Department XXI

Valerie Adair

Office - (702) 671-4452

Fax - (702) 671-4451

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4446

Email - dept21lc@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 11C



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

Valerie Adair

Department XXI

Eighth Judicial District Court

 

Term of Office 2002 - present

 

Valerie Adair grew up in Las Vegas graduating as Valedictorian of Clark High School in 1981. She then obtained her bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center where she served as editor of the law review.

 

She first practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles, California but found that she wanted to return to Las Vegas, where she began working in the criminal division in the District Attorney’s office in 1990. After several years in the criminal division, Valerie was made Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Fraud Unit, where she specialized in prosecuting complex white collar fraud and the financial exploitation of the elderly.

 

She has served on various task forces and committees relating to the legal representation of the elderly, the abuse and exploitation of the elderly, and high tech crimes. She was elected to the District Court bench in November, 2002.

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 21 is currently assigned Civil Court and Criminal Court Dockets.
    Motion calendar schedule
    • Department 21 hears Civil Court matters on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Criminal Court Matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
    Regular chambers calendar
    • Department 21 does have a chambers calendar. Matters regularly placed on chambers calendar include: Motions to Withdraw; Motions to Amend; Motions to Associate Counsel; Motions to Reconsider; Motions to Consolidate; and Minor's Compromise Claims.
    Discovery Commissioner assigned
    • Commissioner Chris Beecroft
    Telephonic appearance request
    • Department 21 requires telephonic appearances be made via Court Call. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
    Unopposed motions
    • Department 21 does not grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date. Counsel is not required to appear for unopposed motions.
    Default judgment prove-ups
    • A Default Judgment prove-up hearing is required when: (1) the total damages sought are in excess of $100,000 (2) the claim is for personal injuries (3) the claim is in regard to title of real property and (4) anytime punitive damages are sought. Prove-Up hearings are scheduled on Wednesdays only and live testimony is required.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department 21 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 requested to provide a draft to opposing counsel(s) prior to submission. 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.
    Jury selection
    • Department 21 does not use the "Arizona Method” of jury selection. Jurors are determined by qualifying the correct amount of jurors and alternates in the box and replacing them as they are excused for cause. When all are passed for cause, the peremptory challenges are exercised publicly. After the first challenge, the juror is replaced with the next in order from the audience. That person is questioned by the Court and both sides. Once passed for cause, the next challenge is exercised and so forth. The alternates are seated in predetermined seats. We do not disclose the identites of the alternates to the jurors until right before deliberations.