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Las Vegas Justice Court Announces Clarifications Regarding Applicable Dates for New Traffic Procedures

The Las Vegas Justice Court has begun utilizing a “rolling” three-year review period relating to driver histories. During the last Traffic Bench-Bar Committee meeting, Chief Judge Karen Bennett-Haron explained that the rolling three-year review period began on September 28, 2013. Thus, if a defendant received a traffic citation prior to that date, the particular citation will not be counted in the rolling three-year review period by a referee, and the particular citation will not be subject to mandatory Traffic School before the referee. If the defendant received a traffic citation on or after that date, the particular citation will trigger the new requirements relating to Traffic School, and that citation will also be counted and will affect the disposition of future traffic tickets within the rolling three-year review period.

In an effort to ease the transition into the new Traffic Procedures, the Court has determined that three additional changes will be made:

(1) The Court previously provided notice to attorneys about changes relating to the walk-in attorney sessions held on Tuesday and Thursdays. On November 5, 2013, the new scheduling requirements for these sessions will become effective. However, the referees will not be applying the rolling three-year review period as discussed above until December 4, 2013.

(2) “Bulk” attorney sessions are conducted on Wednesdays for attorneys who have 100 or more traffic tickets to be processed. Several attorneys scheduled bulk sessions for future dates before they were notified about the effective date for the rolling three-year review period. Therefore, the Court has determined that bulk attorney sessions scheduled on or before December 4, 2013, will be subject to existing standards, and bulk attorney sessions scheduled after that date will be subject to the new Traffic Procedures.

(3) The Court previously indicated that certain tickets may not be addressed by referees

(A) If the defendant has 3 or more historical warrants on one traffic citation; or

(B) If the defendant has 3 or more active warrants across multiple citations.
The Court previously indicated that defendants who implicate these categories would have all their citations immediately diverted from the referees and would be required to appear before Judge Kelley in Courtroom LLB.

This change will not go into effect until December 4, 2013.

Any questions about these policy changes can be addressed to Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino via e-mail or phone at (702) 671-3424.

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