Timothy C. Williams
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.
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.
- Department 16 is currently assigned Civil and Construction Defect cases.
Motion calendar schedule
- Department 16 hears Civil Court matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and Construction Defect Matters on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
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.
- A Courtesy Copy of any document related to your hearing must be delivered to the Runner Drop Box for Department 16 located on the 12th floor.
Telephonic appearance request
- Effective 9/30/14: Department 16 requires telephonic appearances be made via Court Call. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance at (888) 882-6878. Persons electing to make a remote appearance shall notify all parties of the same either contemporaneously with any written notice of motion or via fax or e-mail (or, if the former are unavailable, by telephone) no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing date.
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.
- 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 may be submitted to chambers. All Default Judgments for a total award of $50,000 or 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 is acceptable. If a telephonic appearance of a witness is required at the prove-up, Judge Williams requires that a Notary Public be in attendance at the location to swear them in for the hearing,
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. 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.
- 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. If neither order submitted is accurate, the Court will draft its own order.
- Electronic/typographical signatures are acceptable in Dept. XVI on all documents that DO NOT require Judge's signature. For documents requiring Judge's signature, ORIGINAL signatures of counsel is required. If time constraints warrant facsimile and/or scanned signatures, at least one signature must be an original.
- 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).
- 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. At the attorneys' option the alternate jurors can be selected blindly, whereby no juror knows which members are regular or alternate.