order for a witness to appear by altemativ
means, the State must notify the Chief Judge’s department two judicial days prior to th
proceeding. The State will provide the time of the witness’s testimony and the name, telephon
number and e-mail address of the witness to allow a BlueJeans link to be sent to the witness
District Court IT will assist with any issues with the audiovisual equipment on the Court side
but is not responsible for issues on the witness’s side.
Grand jury returns will take place at the end of each day to prevent the Grand J
Forepersons from having to re-enter the Regional Justice Center.
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Guilty Pleas
2 When the defendant is unable to provide a signed copy of the guilty plea due t
3 appearance by alternative means. the guilty plea shall be signed by by counsel in the followin
4 manner: “Signature affixed by (insert name of defense counsel) at the direction of (insert name o
s defendant)” The judge shall make a record that because of COVID-19 precautions that th
6 defendant was unable to physically sign the guilty plea agreement. The defendant shall b
7 canvassed by the judge taking the plea as follows:

On page_ of the plea agreement your attorney has signed your name with a
notation that they signed it at your direction. Is that correct?
Did you agree for your attorney to sign in place of your actual signature?
Did you knowingly, willingly and voluntarily direct your attorney to sign the
agreement on your behalf?
Before directing your attorney to sign for you, did you read the guilty plea
agreement and talk to your attorney about the tenns of the guilty plea agreement?
Did you discuss that your attorney signing your name at your direction will be
treated the same as if you actually signed the plea agreement?
Do you agree to have the signature placed on the agreement by your attorney to
be treated the same as if you signed the plea agreement?
21 In-Custody Appearances
22 All in-custody defendants will appear by video to the assigned judicial departments fo
23 law and motion calendars. Arraignments, competency, and in-custody specialty court m
24 will continue to be heard in the lower-level arraignment Courtroom. Except for jury trials, n
25 defendant will be transported to a District Court courtroom absent extraordinary circumstances
26 Due to limited access to alternative appearances, evidentiary hearings or lengthy sentencings fo
27 in-custody defendants should be coordinated through the Chief Judge’s office. Also, n
28
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defendant who is in isolation pursuant to Detention Services protocol will be brought for an
2 court appearance.
3 Defense attorneys will have limited ability to discuss matters with their clients durin
4 Court appearances. Attorney-client conversations will he facilitated if needed; however

attorneys are cautioned that it will be absolutely necessary for clients to be prepared in advanc
of court.
Out-of-Custody Appearances
Due to the limited capacity of the Regional Justice Center at this time, out-of-custod
defendants must appear by alternative means whenever possible, including for entry of plea
status checks, motions, and sentencing where the negotiation contemplates probation. Out-of.
custody defendants shall appear in person for probation revocation hearings where jail time o
revocation is being sought, sentencings where the negotiation contemplates a prison or jai
sentence, trials, and for any matter where the judge makes an individual determination that th
defendant’s presence is necessary for the determination of the matter.
Lawyers representing indigent defendants are urged to provide assistance to defendant
who do not have the independent ability to appear by alternative means.
All attorneys are encouraged to appear by alternative means. Video appearance i
required in criminal matters unless prevented by technological issues. In order to appear b
alternative means in a criminal matter, attorneys must e-mail the department at least one judicia
day in advance of the Court appearance and provide the e-mail the attorney intends to use t
appear. In case of an emergency that does not allow for one day’s notice, attorneys shoul
contact the department.
DOMESTIC MATTERS
ConfidentlalReports
Notwithstanding the provisions of EDCR 5.203, confidential reports (including custod
evaluations, child interviews, brief focus assessments, drug test results, and paternity test results
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shall be transmitted electronically to retained counsel, subject to the limitations imposed o
counsel pursuant to EDCR 5.301 and EDCR 5.304. For self-represented litigants, civil-domesti
departments may convey the information contained in the foregoing confidential reports b
telephone. The transmittal of this information by telephone shall include, where reasonabl
practical, the reading of the information to the self-represented litigant. If unusual circumstance
exist, the Judge may have the self-represented litigant make a personal appearance to review th
report.
Motions
The Court may deny a motion at any time. The Court may grant all or any part of
motion after an opposition has been filed or 21 days after service of the motion if no oppositio
was filed. The Court may issue other written orders relating to the motion.
Motions related to emergency legal and physical custody issues should receive priori
with respect to the scheduling of a hearing on an appropriate order shortening time.
GUARDIANSHIP
All guardianship matters will proceed, including compliance hearings. Given th
vulnerability of the guardianship populations, all protected persons must appear by altemativ
means. Assistance with emergency guardianships may be obtained by calling (702) 455-4472.
JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CASES
All juvenile dependency matters should proceed. Appearances by alternative means fo
lawyers, DPS workers and others is strongly encouraged when possible.
Adjudicatory Hearings
Beginning June l, 2020, time frames under NRS Chapter 432B may be tolled by th
assigned District Court Judge for good cause on a case-by-case basis.
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1 When possible, pleas should be handled by alternative means. Pleas may be negotiat
2 by the parties and electronically filed with the Court. If the Court accepts the electronically file
3 plea. a disposition hearing will be set within 15 business days.
4 Disposition hearings held pursuant to NRS 432B.540 and NRS 432B.550 must be heat1
s by alternative means when possible. Reports must be filed with the Court in advance to hel
6 narrow the focus of any hearing. Attorneys for the parents, the children and any CASA may :ti.I
7 a report to supplement the DFS recommendations for disposition, placement, and services t
8 further assist in narrowing the scope of the hearing.
9 All semi-annual reviews held pursuant to NRS 432B.580 may be decided on repo

submitted to the Court by DFS. Annual reviews held pursuant to NRS 432B.580 and NR
432B.590 should be heard by alternative means to the extent possible.
Terminationo f ParentalR ightsP roceedings
Parents may appear in court for initial hearings on termination of parental rights·
14 however, a video appearance by the parents will be considered an in-person appearance fo
15 purposes of the statute.
16 Appearances by alternative means are encouraged for any party, witness or lawye
17 participating in a tennination of parental rights trial unless the Judge determines a persona
18 appearance is necessary.

Other motions may be decided on the papers or heard through alternative means.
checks should be handled by written reports or, if necessary, heard by alternative means.
Mediations conducted pursuant to NRS 432B.5904 shall proceed by alternative mean
when possible. Otherwise, the mediation should proceed with appropriate social distancing. Fo
in-person mediations, all participants must cover their noses and mouths with face coverings.
Adoptions
Adoptions will proceed by alternative means or in person at the discretion of the Judge.
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Court-OrderedA dmissionst o MentalH ealthF acilities
Court-ordered admissions to mental health facilities pursuant to NRS 432B.607 et. seq
may be held by alternative means.
Child Haven and Parent Visitation
Placements at Child Haven should be strongly discouraged. Out-of-state visitation wil
be allowed unless the Court determines that visitation poses a health risk to the child. Visitatio
at Child Haven and parental visitation of children in foster care may proceed if precautions ar
taken to ensure the safety of the child and the well-being of others in the home in which the· chil
resides. The Division of Family Services is directed to create policies for visitation given th
current circumstances.
Timely Filing of Orders
Judicial departments will be responsible for timely filing orders from hearings.
13 Division of Family Services will electronically upload orders for the Court for review and th
14 judicial departments will be responsible for reviewing and filing orders in a timely manner t
15 prevent disruption of federal funding.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CASES
All juvenile delinquency matters will proceed. Audiovisual appearances should be us
whenever possible. No in-custody juvenile who is hospitalized, isolated, or quarantined will b
transported to court or appear for a court proceeding. Those matters are to be continued until th
juvenile is no longer under any hospitalization, isolation, or quarantine. No juvenile matter ma:
proceed without the juvenile present either in person or by alternative means. If the juvenile i
unavailable, the matter will be continued.
Signatures on Juvenile Written Admissions
In order to ensure the rights of juveniles are being protected while the court allow
appearances by alternative means, all admissions must be in writing and include · a
acknowledgment of rights and an acknowledgment of the standard terms and conditions o
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1 probation or parole. Written admissions must be signed by the juvenile or signed by th
2 juvenile’s attorney and bee-filed and accepted by the court.

If the juvenile is unable to personally sign the written admission due to coronaviru
precautions, the written admission shall be signed by counsel in the following manner:
Signature affixed by (insert name of defense counsel) at the direction of
(insert name of defendant). The judge shall make a record that because of
COVID-19 precautions that the defendant was unable to physically sign
the [admission].
The defendant shall be canvassed by the judge taking the plea as follows:
On page [say page number] of the [admission] your attorney has signed your
name with a notation that they signed it at your direction. Is that correct?
Did you agree for your attorney to sign in place of your actual signature?
Before directing your attorney to sign for you, did you read the [admission] and
talk to you[ r] attorney about the terms of [probation or parole]?
Did you discuss that your attorney signing your name at your direction will be
treated the same as if you actually signed the [admission]?
Did you knowingly, willingly, and voluntarily direct your attorney to sign this
[admission] on your behalf?
Do you agree to have the signature placed on the [admission] by your attorney to
be treated the same as if you signed the [admission]?
PROBATE
Probate hearings on the Probate Commissioner’s calendar that are opposed or require
hearing shall go forward and be heard by alternative means unless the Probate Commissione
determines a personal appearance is necessaiy. Matters that can be approved without a hearin
will be on the approved list if no objection has been electronically filed and served by 9:30
on the day before the hearing. The approved list may be accessed on the probate section of th
District Court’s website at:
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1 http://www.clarkcountyCourts.us/departments/probate
2 Once on the website, select the weekly probate calendar list.
3 Probate matters on the Probate Judges’ calendars will be decided on the papers or he
4 by video or telephonic means, unless the Judge determines a personal appearance is necessary.
s If a party electronically files an election to proceed before the District Judge pursuant t
6

EDCR 4.08, any petitions on file will be set by the assigned judge.
Scheduling orders in contested matters may be requested by stipulation of the parti
submitted to chambers electronically with an order approving the proposed schedule. Th
assigned Probate Judge or Probate Commissioner will set the evidentiary hearing or trial.
Contested matters will be decided on the papers or heard by alternative means unless the Judg
or Commissioner makes a determination that a personal appearance is necessary.
Sale confirmations currently set will be confirmed based upon the papers filed with th
Court and without the necessity of placing the sale for public bid, unless a notice of intent t
overbid is electronically filed and served 72 hours before the date of the sale confirmatio
hearing. Any petition to confirm a sale filed after issuance of this Administrative Order shal
contain, in addition to the statutory requirements, language advising that the notice of intent t
overbid must be electronically filed and served 72 hours before the scheduled hearing. Afte
receiving an electronically filed notice of intent to overbid, the Court will set a remote hearin
through video or telephonic means. Otherwise the sale will be approved in accordance with th
notice. All orders on approved matters will be electronically filed by the Court and electronicall
served.
Ill
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COURT FACILITIES
Family Court and Services Complex
Family Law Self-Help Center
The Family Law Self-Help Center may begin providing in-person services. The Self.
Help Center is encouraged to provide as many services as possible via telephone, e-mail, an
other alternative means. Self-represented litigants may obtain help with family law forms an
infonnation at:
www.FamilyLawSel.fHelpCenter.org
e-mail: t1shcinfo@lascn.ora
Telephone: (702) 455-1500 or (702)386-1070
Before re-opening to provide services to the public, the Family Self-Help Center ha
agreed to develop protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons. The protocol
should include methods of limiting waiting times for services, mask-wearing, observing socia
distancing, and sanitation measures.
Family Mediation Center
The Family Mediation Center may begin providing in-person mediation services,
Family Mediation Center shall contmue conducting mediations via telephone or other alternativ
means to the extent possible. Child interviews and parent-child observations may be scheduled
Before re-opening, the Family Mediation Center shall develop protocols to ensure the health an
safety of staff and patrons. The protocols must include methods of limiting waiting times fo
services, mask-wearing, social distancing plans, and sanitation measures.
Donna’s House Central
Donna’s House Central may begin providing supervised visitation, supervised cu.stod
exchanges and other in-person services by appointment only. Before re-opening, Donna’s Hous
shall develop protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons. The protocols mus
include methods of limiting waiting times for services, mask-wearing, social distancing plans
and sanitation measures.
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1 Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
2 The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program may resume in-person trainings
3 orientations and other meetings with member of the public in groups of 50 or less. During an
4 training. orientation or meeting, social distancing must be observed and all participants mus
s cover their noses and mouths with face coverings. The CASA program is encouraged t

continue conducting as must business as possible by telephone or other alternative means.
Regional Justice Center
Civil Self-Help Center
The Civil Self-Help Center may begin providing in-person services. The Self Hel
Center is encouraged to continue to serve as many individuals as possible by phone, e-mail, an
other alternative means. Self-represented litigants may obtain help with civil forms, information
evictions and other matters from the Civil Law Self-Help Center:
www.CivilLawSelfHelpCenter.org
e-mail: clshcinfo@lascn.org
Telephone: (702) 671-3976
Before re-opening to provide services to the public, the Civil Self-Help Center has agre
to develop protocols to include methods of limiting waiting times for services, observing soci
distancing, and sanitation measures.
Traffic
Due to the limited capacity at the Regional Justice Center as a result of social distancing
the Las Vegas Justice Court and Las Vegas Municipal Court traffic customer service counte
located on the first floor of the Regional Justice Center should remain closed until socia
distancingr estrictionsa re lifted. Traffic-relatedm atterss houldb e conductedb y telephone,v ide
or other remote electronicm eans.
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FINAL PROVISIONS
This order shall be reviewed no later than every 30 days and shall remain in effect unti
modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.
Chief Judge
Eighth Judicial District Court
Chief Justice
Nevada Supreme Court
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MONDAY I TUESDAY
VIDEO FROM CCDC 3B TO COURTROOMS
8:30 – 10:00 I
10:15-11:45
12:00-1:30
1:45-3:15
3:30- 5:00
T. JONES
In custody via
video to 14B
st1
KEPHART
In custody via
video tol6B
ELLSWORTH
In custody via
video to 16D
ISRAEL
In custody via
video to ISC
DELANEY
In custody via
video to 15B
WIESE
In custody via
video to 14A
VILLANI
In custody via
video to I IA
LEAVITT
In custody via
video to 14D
E. JOHNSON
In custody via
video to 12A
ADAIR
In custody via
video to llC
I WEDNESDAY I THURSDAY I
T. JONES
In custody via
video tol4B
KEPHART
In custody via
video to 16B
ELLSWORTH
In custody via
video tol6D
ISRAEL
In custody via
video to 15C
DELANEY
In custody via
video tolSB
WIESE
In custody via
video to 14A
VILLANI
In custody via
video to llA
LEAVITT
In custody via
video to 14D
E. JOHNSON
In custody via
video to 12A
ADAIR
In custody
via video to 11 C
FRIDAY
BELL
Sell/Comp
Hearings
VILLANI
(Homicide)
In custody via
video to I IA
LEAVITT
(Homicide)
In custody via
video to 14D
HERNDON
(Homicide)
In custody via
video to 16D
ADAIR
(Homicide)
In custody via
video to l lC
LOWER LEVEL ARRAIGNMENT COURT
MONDAY I TUESDAY
11:00
12:00
2:00
MONDAY
CRIMINAL
SETTLEMENT
TUESDAY
VIDEO FROM CCDC SA TO COURTROOMS
12 -1:30
SILVA
1 :45 – 3:15
In custody via
video to 3F
HARDY
WEDENSDAY I THURSDAY J ,, ,,,~~~ ,,> I
CRIMINAL
SETTLEMENT
WEDNESDAY
SILVA
THURSDAY
In custody via
video to 3F
HARDY
if ·)’~’, ~-,
BELL
COMPETENCY
SPECIALTY
COURTS
FRIDAY

 

March 23 Update

LAS VEGAS EIGHTH DISTRICT JUDICIAL STATE COURT

 

 

Please be advised the Las Vegas District Court, Clark County has closed several departments due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions, they will be closed until further notice.

 

The Departments closed include: 1, 10, 12, 14, 29, 30, and the entire 14th floor.

 

 

We will keep you updated with any changes.

 

 

As always should you have any questions or require immediate assistance contact us at (213) 249-9999 and you will be able to speak to a live person.