Second Judicial District Court Issues Orders Regarding Resumption of Trials

On March 3, 2021, the Second Judicial District Court issued three administrative orders related to pandemic operating procedures and the resumption of both criminal and civil trials. They are: Administrative Order 2021-07 Administrative Order 2021-07(A) Administrative Order 2021-07(B)(TS 1) According to the primary order, spaces have been made available for conducting in-person civil jury trials, […]

Nominations for 2021 State Bar Board Elections Open March 18

The Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada consists of 15 members elected by the active members of the bar who are residents of Nevada and have their office address per SCR 79 in the respective districts. For the 2021 elections, there is one seat open in District One, Clark County. Nominations for […]

Reno Municipal Court to Reopen for In-Person Trials

According to a letter circulated by the Washoe County Bar Association from Chief Judge Shelly T. O’Neill, the Reno Municipal Court will begin holding a limited schedule for in-person trials on March 22, 2021. Under the limited reopening, two judges and their staff will rotate weeks in operation. Courtrooms will be open on different floors […]

Statewide Rules of Criminal Practice Take Effect March 1; Eighth Judicial District Court Suspends Some Criminal Rules

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the Eighth Judicial District Court issued Administrative Order 21-02, which suspends some local court rules “for the benefit of the bar and to ease confusion until the Eighth Judicial District Court amends its local rules to conform to the Nevada Rules of Criminal Practice.” The rule suspensions become effective March […]

Supreme Court to Hold Hearing March 3 re: Water Adjudication Commission

In response to a petition from Chief Justice James Hardesty, the Nevada Supreme Court has issued an order in ADKT 576 scheduling a public hearing for 3 p.m. on Wed., March 3, 2021, to consider creating a commission to study the adjudication of water law cases in Nevada’s courts. The public hearing will be virtual and […]

North Las Vegas Justice Court to Resume Criminal Hearings March 1; Remote Appearances Encouraged

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the North Las Vegas Township Justice Court issued Administrative Order 2021-02 regarding temporary procedures for handling criminal, civil and traffic cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the order, the court will resume all criminal out-of-custody hearings in person, effective Monday, March 1, 2021; however, cases may be handled via alternative means, […]

Second Judicial District Court Extends Temporary Closures Through April 4

On February 10, 2021, the Second Judicial District Court issued Administrative Order 2021-05, announcing that the temporary closure of in-person access to the court, with some exceptions, will continue through April 4, 2021. In-person proceedings, other than jury trials, will continue through remote means, such as audio or videoconference. The trials set in Trial Flight […]

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Begins Today

Starting today, Monday, February 1, 2021, the State Bar of Nevada is taking part in the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, and invites all members to join other lawyers across the nation in participating. Done individually and at your own pace, the 21-Day Challenge guides participants through a professionally curated list of […]

Federal Court Implements New Security Procedures for Sensitive Documents

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada recently issued new guidance regarding the filing of sensitive documents. According to the court’s website, “The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts recently provided notice of a national breach of the CM/ECF system and called upon courts to implement new security procedures to protect a category […]

Second Judicial District Court Announces Case and Committee Assignments

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Second Judicial District Court issued Administrative Order 2021-03, listing the case and committee assignments for all judges in the district, including the Family Division and the General Jurisdiction Division. The assignments are effective immediately. For more information, including the complete listing of assignments, see Administrative Order 2021-03.