Las Vegas Justice Court Seeks Pro Tem Judges, Referees

The Las Vegas Township Justice Court invites attorneys to apply for positions as Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, Small-Claims Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, and Traffic Referees for the 2019-2020 Calendar Years.

(1) Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore
Pursuant to NRS 4.032, the Court is seeking attorneys in good standing who are interested in serving as Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore on an as-needed basis to preside over various types of criminal and civil matters when the Justices of the Peace are unavailable.

(2) Small-Claims Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore
Pursuant to NRS 4.032 and NRS Chapter 73, the Court is seeking attorneys in good standing who are interested in serving as Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore in Small-Claims hearings. Small-Claims Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore serve on an as-needed basis.

(3) Traffic Referees
Pursuant to NRS 4.355, the Court is seeking attorneys in good standing who are interested in serving as Referees for Traffic cases. These Referees preside over daily court hearings for the general public. Additionally, these Referees may also work with attorneys during “walk-in” attorney sessions that are held on various days each week, and during “bulk” attorney sessions where attorneys can resolve large amounts of traffic tickets at one time. Traffic Referees serve on an as-needed basis.

An applicant may apply and be selected for any or all of the above categories. However, the following rules apply:

(a) A Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore who is designated to hear all case types may not be named as attorney of record or make any appearance in any case pending in the Las Vegas Justice Court during his or her term of service. This is a personal restriction that does not affect other attorneys in the law firm of a Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore.

(b) A Small-Claims Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore may not be named as attorney of record or make any appearance in a small-claims case pending in the Las Vegas Justice Court during his or her term of service. This is a personal restriction that does not affect other attorneys in the law firm of the Small-Claims Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore Judge.

(c) A Traffic Referee may not be named as attorney of record or make any appearance in any traffic matter pending in the Las Vegas Justice Court during his or her term or service. This restriction applies to walk-in attorney sessions, bulk attorney sessions, pre-trial negotiations, and trials. Moreover, this is a personal restriction that does not affect other attorneys in the law firm of the Traffic Referee.

Attorneys who are interested in serving as Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, Small-Claims Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, or Traffic Referees must submit a letter of interest which identifies the position(s) sought, along with a resume, on or after June 15, 2018, and no later than 5:00 PM on August 15, 2018, via e-mail to Joe.Tommasino@clarkcountynv.gov. Submissions may also be sent by regular mail to

                Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino

                C/O Justice Court Administration
Justice Court, Las Vegas Township
200 Lewis Avenue, 2nd Floor
Post Office Box 552511
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155-2511

The Referee Panel will be approved by the Justices of the Peace. The Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore Panel and the Small-Claims Justice of the Peace Pro Tempore panels will be approved by the Justices of the Peace and the Clark County Board of County Commissioners.

By submitting to the application process, the applicant agrees that the Court may conduct a criminal background check as well as a Bar status check with the State Bar of Nevada.

Moreover, Referees and Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore must meet the qualifications set forth in NRS 4.010, including prior licensure and admission to practice law in the courts of Nevada, another state, or the District of Columbia for at least 5 years.

Pro Tems and Referees who are candidates for a contested judicial office may not serve as Pro Tem or Referee in the Las Vegas Justice Court until (1) they withdraw from the race; (2) are defeated in the primary election; or (3) the November general election has passed.

Before the next ensuing term of service begins, the Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, Small-Claims Pro Tempore Judges, and Traffic Referees who are chosen for the 2019-2020 panel must attend a mandatory orientation in November or December of 2018 (with the specific date still to be determined). This requirement may only be waived by the Chief Judge upon written request and for good cause shown.

If you have any questions or if you need more information, please contact Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino at (702) 671-3424.