Court Establishes Permanent Guardianship Commission; Solicits Members

Following the recommendation of the state legislature, the Nevada Supreme Court has established a permanent Guardianship Commission to address issues of concern to those persons who would be subject to the guardianship statutes, rules, and processes in Nevada. The Guardianship Commission will study and make recommendations concerning the creation and administration of guardianships. The commission […]

Rural Foreclosure Mediators Wanted to Assist Homeowners

The Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts is creating a list of rural mediators willing to assist District Courts in presiding over foreclosure mediation in the communities of Caliente, Dayton, Elko, Ely, Fallon, Fernley, Gardnerville, Laughlin, Mesquite, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Applications will be accepted for other areas as well. District Courts in Nevada will assign […]

Second Judicial District Court Launches a Statewide Conversation on Supported Decision-Making

Judge Frances Doherty of the Second Judicial District Court, together with a group of committed partners, will travel across Northern Nevada July 17 through July 20 for a series of outreach events on Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship for seniors and adults with disabilities. In December 2016, the Second Judicial District Court received […]

New Board of Governors Officers, Members Sworn In

The 2017-2018 Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada were officially sworn in at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 29. The new officers are: President Vernon “Gene” Leverty, President-Elect Richard Pocker Vice-President Paul Matteoni and Immediate Past President Bryan Scott. The full membership of the Board of Governors also includes: Jeffrey R. […]

Kathleen Drakulich Appointed to Second Judicial Court

Governor Brian Sandoval announced the appointment of Kathleen Drakulich to the Second Judicial District Court, Department One, on June 30.  Drakulich will fill the vacancy created by Judge Janet Berry’s retirement earlier this year. “Kathleen Drakulich has been involved in some of the most complicated and dynamic energy and natural resource issues in the past […]

Three to be Considered for Second Judicial District Position

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection sent Governor Brian Sandoval three names for consideration to fill the open judicial seat in Dept. 1 of the Second Judicial District Court in Reno created by the retirement of Judge Janet J. Berry. The nominees were selected following interviews by the Commission June 19 at the Nevada Supreme […]

Guardianship Commission Reforms Adopted in 2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Nevada State Legislature acted in a significant manner to reform Nevada’s guardianship laws following a report from the Supreme Court’s Commission to Study the Administration of Guardianships in Nevada’s Courts. A total of seven guardianship reform laws were introduced by legislators. The commission’s report recommended changes made by five of the new laws […]

Nevada Sentencing Commission to Bring Consistency to Sentencing Practices of Nevada Judges

In  a bill signing ceremony June 14, Governor Brian Sandoval said the creation of the Nevada Sentencing Commission will make Nevada’s criminal justice system fair and reduce sentencing inconsistency. Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry, Justice James W. Hardesty, State Court Administrator Robin Sweet, and Deputy Court Administrator John McCormick joined Governor Sandoval for the signing. […]

Governor Signs Bill Creating Statewide Indigent Defense Commission

Governor Brian Sandoval has signed SB 377 creating the Nevada Right to Counsel Commission culminating a 10 year effort by the Supreme Court of Nevada to improve the delivery of indigent defense services in Nevada. Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry will serve as a nonvoting member of the 13-person Commission, which will conduct […]

Nevada Courts Aim to Speed Up Justice by Improving Performance

At its June 7 meeting, the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada adopted revisions to the Nevada Courts Statistical Reporting Dictionary (dictionary), which includes two performance measurements requiring courts to report the age of pending active cases and the time it takes to dispose cases. Both measurements encourage judges to review their courts’ caseloads […]