Department XXII

Susan H. Johnson

Office - (702) 671-0547

Fax - (702) 671-0571

Law Clerk - (702) 671-0551

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 15D

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

Susan Johnson

Department XXII

Eighth Judicial District Court


Term of Office 2007 - present


SUSAN JOHNSON initially was elected to serve as State District Court Judge, Department 22, on January 2, 2007, and thereafter, overwhelmingly re-elected twice, in 2008 and 2014, with over 82% and 75% of the vote, respectively.  She hears criminal, civil and construction defect matters.  Judge Johnson has been a resident of the greater Las Vegas area since November 1963.  She graduated from Ed. W. Clark High School in 1977 and UNLV in 1982, where she acquired her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a dual major in public accounting and investment finance.  She thereafter graduated from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in 1985, and has been a member of the Nevada and California State Bars since 1985 and 1986, respectively.   Judge Johnson is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Nevada (since 1985), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (since 1986), and United States Supreme Court (since 1989).

Before assuming the bench, Judge Johnson, then an attorney of over 21 years, was A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and the President/Sole Shareholder of her own law firm, whose practice included civil litigation, personal injury, security and/or premises claims, domestic or family law, wills and simple estate planning.  Her background also includes insurance and civil rights defense, and having an active trial practice.   Judge Johnson also acted as an arbitrator, who has arbitrated at least 600 matters, mediator, Settlement Judge for the Nevada Supreme Court, short-trial judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Judge Pro Tempore for Las Vegas Justice Court, as well as Hearing Master in child support cases.  She has taught several CLE courses and spoken at various seminars/conferences during her career, including, but not limited to that dealing with arbitration, constructional defects, rules of civil procedure, professional responsibility, personal injury cases from start to finish and uninsured/underinsured motorist issues.

Judge Johnson is also actively involved in the community.  She is Immediate Past President of the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a past president and Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club of Green Valley, and Judge Johnson has held memberships/offices in various other organizations before assuming the bench, such as the Junior League of Las Vegas, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Henderson Chamber of Commerce to name a few.  She has been married to District Court Judge Eric Johnson for over thirty (30) years, and they have two adult daughters, Tess and Emma.  When not attending her judicial duties, Judge Johnson can be found running half- and whole marathons with her husband and daughters throughout the country and internationally.

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 22 is currently assigned to hear Criminal, Civil and Construction Defect cases.
    Motion calendar schedule
    • Department 22 hears its Criminal matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at  9 a.m.  and its Civil  motions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30  a.m.
    Other regularly scheduled court sessions
    • Department 22 schedules Civil status check hearings and/or Pretrial Conferences/Calendar Calls on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.
    Regular chambers calendar
    • Department 22 does not hold or schedule a regular chambers calendar. All matters are required to be scheduled on the Department's regular motion calendars heard Tuesday and Thursday mornings. See above.
    Discovery Commissioner assigned
    • Commissioner Bonnie Bulla
    Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record
    • Department 22 uses a Court Recorder, Norma Ramirez
    Telephonic appearance request
    • Department 22 does not require telephonic appearance be made via Court Call. However, telephonic appearance requests should be made by fax, copied on all counsel, at least one (1) judicial day prior to the scheduled appearance.
    Unopposed motions
    • Generally speaking, Department 22 will grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date, pursuant to EDCR 2.20(e). Counsel is not required to appear for unopposed motions if they are granted by Minute Order sent by the Department to the parties via facsimile prior to the hearing.
    Default judgment prove-ups
    • All Default Judgments seeking less than $60,000 may be submitted to chambers. All Default Judgments seeking more than $60,000 must be scheduled on the Department´s regular motion calendar. While the Court prefers witnesses testifying live at the prove-up hearing, telephonic testimony is acceptable.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department 22 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) 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 competing orders, with an explanatory letter, copied on all parties.
    Contested Orders
    • In District Court Department XXII, for competing orders, all parties need to provide what they think is proper along with any correspondence from opposing counsel regarding what they don't agree on.  The Law Clerk will then have to listen to the tape of that hearing and decide if either of them are correct and if so, give to Judge to sign.  If none are correct, they "may" all be returned for corrections, or in some instances Judge will do the Order herself.
    Electronic Signatures
    • District Court Department XXII doesn't accept any electronic signatures.  We will accept them by facsimile as long as we have at least one original signature.
    Jury selection
    • Department 22 uses a modified version "Arizona Method” of jury selection. The presiding judge initially conducts voir dire of the entire venire seated in the back of the courtroom. 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 their 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 these 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 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.