Department XIX

William Kephart

Office - (702) 671-4450

Fax - (702) 671-4449

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4443

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 16B

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

William “Bill” Kephart Bio 2020

William "Bill" Kephart is a Clark County District Court Judge in Department 19. He is running for re-election to serve his third term.
Kephart has served in the justice system for over three decades, including a prosecutor in the DA’s office, and both a Justice of the Peace and District Court Judge in Clark County. He was first elected in 2010, and then won a six-year term in 2014. Since winning the election in 2010, Bill has continued his ability to add value to each role he has taken in the legal community. In his role as aJudge in Justice Court, Bill was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Veteran’s Treatment Court.

Since taking the District Court bench, he has presided over approximately 19,500 hearings and over his career, has had close to 100 jury trials.

Bill is a lifelong resident of Clark County. He graduated from Basic High School in 1979 and was active in sports and Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree in criminal justice. He then attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in May 1988. He began his career as a Deputy City Attorney in Las Vegas, and then was recruited by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and joined the office as a Deputy District Attorney in 1990. Bill is a member of the Nevada Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association, American Bar Association, the National District Attorney's Association, the Stop DUI Organization, and former member of the Clark County Prosecutors Association.

Bill's wife of thirty-one years, Tina, is also a lifetime resident of Southern Nevada. Together, they have raised two children, have three grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way.


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 19 is currently assigned Civil, Construction and Criminal dockets.
Motion calendar schedule
  • Department 19 hears Criminal matters on Mondays and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
    and Civil matters on Tuesday and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Regular chambers calendar
  • Department 19 does have a chambers calendar. Matters regularly placed on chambers calendar include: Motions to Withdraw; Motions to Associate Counsel; Motions for Leave; Motions to Serve via Publication; Motions to Lift Stay; Motions for Enlargement of Time for Service; Motions to Substitute; Motions to Amend; Motions for Rule 54(b) Certification and Status Checks on Blocked Accounts.
Discovery Commissioner assigned
  • Commissioner Erin Truman
Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record
  • Department 19 uses a Court Recorder.
Telephonic appearance request
  • Department 19 considers telephonic appearance requests on a case by case basis. Department 19 does NOT utilize Court Call. Counsel must arrange telephonic appearance the Department's Law Clerk, prior to their scheduled appearance.
Unopposed motions
  • Department 19 will grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date. Unopposed matters will be placed on the Department's chambers calendar prior to the scheduled hearing. Counsel directed to fax a file-stamped copy of notice of new-opposition to Department 19's Chambers and then contact the Law Clerk.
Default judgment prove-ups
  • All Default Judgments for a total award of less than $100,000 may be submitted to chambers. All Default Judgments for a total award of $100,000 or more must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar. Live testimony is required at the prove-up hearing. Any lawsuits dealing with real property also require live testimony.
Submission of Orders
  • Department 19 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 scheduling a conference call with the Court or submission of competing orders for the Court's review.
Courtesy Copy
  • Counsel directed to submit courtesy copies of all motions that counsel would like the Court to hear within 48 hours of receiving a file-stamper copy from Wiznet. All courtesy copies should be hand delivered to Department 19's chambers single sided, 3 hole punched and all exhibits tabbed. Courtesy copies provided by email to Department 19 ARE NOT sufficient. Failure to provide the Court with courtesy copies may result in your motion being continued to a later date to allow counsel to provide a courtesy copy to the Court.