Eighth Judicial District Court Clerk’s Office Now Open for Limited In-Person Filing; Adopts Safety Plan for Jury Trials

On Oct. 21, 2020, the Eighth Judicial District Court issued Administrative Order 20-22, announcing that effective Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the court’s clerk’s office will offer limited in-person filing services.

Both clerk’s offices are open for in-person filing Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. and on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Litigants are still encouraged to file electronically.

In addition, the court has adopted a safety plan for resuming jury trials with precautions such as social distancing, reconfigured courtrooms, and plexiglass shielding. As outlined in Administrative Order 20-17, trials beginning with criminal cases involving interstate compact issues and criminal cases in which the defendant has invoked speedy trial rights will be prioritized. After those cases, the priority will be civil cases with preferential trial settings; older in-custody criminal cases; and older civil cases, particularly those with 20 NRCP 41 (e) timeline concerns.

The subpoena provision found in Administrative Order 20-17 has been rescinded. Attorneys no longer must obtain advance approval from the discovery commissioner to issue subpoenas under NRCP 45.

The three currently existing grand juries will remain and continue to hear cases until further notice.

Proposed orders sent to a department’s inbox need only include a blank line for the judge’s signature. Orders do not need a date, judge’s name or judge’s title. Sufficient space should be allowed above and below the signature line for the judge’s signature and the electronic stamp including date, title and name of the judge.

For more information, see Administrative Order 20-22.