Las Vegas Justice Court Suspends Rule Requiring Original Copies of Eviction Notices

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, the Las Vegas Township Justice Court issued Administrative Order 20-17, which immediately suspends local court rule JCRLV 34(f)(3)(B). That rule normally requires a tenant filing an affidavit in answer to a landlord’s notice of eviction to include a copy of the original eviction notice, unless the tenant signs an unsworn declaration to indicate that the notice has been lost or destroyed.

According to the court, it is working to streamline a tenant’s ability to electronically file such an affidavit through the use of Odyssey’s Guide & File capabilities, which will allow such filing remotely and without the need to come to the clerk’s office — critical to maintain proper social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the court order states, “improving electronic filing capabilities advances access to justice.”

The order states that current procedures for processing eviction cases can be amended to alleviate the need for the tenant to include a copy of the original eviction notice.