The Court's 52 elected judges preside over more than 90,000 criminal and civil cases that are filed each year
The Court's 52 elected judges preside over more than 90,000 criminal and civil cases that are filed each year. In addition, 123 commissioners and master judges assist the 52 judges.
Civil, Criminal, Probate and Family courts are in session Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except legal holidays. Evening sessions are available for some family matters and criminal Drug Court matters. At the discretion of individual judges, regular courts may hold evening or Saturday sessions.
The 52 District Court judges serve more than 2.1 million citizens. The court serves as the trial court for Nevada and is part of the judicial branch of state government as set forth by the Nevada Constitution. The court is a forum for lawful dispute resolution insuring a balance of branch powers and constitutional protections.
Under the direction of the Chief Judge, Court Administration Office is responsible for personnel and fiscal affairs, security and public safety of court facilities, the introduction and integration of technology for court processes, the clerk of the court, and various court support services. Programs and Services under the direction of Court Administration include: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Family Mediation Center (FMC), Family Violence Center, Jury Services, the Court Interpreter's Program, Clerk of the Court, Arbitration, Discovery, Probate and the Grand Jury. Other responsibilities of Court Administration include assessing and improving court case management through automation and collaboration with other relief agencies. Information and statistics are provided to the legislature, local, state, and federal governments, plus citizen and professional groups
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The District Court presided over a number of high profile trials including the prosecution of O.J. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence Stewart. The trial received widespread media coverage with truTv providing gavelto- gavel coverage of the trial. More than 50 media organizations attended the trial and sentencing. The number of medical malpractice cases filed in the District Court increased by more than 170 percent in
2008 due to the nearly 150 Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada-related
lawsuits filed in the court. The Business Court expanded to two judges as
more businesses utilized the services of the court. Business Court cases continued to increase through 2008.
The court has created specialized courts and calendars to manage complex litigation
The Uniform System for Judicial Records measures the clearance rate in all divisions as a keycomponent of court performance. The clearance rate is calculated by measuring the number offilings, dividing by the number of dispositions and multiplying by 100. The Nevada SupremeCourt has indicated that the District Court should work to dispose of at least as many cases as itaccepts through new filings and reopened or reactivated cases.A review of these statistics has helped the court identify community needs and respond with additional resources. The court has created specialized courts and calendars to manage complex litigation; has enhanced services and streamlined processes to reduce wait time for jurors and litigants; and has developed special programs aimed at finding better ways to manage existing workloads while remaining dedicated to the need for accountability and improved community outreach.
The Eighth Judicial District Court has reported its statistics to the Nevada Supreme Court since 1999.
The Eighth Judicial District Court has reported its statistics to the Nevada Supreme Court since 1999. In 2008, civil cases filings in the Eighth Judicial District Court increased by a total of 16.5 percent from a total of 25,249 in 2007 to 29,426 in 2008. Criminal case filings
decreased by 2.4 percent, from 10,069 in 2007 to 9,826 in 2008.Juvenile case filings decreaed from 16,459 cases in 2007 to 15,577 cases in 2008, a decrease of 5.3 percent. Family cases decreased by less than one percent down from 44,654 in 2007 to a total of 44,458 in 2008.
Judges concentrated on the adjudication of civil matters in 2008 and concentrated on reducing the total inventory of ca
The Civil and Criminal Divisions of the court are located in the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue, in Downtown Las Vegas. The Family and Juvenile Divisions are located in the Family Courts and Services Center, 601 N. Pecos, Las Vegas. Eighth Judicial District Court judges concentrated on the adjudication of civil matters in 2008 and concentrated on reducing the total inventory of cases. The Civil and Criminal Division Judges preside over gross misdemeanors, felonies, and civil matters exceeding $10,000. In addition, these judges hear appeals from the Justice and Municipal Courts of Clark County.
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