Las Vegas Township Justice Court Orders Face Coverings, Social Distancing

On June 12, 2020, Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Judge Suzan Baucum filed an administrative order in regards to the use of face coverings and social distancing in response to COVID-19. See Administrative Order 20-14 (PDF file to download): LVJC-Admin-Order-20-14.

In Administrative Order 20-14, the court cited concerns for public health and determined it necessary to supplement Administrative Order 20-13, the order that mandated face coverings for all court employees, with additional orders regarding the use of face coverings by anyone who enters a public area of the Las Vegas Justice Court. Most notably, the order states:

“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that anyone who enters a public area of the Las Vegas Justice Court must wear a face covering ; and IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order expressly applies to, but is not limited to, private attorneys, contract counsel, employees or attorneys of the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, employees or attorneys of the Clark County Public Defender’s Office, court reporters, and all members of the public; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that children under the age of two and individuals who are unable to remove the face covering without assistance do not have to comply with the above-­referenced face-covering directive; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that individuals who are unable to wear a face covering for a Court proceeding should make arrangements to appear by alternative means; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, as used in this Order,” public area of the Las Vegas Justice Court” includes the following locations:

  1. The Traffic Division located on the 1st Floor of the Regional Justice Center (once that area is re-opened to the pubIic);
  2. The Customer Lobby for PreTrial Services located on the 1st Floor of the Regional Justice Center;
  3. The Customer-Service Counter located on the 2nd Floor of the Regional Justice Center;
  4. The Court-Education Division located on the 4th floor of the Regional Justice Center;
  5. The Neighborhood Justice Center located at  330  South  Third  Street,  Suite  600 Las Vegas , NV 89101 (once that area is re-opened to the public);
  6. The Community Impact Center located at 3740 Royal Crest Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (once that area is re-opened to the public); and
  7. All courtrooms utilized by the Las Vegas Justice Court, including, but not limited to,

*Courtroom used for Initial-Appearance Court in the lower level of the Regional Justice Center;

* Courtrooms used for Traffic Court in the lower level and 1st floor of the Regional Justice Center;

* Courtrooms throughout the Regional Justice Center that are used for Small- Claims proceedings on an as-needed basis;

*Courtrooms used for Eviction Proceedings; and

* Courtrooms used by the justices of the peace for Criminal, Civil , Protection­ Order, and all other types of proceedings.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order shall be reviewed no later than every 30 days and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by a subsequent order.”

Source: Grissell Hernandez, Las Vegas Justice Court