Department XVI

Timothy C. Williams

Office - (702) 671-4406

Fax - (702) 671-4405

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4403

Email - dept16lc@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 03H



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

Timothy C. Williams

Department XVI

Eighth Judicial District Court

 

Term of Office 2006 - present

 

Judge Williams was appointed on April 4, 2006 by Governor Kenny Guinn to fill a vacancy left on the District Court bench by JohnMcGroarty and was sworn in on April 24, 2006. He was then retained in the general election of November 7, 2006 to complete the remaining year of his predecessor’s term. He filed for re-election in 2008 and was unopposed for a six-year term commencing in January, 2009.

 

Judge Williams was born in 1955 and has been a 23 year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from Indiana University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He received his JurisDoctorate in 1983 from Ohio Northern University.

 

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Tim Williams has 20 years of complex civil litigation experience, has served on the District Court Arbitration and Mediation Panel, and presided as a Judge Pro Tem in the one-day jury trial program. It is estimated that Judge Tim Williams has served in the role as an arbitrator/mediator in hundreds of cases on behalf of the citizens of Clark County, resulting in the avoidance of costly and time-consuming litigation for the parties.

 

Judge Tim Williams has held many leadership positions for various bar associations. Judge Williams is the former President of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, former President of Las Vegas Chapter of National Bar Association, past member of the Consumer Protection Committee for the State Bar of Nevada, past member of the Fee Dispute Committee for the State Bar of Nevada and a member of the Nevada Supreme Court Arbitration/Mediation /Short Trial Committee. He also served 10 years as a panel member of Medical/Dental/Legal Screening Panel for the Insurance Division for the State of Nevada.

 

As a lawyer, Judge Tim Williams obtained an A-V ranking in Martindale-Hubbell for his legal ability and high ethical standards. Judge Tim Williams has lectured lawyers and Judges over 30 times on continuing legal education for the State Bar of Nevada, Clark County Bar Association and Nevada Trial Lawyer Association. He also has lectured law students at the Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 

In addition to his commitment to the law, Judge Williams has received United States Congressional recognition for community service. In 1994, Judge Williams was honored as “Humanitarian-of-the-Year” for his role in assisting boys from single parent homes. Judge Williams has also sponsored “Little League” baseball and junior high basketball teams in Clark County.

 

Judge Tim Williams is married to former KTNV (Channel 13) Investigative Reporter, Angela Rodriguez.

rev: 11/16/07

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 16 is currently assigned Civil and Business Court cases.
Motion calendar schedule
 
  • Department 16 hears Civil Court matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and Business Court Matters on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Dispositive motions are set at 9:30am. 
     
Regular chambers calendar
 
  • Department 16 does not have a regular chambers calendar. All matters are required to be set on the Department's regular motion calendar.
Unopposed Motions

Motions

  • Department 16 will consider motions in limine that are submitted as independently-noticed motions or as omnibus motions. In any case, subjects of each motion in limine must be numbered and there can be no redundantly numbered motions in limine for any individual party. Parties have a responsibility to resolve undisputed motions in limine prior to hearing pursuant to EDCR 2.47. Any motion in limine filed MUST be supported by an affidavit of counsel which contains ALL appropriate elements required by EDCR 2.47. The Court will not consider motions in limine which are not in compliance with EDCR 2.47.
  • All motions seeking an extension of time to serve a party may be submitted to Chambers for processing without placing the matter on the Court´s calendar. A courtesy copy of the filed Motion (along with the proposed Order) should be delivered to Department 16 upon filing of the Motion with the Court.
  • Ex parte applications for Temporary Restraining Orders should be submitted to chambers for review, upon which time the Court will determine whether to issue an Ex Parte TRO and schedule a hearing for the Preliminary Injunction, or whether a hearing is necessary before the issuance of any injunctive relief.

Discovery Commissioner assigned

  • Discovery matters in the Business Court are heard by the respective Business Court Judges, in Business Court cases, the judge appoints a special master for discovery matters. The Discovery Commissioner is utilized in non-Business Court civil matters. 
Rule 16/Discovery Conferences
  • Rule16 Conferences are conducted in all Business cases. 
  • In non-Business Court cases, the Court will schedule a Discovery Conference following the filing of the JCCR. Counsel may appear telephonically via CourtCall for Discovery Conferences.

Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record
  • Department 16 is a Court Reporter courtroom.  Accordingly, the Court Reporter’s transcript, if arranged for in advance, is the only official transcript of proceedings in Department 16.  You may contact Margaret (Peggy) Isom at 702-671-4402 or croert48@gmail.com to make arrangements for court reporting or transcript requests. Matters will only be reported upon request from counsel prior to the start of the hearing.
Courtesy Copies
 
  • Department 16 appreciates courtesy copies of all motions, oppositions and replies 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.  All exhibits attached to the pleadings must be clearly divided by a tab.  If they are large documents, they must be in a binder(s) or Acco fastener, not a binder clip or rubber band.  See EDCR 7.20(d).  Courtesy copies should be dropped off in the Runner Drop Box for Department 16 located on the 3rd floor.  Emailed or faxed courtesy copies are not accepted.
  • Failure to provide the Court with courtesy copies may result in your motion being continued to a later date to allow counsel to provide courtesy copies to the Court.
     
Telephonic appearance request
 
  • Department 16 utilizes CourtCall for telephonic appearances.  Please contact CourtCall for approved appearances and to schedule.  They can be reached toll-free at 1-888-882-6878 and/or on-line at www.courtcall.com no later than one judicial day preceding your hearing date.  Please note, all witnesses appearing telephonically must have counsel present in court and have the appropriate, court-approved notary and/or official present on their end to swear them in.
     
Video Appearance Request
 
  • Effective 9/30/14:  Department 16 now offers video conferencing via Court Call. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
Unopposed motions
 
  • Department 16 does not grant unopposed motion in advance. Counsel is required to appear and in person.
Default judgment prove-ups
 
  • All Default Judgments for a total award of less than $50,000, if based on a written contract, may be submitted to chambers. Personal injury claims require testimony.  All Default Judgments for a total award of $50,000 or more must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar. Live testimony is required at prove-up hearings. While the Court prefers witnesses testifying live at the prove-up hearing, telephonic testimony appearances are permitted if a notary public is present with the witness for the purpose of administering the Oath to the witness.
     
Submission of Orders
 
  • Department 16 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 not required to sign the order prior to submission.
  • Please note the Court will not sign Orders that do not have at least two lines of text on the Court’s signature page.  The Order will be rejected and returned for correction.
  • If you are submitting an Amended Order, please include a brief cover letter indicating why the amendments are necessary.
Contested Orders
 
  • Disputes may be resolved by submission to chambers of an explanatory letter, copied on all parties, with or without a draft of a competing order. Department 16 will not resolve disputes regarding proposed orders by facsimile correspondence. Department 16 will chose the Order that most accurately reflects the thrust and scope of the Court's Decision, as well as the relief requested in the moving papers and will left side file the other competing/dueling order(s).  If neither order submitted is accurate, the Court will draft its own order.  A hearing shall only be set if counsel files a Motion for Reconsideration or Clarification, and counsel is unsatisfied with the proposed order the Court elected to sign.

Petition to Compromise Claims of Minors

  • All Petitions to compromise the claims of minors may be submitted to Chambers for processing without placing the matter on the Court’s calendar. A courtesy copy of the filed Petition (along with the proposed Order) should be delivered to Department 16 upon filing of the Petition with the Court
  • Department 16 prefers that medical records only be submitted to Chambers. NRS 41.200(3) does not require that medical records be filed.  If medical records are filed as an attachment to the Petition, restricted personal information as defined by SRCR 2(6) and NRS 239B.030 must be redacted prior to filing.  Failure to redact restricted personal information will require the Petitioner to file a motion to redact pursuant to SRCR 3 and EDCR 2.13 prior to the Judge signing off on the Order to Compromise the Minor’s Claim.


Petition to Seal Criminal Records
  • A Petition may be submitted to chambers for processing without placing the matter on the Court’s calendar when accompanied by a D.A. approved Order. Depending on the number of charges, the time-range, and the gravity of the charge(s), the Court may require a hearing.  If needed, the Order will be returned asking the Petitioner to file a Notice of Hearing.



Electronic signatures
 
  • Electronic/typographical signatures are acceptable in Dept. XVI on all documents that DO NOT require Judge's signature. For dispositive documents requiring Judge's signature, ORIGINAL signatures of counsel/parties in proper person are required.
  • For out-of-state counsel, in the interests of judicial economy and to keep overall costs down for all parties, Department 16 will accept scanned signatures on Stipulations and Orders (non-dispositive); however, at least one signature must be an original.

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 Judge Williams in chambers with instructions for counsel to be prepared to show adequate advance notice to the other side, per NRCP 65(b) of the date/time of such appointments 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 motion calendar (non-evidentiary).
  • At the time of hearing a motion for preliminary injunctions, the Court will hear evidence and argument of counsel. If a TRO has been entered, it will likely be extending pending the evidentiary hearing in accordance with NRCP 65 (b).
Jury selection
 
  • Department 16 uses a modified version "Arizona Method" of Jury selection. The presiding judge initially conducts voir dire of the entire panel. After questioning, the Judge meets with counsel at the bench to discuss whether any prospective jurors should be excused for cause. Prospective Jurors initially passing "cause" challenges are then seated in the Jury Box in the order of the Badge Numbers.
  • Attorneys are then permitted to conduct voir dire examination of the jury in mass, or on an individual basis. After initial questioning, attorneys meet with the Judge at the bench to discuss whether any of these prospective jurors should be excused for cause. Once their prospective jurors are passed for cause, the parties exercise their peremptory challenges. Excusals for cause and peremptory challenges are discussed only at the Bench and later placed on the record. Excused jurors are not informed as to the reason for their discharge.
Jury Questionnaire
  • Department 16 requires all requests for jury questionnaires to be done by Stipulation and Order or by motion and must be filed and heard at least six (6) weeks in advance of the trial date. The questionnaire must be submitted to the Court in final form for signature no less than five (5) weeks prior to the commencement of trial.