Ninth Judicial District Court, East Fork Justice Court, Tahoe Justice Court: Non-Essential Matters Handled by Telephone, Video

On Tuesday, March 17, the Ninth Judicial District Court, East Fork Justice Court, Tahoe Justice Court and Douglas County issued an administrative order ordering non-essential court hearings to be conducted by video or telephonic means, decided on the papers or rescheduled unless otherwise directed by the district court judge or justice of the peace.

According to the order, at this time, essential case types and hearings will continue to be heard through in-person appearances, although appearance by alternative means under Nevada Supreme Court Rule Part IX is encouraged when possible.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is ordered not to arrest any person on a traffic-related warrant for failure to appear or contempt of court, where bail is less than $900, or when the traffic warrant is more than 36 months old, as issued by the East Fork Justice Court or Tahoe Township Justice Court. Instead, law enforcement is ordered to issue a new citation for failure to appear or contempt of court pursuant to NRS 199.340 and direct that the defendant appear at a future date. This provision does not apply to any charges of DUI, reckless driving, battery that constitutes domestic violence, or crimes of violence.

All jury trials, civil and criminal, scheduled in District Court, East Fork Justice Court and Tahoe Justice Court for the next 30 days will be suspended and will be rescheduled as the court calendar allows. No summonsed prospective jurors are to appear. Any currently ongoing trial will finish.

The court administrator is also ordered to establish a customer service number in cooperation with the Ninth Judicial District Court, East Fork Justice Court and Tahoe Justice Court to assist all persons unable to enter the court facility because of exposure or illness.

The complete order can be found here.