In our current COVID-19 situation, information about local court closures and alterations in procedures change frequently, sometimes by the day. While I can't be sure what I write about this will be current for long, it seems likely the situation I write about will be with us for a while: namely that Clark County courts are open, but operating in a limited and altered manner for the foreseeable future.
Here is the latest:
- As of June 16, face masks are required at the courthouse, the juvenile courthouse, and the family law annex. Entry will be refused without one. Exceptions include certain children, those with disabilities making it difficult for them to don/doff the mask easily, and those who need to read lips to communicate.
- Social distancing is required inside the courthouse, and no one displaying symptoms is allowed to enter.
- On the Superior Court family law docket, oral argument is being limited and many proceedings are being done remotely, by video conference.
- Superior Court civil dockets are proceeding by video conferencing, or in person when social distancing is possible.
- Superior Court unlawful detainer (eviction) dockets are canceled through at least August 1.
- Superior Court jury trials have resumed as of July 6, but heightened distancing and sanitation protocols are in place, jury selection will be conducted in a large exhibition hall at the fairgrounds, and reportedly each jury trial will take up two courtrooms (so jurors can deliberate in and retire for breaks to a much larger room than they'd typically have access to). Jurors at high risk can get a postponement.
- All District Court dockets are being held remotely.
- District Court criminal trials are postponed until at least September 1, 2020.
- District Court civil trials are postponed until at least January 1, 2021.
The complete list of emergency orders and procedures can be found on the main web pages for Clark County Superior and District Court, and this column will be updated as the situation develops.