Las Vegas Justice Court Begins New Procedure Relating to Documentary Proof for Traffic Citations

New Policy Effective Monday, November 17, 2014

The Traffic Division of the Las Vegas Justice Court is implementing a new policy regarding documentary proof for traffic citations. Documentary proof is often presented in a variety of circumstances, such as the following:

(1) A defendant shows proof of a new driver’s license.
(2) A defendant shows proof of a valid vehicle registration.
(3) A defendant shows proof of valid vehicle insurance.
(4) A defendant shows proof of incarceration.
(5) A defendant shows proof of repair for a cited deficiency (such as a broken headlight or cracked windshield).

Effective on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Court will be requiring defendants (or their attorneys) to either submit hard copies of documentary proof, or to e-mail copies of documentary proof, so that such copies can be scanned into the electronic case record for auditing purposes.

In conjunction with the above, the Court will no longer allow defendants (or their attorneys) to simply “show” documentary proof by way of a tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.

Hard copies or e-mailed copies do not need to be magnified as long as such copies are legible. For example, a copy on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper will commonly be sufficient. Moreover, copies may be in standard black-and-white format or in color.

Documentary proof can be presented to the Court as follows:

(1) At the front counter

(2) During a scheduled “walk-in” attorney session on Tuesdays and Thursdays

(3) During a scheduled “bulk” session for those attorneys with large numbers of tickets

(4) During a scheduled pretrial session before a deputy district attorney

(5) By e-mail to the following address: LVJCTraffic@clarkcountynv.gov

(6) By mail to the following address:  Las Vegas Justice Court Traffic Division, 1st Floor, Regional Justice Center, Las Vegas, NV 89155

The Court discourages defendants and attorneys from submitting documentary proof by fax because of the degradation of the copy quality.

Any questions about this new procedure can be forwarded to Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino at (702) 671-3424 or Joe.Tommasino@clarkcountynv.gov.