Department VII

Linda Marie Bell

Office - (702) 671-4344

Fax - (702) 671-4343

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4341

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 10E

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

Judge Linda Marie Bell

The Honorable Linda Marie Bell serves as the chief judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County. Judge Bell was elected in 2008 and took the bench in January of 2009. In addition to administrative duties for the court, she presides over the Veterans Treatment Court and OPEN Specialty Court Programs. Judge Bell previously presided over all the adult cirminal division specialty courts.

A life-long Nevada resident, Judge Bell graduated with honors from Bonanza High School and the University of Nevada, Reno.  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 moot court 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.  Following law school, she studied ethics and policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Judge Bell was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in October of 1993. After graduation, she 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, handling complex post-conviction cases in Nevada's state courts, the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge Bell argued eleven cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including the published case of Chambers v. McDaniel.

Judge Bell serves on the board of the ABA National Conference of State Trial Judges as vice-chair and as the chair of the ABA Judicial Division Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.  Judge Bell is the past president of Nevada District Judges Association and the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inn of Court.  Since 2011, Judge Bell has taught criminal law and criminal procedure at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Judge Bell graduated from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program in 2008 and remains actively involved in Leadership Las Vegas, co-chairing the criminal justice day committee.  She honored as the Trial by Peers Judge of the Year in 2011.  Among other professional and community activity, Judge Bell has previously served as a member the Court Records Subcommittee, a CASA, a board member of Family and Child Treatment, a board member of the Southern Nevada Women Attorneys and 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 is 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 as the chief judge department.
Motion calendar schedule
  • Department 7 hears Civil motions on Tuesdays and at 9:00 a.m.
Other regularly scheduled court sessions
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 Erin Truman
Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record
  • Department 7 uses a Court Recorder. Everything, including bench conferences, is 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 arguments. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
Unopposed motions
  • Department 7 grants 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 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, provided 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 uses a modified “Arizona Method” of jury selection.  After general questions are asked of all prospective jurors by the Court, jurors are questioned individually by the Judge, plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney.  After all jurors have been passed for cause, counsel will exercise peremptory challenges by writing the juror number on a form.  Waiving one challenge does not mean waiving all challenges.