Second judicial district court continues virtual proceedings
Reno, Nevada May 14, 2020 – Since the Washoe County Second Judicial District Court courtrooms closed on March 16, 2020, due to state, state and local emergency declarations, the court system has remained open to conduct hearings and trials. virtual procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second Judicial District Court remains fully staffed to manage court services and conduct business on proceedings, while protecting the health and safety of clients and court staff.
“The Court continues to move forward, and like everyone else, we are adjusting and improving our procedures and protocols during this pandemic to manage the workloads,” said Justice Scott Freeman, Chief Justice, Second Judicial District Court. “Judges, lawyers, plaintiffs and defendants involved in one of our departments still participate in court hearings, but practically during this period. “
The Second Judicial District Court continues to hold hearings remotely via Zoom videoconference. All public deliberations can be observed via a link posted on the site Home page of the Second Judicial Court. The penal calendars in detention are heard from Monday to Thursday morning. Special settings may occur at other times. The penal calendars for release from prison are heard from Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
“At this time, the jury trials are suspended,” Justice Freeman said. “We cannot guarantee the safety of jurors, witnesses, lawyers and litigants for a face-to-face jury trial given the number of people in a courtroom. “
Judge Bridget Robb, Presiding Judge of the Family Division, explains: “The Family Division quickly shifted to a remote operation. We hold hearings, issue orders and process cases. Our goal is to meet the needs of families while maintaining them, as well as the public and court staff in good health. For example, there are several ways to file a application for a temporary and / or extended protection order. The court has application records and other related forms located in the Family Division lobby at 1 S. Sierra Street. A drop box is also provided for completed applications and other documents to be submitted. Staff check the box regularly, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A person can also apply online at any time with a eFlex account. Assistance with setting up an eFlex account or with electronic filing is available via chat on the Court’s home page or by calling the Resource Center at 775-325-6731.
Due to COVID-19 and Administrative Orders 2020-02 and 2020-05, if a person has a hearing scheduled for an extension of a protection order, that hearing will be conducted by phone or video. Litigants should contact the courtroom clerk at 775-325-6626 or 775-328-3273 at least 24 hours before the hearing to provide contact information where he or she can be reached for the hearing.
For issues involving neighbors or co-workers, a criminal harassment or harassment order is appropriate. Harassment and Harassment Orders are made by the Court of Justice and the forms are available at 1 S. Sierra Street. You will find full instructions and information on the Website of the second court.
Other services to note are:
- Adult guardianship – If you are applying to establish adult guardianship, please email the citation to [email protected]s.us. Court staff will electronically file the summons when confirming a court date without the need to manually stamp the document. If you are exempt from electronic filing, please call 775-328-3135 to schedule a hearing date.
- Certified documents – The district court provides electronic certification of court documents. To request a certified true copy you can: 1) send your request to: 75 Court Street, Reno, NV 89501 or 2) submit a written request and drop it off in the drop box located in the lobby at 1 S. Sierra Street , Monday. -Friday, 8:00 am-5:00pm Please check the filing fee schedule for applicable certification and copying fees.
- Filing document – The Court continues to accept filings in all types of cases, including the filing of new cases. All returns can be submitted electronically via eFlex. If you do not have an eFlex account, instructions on how to create an account can be found here or documents can be dropped off in the drop box located in the lobby of 1 S. Sierra Street.
- Lawyer at the library – The program continues virtually and participants must use a computer or phone to attend. Participants have a 15-minute session with a lawyer. The family law program will take place on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The General Law and Inheritance Law programs will take place Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a limited number of participants for each program. Appointment requests will be accepted on a first come, first served basis on Thursday at 10:00 am. Once the program is complete for that day, registrations will no longer be accepted for that day. For registrations, visit Website of the second court.
- Assignment – Summons can now be submitted through the Court’s electronic filing system, eFlex. Once submitted, the invitation will be issued electronically. If you do not have an eFlex account, you can send your summons to 75 Court Street, Reno, NV 89501 or 2) drop it in the drop box at 1 S. Sierra St. For help with filing electronically, you can email eFlexSupport @ washoecourts.us, via the chat on the Court’s home page, or by calling the Resource Center at 775-325-6731.
- Family peace center – The Family Peace Center has temporarily suspended all visits due to failure to meet social distancing guidelines. Contact Kendra Materasso, Family Services Case Manager, at 775-328-3854 or [email protected] for more information.
- Mediation of family services – If the court has ordered you to appear in mediation to resolve a custody or visitation issue, all mediations will be done by telephone or videoconference. Questions can be directed to Family Services at 775-328-3298 or [email protected]
- Specialized courts – Specialty courts continue to operate remotely. The eight specialized criminal courts hold weekly Zoom staffing and a weekly hearing for detention proceedings. Specialty court coordinators conduct telephone checks with participants. Drug testing at Sober 24 is continuing. Clinical evaluations and individual counseling sessions take place virtually. Parole and probation continue to conduct field supervision and home visits, with limited in-person contact.
“Although the dynamics of the court process have changed, justice is unequivocal in our system,” said Freeman. “We continue to work on our reopening plans and the timeline for that. We look forward to the time when we can meet and interact in person.
For complete information on each division or program of the Washoe County Second Judicial District Court during COVID-19, please visit: washoecourts.com/main/covid19response.
The Second Judicial District Court was established in 1910. The mission of the Second Judicial District Court is to ensure the timely, fair and efficient administration of justice in accordance with the law, in a manner which inspires and maintains public confidence in the judicial system. The Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court was established in 1990. The mission of the Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court is to provide fair, efficient and accessible justice under the law, which encourages the alternative and non-adversarial dispute resolution in a way that serves the public and maintains confidence in the judicial branch of government. For more information, please visit the Washoe County Second Judicial District Court website at www.washoecourts.com.