Department XVII

Michael P. Villani

Office - (702) 671-4469

Fax - (702) 671-4468

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4466

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 11A

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

Michael P. Villani

Department XVII

Eighth Judicial District Court


Term of Office 2007 - present


Judge Michael P. Villani is a 56 year resident of Nevada, graduating from Clark High School and UNLV, earning a degree in Psychology. Thereafter, he attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, California and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1982. His legal experience includes a stint with the Clark County District Attorney's Office before entering private practice. Prior to taking the Bench, Judge Villani was a Court Appointed Arbitrator and handled over 357 arbitrations, an Alternate Municipal Court Judge, a Justice of the Peace Pro Tem, a Small Claims Court Judge, and was appointed by the State Bar of Nevada to the Free Dispute Committee and the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board.


Judge Villani has been the presiding judge in Department XVII for nine years and handles both civil and criminal cases. Selected twice by the National Judicial College, he served as a discussion leader in courses involving advance ethics and search and seizure law. Also, in 2011 and 2015, Judge Villani was a member of the faculty teaching newly elected judges from throughout the United States the principles and roles of a sitting judge.

Judge Villani is married and has six children.

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 17 is currently assigned Civil Court, Criminal Court and Trial Overflow Dockets
    Motion calendar schedule
    • Department 17 hears Civil Court matters on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Criminal Court Matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. and Overflow on Fridays at 8:45 a.m
    Regular chambers calendar
    • Department 17 does have a chambers calendar. Matters requiring court hearing with oral argument include: Applications for Preliminary Injunctions; Motions for Summary Judgment; Motions in Limine; Motions to Dismiss; Motions to Expunge Lis Pendens; Motions to Quash Service; Motions to Set aside; Order to Show Cause, Prove Ups over $50,000.00; Prove Ups claiming personal injuries; Prove Ups regarding title of real property; Prove Ups seeking punitive damages; Motions to Continue Trial; and Motions on Order Shortening Time.
    Discovery Commissioner assigned
    • Commissioner Chris Beecroft
    Telephonic appearance request
    • Department 17 does require counsel to use Court Call for telephonic appearances.
    Unopposed motions
    • Department 17 will grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date. Counsel is only required to appear if the Motion has not been granted prior to the scheduled hearing date.
    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 more, claiming personal injuries, regarding title to real property, or seeking punitive damages must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department 17 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. Disputes may be resolved by submitting Competing Orders to chambers with a letter merely stating that there is a "disagreement as to the wording of the Order".
    Contested Orders
    • In District Court Department XVII, when counsel are unable to agree on the language of an order, counsel should present their competing positions in a word document emailed to the law clerk with no additional argument or explanation.  If a redline copy is available counsel may also submit that document.  Generally the Court will enter an order after reviewing the competing versions and any record of the hearing. If the court after considering the proposed orders, may set a conference call to obtain additional information or argument from counsel.
    Jury selection
    • Department 17 uses the "Arizona Method” of jury selection, requiring voir dire to be directed toward the minimum number of jurors necessary to be qualified, rather than the entire venire.