DISTRICT COURT, CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

  
   


  AO 20-03 3/16/20Donna’s House CentralDonna’s House Central will stop providing all supervised visitation services and program orientations. DHC will refer each supervised visitation case back to the designated judicial department for further orders/instructions. DHC will work with the Marshals Division and the Family Mediation Center to ensure that services for supervised child custody exchanges continue in an efficient and safe manner. 
  
  AO 20-03 3/16/20The Family Mediation CenterThe Family Mediation Center will stop providing in-person mediation services. All mediations will occur via telephone or other alternate means. All child interviews/parent- child observations will be cancelled and FMC will refer each case back to the designated judicial department for further orders/instructions.
  AO 20-03 3/16/20The Family Law Self-Help CenterThe Family Law Self-Help Center will stop providing in-person services to the public.

Self-represented litigants may obtain help with family law forms and information from the Family Law Self-Help Center:
www.FamilyLawSelfHelpCenter.org

All services will be provided via telephone and email. The Self-Help Center can be reached via email at flshcinfo@lacsn.org. And via telephone at (702) 455-1500 or (702) 386-1070.

AO 20-10 3/20/20 Domestic Cases: “For domestic (divorce and custody) cases, if the judge intends to hear a matter, the judicial department will contact attorneys or self- represented litigants two judicial days before the hearing to determine which method of appearance the party intends to use and gather the appropriate contact information to arrange for the appearance by alternative means.”


AO 20-10 3/20/20 Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency “For dependency cases and delinquency cases, all appearances by alternative means by attorneys and out-of-custody parties will be through BlueJeans video unless for technical reasons a phone conference is necessary. Attorneys appearing by alternative means, or having clients/witnesses/agency representatives/probations officers appear by alternative means, must notify the department via email at least one judicial day before the appearance, except in case of an emergency. The attorney must provide emails for all persons making an appearance so the department can provide a link for the appearance. If arrangements need to be made on shorter notice, the judicial department must be contacted by phone.”


AO 20-11 3/25/20 Civil Domestic Matters Confidential Reports “Notwithstanding the provisions of EDCR 5.203, confidential reports (including custody evaluations, child interviews, brief focus assessments, drug test results, and paternity test results) shall be transmitted electronically to retained counsel, subject to the limitations imposed on counsel pursuant to EDCR 5.301 and EDCR 5.304. For self- represented litigants, civil-domestic departments may convey the information contained in the foregoing confidential reports by telephone. The transmittal of this information by telephone shall include, whenever possible, the reading of the information to the self-represented litigant. Alternatively, if a brief continuance is warranted, the Court in its discretion may continue the matter during the pendency of Administrative Order 20-01 to allow a self-represented litigant to read the confidential report at such time as in-person appearances resume.”

AO 20-11 3/25/20 civil domestic matters Courtesy Copies EDCR 5.515 is suspended and all submissions should adhere to the requirements of Administrative Order 20-10.”

AO 20-11 3/25/20 Motions “The Court may deny a motion at any time. The Court may grant all or any part of a motion after an opposition has been filed or 21 days after service of the motion if no opposition was filed. The Court may issue other written orders relating to the motion filings as it deems appropriate. Hearings are to be conducted consistent with Administrative Order 20-10.


Motions related to emergency legal and physical custody issues should receive priority with respect to the scheduling of a hearing on an appropriate order shortening time. Depending on the circumstances, the Court may determine these motions be considered essential under AO 20-1.

AO 20-11 3/25/20 Rule 16.2 and 16.205 Conferences “In order to facilitate and encourage just, speedy, and inexpensive discovery in civil-domestic actions, NRCP 16.2 and 16.205 Early Case Conferences should continue to take place, but should be conducted by telephone, teleconference, videoconference or other alternate means. If an early case conference cannot be accomplished by alternate means within 30 days of this order, it shall be rescheduled. No early case conference shall be conducted in- person within 30 days from the date of this order.

All deadlines pursuant to NRCP 16.2 and 16.205 for initial disclosures, disclosure of expert witnesses and testimony, supplementation of discovery, pre- trial disclosures, and filing of joint and/or individual case conference reports shall be stayed for 30 days following the entry of this order.”

AO 20-11 3/25/20 Discovery “The provisions of Administrative Order 20-09 related to discovery shall similarly apply in civil-domestic matters as follows: Any deposition pursuant to NRCP 30, that is scheduled to be conducted within the next 30 days, may be conducted by telephone, teleconference, videoconference or alternate means. Upon agreement of the parties and deponent, the in- person requirement of NRCP 28 and 30(b)(5), which requires a deponent to appear before an officer appointed or designated by NRCP 28 to administer oaths and take testimony, may be modified, adjusted for social distancing requirements, or waived. However, if no stipulation or other agreement can be reached by the parties, there shall be no in-person deposition conducted within 30 days from the date of this order.
All pending, unexpired discovery deadlines pursuant to NRCP 31 (depositions by written questions), 33 (interrogatories to parties) 34 (producing documents, electronically stored information and tangible things, or entering onto land, for inspection or other purposes), and/or 36 (requests for admission) shall be stayed for 30 days from the date of this order. This stay shall serve to extend the 30-day deadline for serving responses to written discovery, pursuant to NRCP 31, 33, 34 and 36, by 30 days, unless the time to respond to the written discovery expired on or before March 20, 2020.


The parties shall vacate and reschedule any in-person NRCP 35 examination that is to be conducted within 30 days from the date of this order.

All discovery hearings in the next 30 days shall be conducted by alternative means. Discovery motions may be resolved on the papers by way of a written recommendation issued by the judicial officer assigned to the civil- domestic discovery calendar.”


AO 20-11 3/25/20 Continuance of Trials/Evidentiary Hearings “Civil-domestic trials and evidentiary hearings may be conducted by alternative means under Nevada Supreme Court Rules Part IX-B Rule 1(6) or may be continued. The continuance of any trial or evidentiary hearing will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Attorneys may have difficulty obtaining witnesses or being prepared for evidentiary proceedings during this time and in the period immediately following the duration of the administrative orders relating to COVID-19. Judges are encouraged to liberally grant continuances to allow time for preparation. Civil-domestic departments are encouraged to examine the merits of any application for a continuance, balancing the consequences of a delay in the proceedings and the constraints placed on attorneys and litigants to prepare for a trial or evidentiary hearing.”


AO 20-11 3/25/20 Continuance of Trials/Evidentiary Hearings “Civil-domestic trials and evidentiary hearings may be conducted by alternative means under Nevada Supreme Court Rules Part IX-B Rule 1(6) or may be continued. The continuance of any trial or evidentiary hearing will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Attorneys may have difficulty obtaining witnesses or being prepared for evidentiary proceedings during this time and in the period immediately following the duration of the administrative orders relating to COVID-19. Judges are encouraged to liberally grant continuances to allow time for preparation.

Civil-domestic departments are encouraged to examine the merits of any application for a continuance, balancing the consequences of a delay in the proceedings and the constraints placed on attorneys and litigants to prepare for a trial or evidentiary hearing.”


AO 20-11 3/25/20 Settlement Conferences Vacated “All judicial settlement conferences are vacated. The Department currently assigned the judicial settlement conference shall coordinate with retained counsel to reschedule the settlement conference to a date after June 1, 2020. Parties who have settlement conferences set through the Senior Judge Program should contact the Senior Judge Program to reschedule their settlement conference or inquire whether it will go forward by alternative means. If parties agree that a meaningful settlement conference by alternative means would be possible, nothing in this Order prevent parties from requesting individual judges to conduct a settlement conference. All parties and counsel would be required to appear by alternative means.”


AO 20-11 3/25/20 Writs of Execution and Writs of Garnishment “The provisions of Administrative Order 20-09 related to writs of execution or writs of garnishment shall not apply to writs issued for the purpose of the collection of support (child support or spousal support).”

Self-represented litigants may obtain help with family law forms and information from the Family Law Self-Help Center: www.FamilyLawSelfHelpCenter.org