Eighth Judicial Court Rules

Rule 1.30 – Chief judge.

Rule 1.30. Chief judge.

  • (a) The district judges must biennially select one of their number to serve as chief judge for a term of 2 years to begin January 1. However, the term may, by election, be extended 2 years.

    (b) The chief judge must:

    (1) Be responsible for the chief judge’s own motion calendar.

    (2) Hear all extraditions and any other miscellaneous petitions regarding criminal matters.

    (3) Share and direct responsibility for hearing overflow cases and the probate calendar with all trial judges.

    (4) Refer all involuntary mental commitment proceedings to hearing masters, direct the appointment of said masters with the approval of the district judges, reduce to written order the findings of such masters, hear all objections to the master’s findings and direct the enforcement thereof as may be appropriate.

    (5) Make regular and special assignments of all judges, and hear or reassign emergency matters when a judge is absent or otherwise unavailable.

    (6) Instruct any grand jury impaneled, receive any reports, indictments or presentments made by it and handle any other matters pertaining to it.

    (7) Supervise the court administrator in the management of the court and the performance of the administrator’s duties. Supervise the administrative business of the court and have general supervision of the attaches of the court. The various commissioners, referees, hearing officers and masters shall report to and be directed by their supervising judge pursuant to local court rule; however, the chief judge will maintain general supervision over all such officers.

    (8) Coordinate with the court clerk and the Office of the Clerk of the Court to assure quality and continuity of services necessary to the operation of the court.

    (9) Attend meetings of the family division judges.

    (10) Approve requests by civil litigants to proceed in forma pauperis and waiver of fees.

    (11) Appoint presiding judges over civil, civil/criminal and family divisions of the district court.

    (12) Exercise general supervision over all administrative court personnel that are not permanently assigned to a particular district court judge.

    (13) Determine the need for and approve: (a) the allocation of space and furnishings in the court building; (b) the construction of new court buildings, courtrooms and related physical facilities; (c) the modification of existing court buildings, courtrooms and related physical facilities; and (d) the temporary assignment or reassignment of courtrooms between departments to accommodate the needs of litigants, and efficient and effective case management.

    (14) Supervise the court’s calendar, and apportion the business of the court among the several departments of the court as equally as possible.

    (15) Reassign cases from a department to another department as convenience or necessity requires. The chief judge shall have authority to assign overflow cases.

    (16) Appoint standing and special committees of judges as may be advisable to assist in the proper performance of the duties and functions of the court.

    (17) Provide for liaison between the court and other governmental and civic agencies; and when appropriate, meet with or designate a judge or judges to meet with any committee of the bench, bar, news media, and community to review problems and to promote understanding of the administration of justice.

    (18) Assure that court duties are timely and orderly performed.

    (i) The chief judge shall set and preside over frequent and regular meetings of the judges or an elected representative committee of the judges not less than once a quarter and additional special meetings as may be required by the business of the court, distributing to all judges a prepared agenda before the meeting and minutes thereafter. If a quorum of judges is not present at the quarterly judges’ meeting, the chief judge shall have the authority to mandate attendance at the next quarterly judges’ meeting.

    (ii) The chief judge must designate another judge to perform the chief judge’s duties (serve as acting chief judge) in his or her absence (or unavailability as chief judge). The acting chief judge, as well as the presiding judges of the criminal and civil divisions and the family division shall serve at the pleasure of the chief judge.

    (iii) The chief judge may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the judges present at a duly noticed meeting. Any judge may appeal any order of the chief judge to the full panel of the district judges in the district. Any order of the chief judge can only be reversed by a two-thirds vote of the judges attending a regularly scheduled meeting.

    (iv) The duties prescribed in these rules shall be done in accordance with applicable Nevada Revised Statutes, Supreme Court Rules and established court policies. To facilitate the business of the court, the chief judge may delegate the duties prescribed in these rules to other judges.

    (19) Supervise all criminal division masters.

    (i) The chief judge shall determine, within budgetary constraints, the number of criminal division masters and the compensation to be paid to those masters based on a salary schedule approved by a majority of the judges of the Eighth Judicial District Court.

    (ii) The chief judge shall be responsible for disciplinary decisions involving the criminal division masters.

    (iii) The chief judge shall determine, as necessary from time to time, whether to assign a criminal division master to handle matters assigned to other masters under the EDCR.

    (20) An executive committee composed of the chief judge and presiding judges over the civil, criminal and family divisions shall meet once a month to address any items of administration or other business and shall provide a report and minutes of those meetings at the quarterly meeting of the district judges.

    [As amended; effective October 13, 2005.]