Department XXII

Susan H. Johnson

Office - (702) 671-0547

Fax - (702) 671-0571

Law Clerk - (702) 671-0551

Email - BanksL@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 15D



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

Current Assignment
 
  • Department 22 is currently assigned to hear Civil and Construction Defect cases.
Motion calendar schedule
 
  • Department 22 hears its Civil motions on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 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 use Court Call.  Telephonic appearance requests should be made by fax to the Department at (702) 671-0571, copied on all counsel, at least one (1) judicial day prior to the scheduled appearance.  The request needs to include the case name and number, date and time of hearing, subject of the hearing, the person's name and who they will be appearing on behalf of (such as John Doe, Esq. counsel for Defendant Tom Jones) and a DIRECT telephone number to be reached at the time of the hearing and the Court will call them when that page on the calendar is called.
     
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 or electronic service prior to the hearing.  If the parties grant each other an extension to file oppositions, they MUST notify the Department by fax or email prior to the deadline date.
Default judgment prove-ups
 
  • Department 22 requires a 3-Day Notice under NRCP 55(b)(2) regardless of whether an appearance has been made by the party against whom a default judgment is sought and it must not be combined with a Notice of Intent to Take Default.
  • All Default Judgments seeking less than $60,000 may be submitted to chambers. If seeking more than $60,000 must be scheduled on the Department´s regular motion calendar. Two copies of the exhibits intended to be used at prove-up hearing must be provided to the chambers at least 5 judicial days before the hearing. Default Judgment Exhibits must comply with Department 22’s exhibit guideline. Counsel should contact the law clerk to obtain the guideline in advance. Failure to provide courtesy copies will result in your hearing being vacated.
  • While the Court prefers witnesses testifying live at the prove-up hearing, telephonic testimony is acceptable. See telephonic appearance request section above.
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.

Courtesy Copy

  • Courtesy copies must be delivered by the MOVING PARTY at least 5 judicial days before the date of hearing, along with all related briefing, affidavits, and exhibits. See EDCR 2.20 (g). This includes oppositions if opposing counsel fails to deliver their own courtesy copies. All exhibits attached to 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). Failure to follow EDCR 2.20(g) and/or EDCR 7.20(d) may result in your motion being VACATED.

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
 
  • Department 22 requires a 3-Day Notice under NRCP 55(b)(2) regardless of whether an appearance has been made by the party against whom a default judgment is sought and it must not be combined with a Notice of Intent to Take Default.
  • 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. Two copies of the exhibits intended to be used at prove-up hearing must be provided to the chambers 5 days before the hearing. Default Judgment Exhibits must comply with Department 22’s exhibit guideline. Counsel should contact the law clerk to obtain the guideline in advance. Failure to provide courtesy copies will result in your hearing being vacated.
  • While the Court prefers witnesses testifying live at the prove-up hearing, telephonic testimony is acceptable. A request to appear telephonically should be emailed, faxed, or dropped off at the department with the following information: case name; case number; date and time of the hearing; subject of the hearing; party being represented; and counsel’s name and direct phone number.
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.

Courtesy Copy

  • Courtesy copy must be delivered by the MOVING PARTY at least 5 judicial days before the date of hearing, along with all related briefing, affidavits, and exhibits. See EDCR 2.20 (g). This includes oppositions if opposing counsel fails to deliver their own courtesy copies. Furthermore, all exhibits attached to pleadings must clearly show the exhibit number immediately preceding the exhibit. If a courtesy copy is delivered to the Judge’s chambers, all exhibits attached MUST BE clearly divided by a tab. See EDCR 7.20(d). Failure to follow EDCR 2.20(g) and/or EDCR 7.20(d) may result in your motion being VACATED.