Department VII

Linda Marie Bell

Office - (702) 671-4344

Fax - (702) 671-4343

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4341

Email - dept07lc@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 15A



Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155

Linda Marie Bell
Department VII
Eighth Judicial District Court

 Term of Office 2009 - present

The Honorable Linda Marie Bell serves as a Judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County. Judge Bell was elected to District Court and took the bench in January of 2009. Judge Bell presides in Department 7, where she hears large civil and felony criminal cases.  Judge Bell also serves as the Grand Jury Judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court as well as overseeing the Civil Settlement Conference Program. 

Judge Bell grew up in Nevada.  She graduated from Bonanza High School and the University of Nevada, Reno with honors.  Her undergraduate degree is in psychology, with a minor in studio art.  In 1993, Judge Bell received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law.  While in law school, Judge Bell served as an Articles Editor for the University of San Diego Law Review.  She also received awards for writing and oral advocacy.  During law school, Judge Bell worked for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Public Defender’s Office.

 Judge Bell was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in October of 1993. After graduation, Judge Bell worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Sally Loehrer in the Eighth Judicial District Court. Following her clerkship, Judge Bell worked in Las Vegas law firms, practicing primarily in the areas of medical malpractice and family law.  For twelve years prior to taking the bench, Judge Bell served as a public defender.  She spent five years as a Clark County public defender, handling all manner of criminal cases.  She then spent seven years in the non-capital post-conviction unit of the Law Offices of the Federal Public Defender's Office, handling complex post conviction cases in Nevada's state courts, the United States District Court and the While at the Federal Public Defender's Office, Judge Bell argued eleven cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including the published case of Chambers v. McDaniel.

Her professional and community involvement include graduating from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program in 2008. She remains actively involved in Leadership Las Vegas, serving on the criminal justice day committee.  Judge Bell regularly participated in the Trial by Peers program, and was honored as the Trial by Peers Judge of the Year in 2011.   Judge Bell is a member of the Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court, and currently holds the position of president. Judge Bell served on the court records subcommittee. She is a member at Large of the Nevada District Judges’ Association. 

Judge Bell has previously served as a CASA, a board member of Family and Child Treatment, a board member of the Southern Nevada Women Attorneys, a board member of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

 

Courtroom Protocol

No weapons are allowed. There is no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in any courtroom.

Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts, which show offensive slogans or pictures, are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.

While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The court proceedings are being recorded by a court recorder and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.

All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.

Attorneys are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times, and to strictly adhere to the opportunities, requirements, limitations, and deadlines set by the judge. All counsel are to be punctual for all conferences, hearings and trials. They are to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel - whether in front of a jury or the court.

    Current Assignment
    • Department 7 is currently assigned an all Civil docket.
    Motion calendar schedule
    • Department 7 hears Civil motions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
    Regular chambers calendar
    • Department 7 does not have a regular chambers calendar. All matters are required to be set on the Department's regular motion calendar.
    Discovery Commissioner assigned
    • Commissioner Bonnie Bulla
    Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record
    • Department 7 uses a Court Recorder. Everything, including bench conferences are recorded. The Judge will not meet with parties on cases off the record.
    Telephonic appearance request
    • Department 7 allows telephonic appearances via Court Call only in matters not requiring significant oral argument. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
    Unopposed motions
    • Department 7 does grant unopposed motions in advance. Counsel will be contacted if their matter has been decided on the pleadings.
    Default judgment prove-ups
    • All Default Judgments for a total award of less than $50,000 may be submitted to chambers pursuant to EDCR 2.70. Default Judgments for a total award of $50,000 or more must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar for a prove up hearing. Counsel must submit a copy of the Complaint, Summons, Affidavit of Service and/or Affidavit of Due Diligence, Application for Default Judgment, Three Day Notice of Default, Default, Affidavit in Support of Default and Memorandum of Costs prior to the hearing. Additionally, a prove-up hearing is required in any case where damages are not clearly established by documentation; such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department 7 requires proposed orders to be submitted to chambers within ten (10) days of notification of the ruling, pursuant to EDCR 7.21. Counsel designated to prepare the order is required to provide a draft to opposing counsel(s), allowing for a reasonable opportunity for review and comment. Non-drafting counsel is required to sign the order prior to submission. Disputes may be resolved by setting a hearing on the Department's regular motion calendar. Disputes will not be resolved through correspondence.
    Contested Orders
    • In District Court Department 7, if counsel cannot agree on an order, if counsel, as a courtesy to opposing counsel, or if directed by the court at the time of hearing, provides a draft of the order to opposing counsel for review, and said counsel refuses to agree on the language of the order, then counsel obtaining the order should, within the time provided by EDCR 7.21, nonetheless submit the order to the Court, together with a cover letter explaining that opposing counsel has refused to agree to the proposed language and, if known, the reasons therefor.
    Electronic Signatures
    • In District Court Department 7, The counsel obtaining the order should comply with EDCR 7.21.
    Jury selection
    • Department 7 does not generally use the “Arizona Method” of jury selection. After general questions are asked of all prospective jurors by the Court, jurors are individually questioned by the Judge. The Plaintiff's attorney and the Defendant's attorney peremptory challenges are exercised one at a time, with a replacement juror being questioned and passed for cause before the next challenge.