Department XIII

Mark R. Denton

Office - (702) 671-4429

Fax - (702) 671-4428

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4426

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 03D

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

Judge Denton was appointed by Governor Bob Miller on August 19, 1998 to fill a vacancy left on the District Court bench by his resigning predecessor and was sworn in on September 4, 1998.  He was then retained in the general election of November 3, 1998 to complete the remaining four years of his predecessor’s term.  He has been re-elected to six-year terms in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

Judge Denton was born in Elko, Nevada and raised in Boulder City, Nevada where he graduated from high school.  He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno (with a year in Paris, France through an affiliate of UNR), followed by attendance at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. where he obtained his J.D. in May of 1976. 

Judge Denton was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1973 and therafter fulfilled his U.S. Army R.O.T.C. active duty obligation as a first lieutenant (Armor) and reserve duty as a Captain (JAG).  He practiced law for 21 years before assuming the District Court bench, achieving the highly-esteemed “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory and a firm listing in that publication’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the categories of Civil Trial Practice, General Practice, and Probate, Trusts and Estate Planning. 

Judge Denton is a charter member of the American College of Business Court Judges and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Judge Denton is a past president of the Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court and is currently a member emeritus of the same, having previously been a master/regular.

Judge Denton is a Regular Commissioner of the State of Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline. 

Judge Denton is currently one of the five Business Court Judges in the Eighth Judicial District.  His calendar is comprised of Business Court cases and regular civil cases.

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 13 is currently assigned Civil Court and Business Court dockets.

Motion calendar schedule

  • Department 13 regularly hears all regular Civil Court and Business Court motions on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday) and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Occasionally, motions are scheduled on other days on orders shortening time.

Other regularly scheduled court sessions

  • Department 13 also conducts Calendar Calls, Pretrial Conferences and Rule 16 Conferences on Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a Holiday) afternoons and Business Court Settlement Conferences on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Regular chambers calendar

  • Department 13 does not have a regular chambers calendar.  All matters are required to be set on the Department's regular motions calendar.

Injunctive Relief

  • Noticed motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are heard as any other motions.
  • Ex parte applications for temporary restraining orders are scheduled by appointment with the Judge in chambers with instructions to counsel to be prepared to show adequate advance notice to the other side per NRCP 65(b) of the date/time of such appointment for the application.  Whether or not the TRO is granted, the hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction will be scheduled at that time for a motions calendar (non-evidentiary).
  • At the time of hearing a motion for preliminary injunction, the Court will hear argument and offers of proof and determine if an evidentiary hearing is necessary.  If not, the Court will rule; if so, such a hearing will be scheduled.  If a TRO has been entered, it will likely be extended pending the evidentiary hearing in accordance with NRCP 65(b).

Rule 16 Conferences

  • Rule 16 Conferences are conducted in all Business cases.
  • In non-Business Court cases, the Court will consult with counsel via the JCCR relative to issuance of the scheduling order and will calendar a Rule 16 Conference if one is requested therein per NRCP 16(b).

Discovery Commissioner assigned

  • Discovery matters in the Business Court are heard by the respective Business Court Judges.  Occasionally, in Business Court cases, the judge appoints a special master for discovery matters.  The Discovery Commissioner is utilized in non-Business Court civil matters.

Court Reporter or Court Recorder for its official record

  • Department 13 uses a Court Recorder

Telephonic appearance requests

  • Department 13 does not use Court Call for telephonic appearances.  Counsel/parties in proper person should contact chambers at least one (1) judicial day prior to the scheduled hearing to request a telephonic appearance.  Counsel/parties in proper person need to follow up with a confirmation by facsimile, copied to all counsel/parties in proper person, which provides a telephone number (preferably a land line) where they can be reached.
  • For the motions calendar: When the case is ready to be called, the Court's Marshal will contact the person(s) appearing telephonically.  For Calendar Calls:  The Court’s Marshal will contact the person(s) appearing telephonically.  Then, they will be placed on hold until the Judge takes the bench and calls their case.  They will need to remain on the line until the Judge either vacates the trial date or gives them a trial setting.  For any pretrial conference, Rule 16 conference, or other matter that is heard in chambers, Court staff will contact the person(s) appearing telephonically.  Land line telephone numbers are preferred.

Unopposed motions

  • If an unopposed motion has not been granted by minute order before the hearing date, the Court will call the case at the hearing, and, unless it has questions, grant the same without requiring appearance of counsel.  If it has questions and there is no appearance of counsel, the Court will likely continue the matter to another motions calendar and provide copies of the minutes doing so to counsel.

Default judgment prove-ups

  • A Default Judgment prove-up hearing is not required unless damages are not readily ascertainable by affidavit reference to bills, costs, promissory notes, and other instruments, and calculations of principal and interest based thereon.  However, prove-up hearings are required for damages that are not so ascertainable, such as damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages.  Live testimony is generally required at Default Judgment Prove-Up hearings.

Submission of orders

  • Department 13 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 occasionally, but not always, requested to provide a draft to opposing counsel.  Dependent upon the history of the case and nature of the Order, the Court may either direct submission of competing proposed orders or direct the prevailing counsel to submit the order to the Court.  Disputes may be resolved by motion practice.  The Department does not consider unsolicited correspondence from counsel regarding such disputes.

Contested Orders

  • Instead of seeking to litigate any disapproval through correspondence directed to the Court or to counsel with copies to the Court, any such disapproval should be the subject of motion practice following entry of order.

Electronic signatures

  • Electronic/typographical signatures are acceptable on all documents that DO NOT require Judge’s signature.  For documents requiring Judge’s signature, signatures of counsel/parties in proper person are required; the Court will accept faxed or scanned signatures, as long as they are in the written format and not done typographically.

Jury selection

  • Department 13 uses the "Arizona Method” of jury selection, and it provides a written explanation of the procedure to counsel at the pre-trial conference.

Courtesy copies

  • Department 13 appreciates courtesy copies of all motions, oppositions and replies and they should be dropped off in the deliveries box on the third floor at least one week before the hearing or as soon as the document is filed.  Any oppositions or replies filed one judicial day prior to the hearing should be emailed to the Department’s law clerk as soon as the document is filed.  Courtesy copies of voluminous exhibits are not required, but any exhibits considered to require particular emphasis are welcome.