Department XXVI

Gloria J. Sturman

Office - (702) 671-3628

Fax - (702) 366-1399

Law Clerk - (702) 671-0881

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 10D

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

Gloria J. Sturman
Department XXVI

Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 2011 - present

Judge Gloria Sturman took the bench in Department 26 January 3, 2011.  Prior to her election in November, 2010 Judge Sturman practiced law in Las Vegas for over 27 years.    Judge Sturman graduated  cum laude from Arizona State University, in 1979 with a BS in Business, and from Arizona State University College of Law in 1982.    Judge Sturman was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1982 and in Nevada in 1983.  While in private practice, Judge Sturman  focused primarily on the defense of governmental entities,   employment defense, and professional malpractice defense including allied medical professionals, attorneys, accountants and realtors.  As a practicing attorney,  Judge Sturman received an A-V ranking in Martindale-Hubbell for her legal ability and high ethical standards. 

Judge Sturman defended a variety of matters, and tried over twenty jury trials to verdict.   These cases include automobile accidents, premises liability claims, and products liability claims.  Judge Sturman represented Clark County in a variety of claims, from employment claims, to premises liability, to professional negligence.    Judge Sturman also handled employment matters at the administrative and litigation stage, and consulted with employers on a variety of pre litigation and human resources matters.    Judge Sturman argued to the Ninth Circuit and the Nevada Supreme Court on a number of occasions, including several civil rights matters on behalf of Clark County.  

Prior to her election, Judge Sturman  had extensive pro temjudicial experience.   She  served for seven years as a court appointed arbitrator, and presided over a number of jury trials as a Judge pro tem in the Short Trial Program.   Judge Sturman was also appointed by the Clark County Commission to serve as a Justice of the Peace pro tem in 2004.   Judge Sturman taught Civil Procedure in the Community College paralegal training program for three years, and lectured at continuing education programs for attorneys and legal assistants on legal ethics, construction defect, and  insurance issues,  in addition to lecturing on municipal liability to building inspectors.  

Judge Sturman has a record of service to the bar and her community.   She  served  on the boards, and was elected President of,  several bar and non profit organizations, including  the  State Bar of Nevada  (President 2002-2003),  Clark County Bar Association (President 1994-1995),  Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (President 1988-1989),  Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Board of Trustees  (President 1996-1998).   Judge Sturman was also a member of the boards of  the Frontier Girl Scout Council Board of Trustees (1991-1994),  Las Vegas Art Museum Board of Directors (1999-2001), National Conference of Bar Presidents, Board (2003-2006 , and Chair Diversity Task Force 2005-2006).

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 26 is currently assigned a Civil Court Docket and Probate
    Motion calendar schedule
    • Department 26 hears Civil Court matters on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., Guardianship is heard every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and Probate is heard every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
    Regular chambers calendar
    • Department 26 does have a regular chambers calendar. Matters regularly placed on the chambers calendar include: Motions to Withdraw; Motions to Amend Pleadings; Petitions for Approval of Minor's Compromise: Motions for Settlement Conference; and various Status Checks that do not require oral argument.
    Discovery Commissioner assigned
    • Commissioner Bonnie Bulla
    Telephonic appearance request
    • Department 26 requires telephonic appearances be made via Court Call. Counsel must notify the Department staff of the request to use Court Call and schedule with Court Call at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled hearing.
    Unopposed motions
    • Department 26 does not grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date. Counsel is required to appear for unopposed motions, but unopposed matters will be called at the start of the calendar.
    Default judgment prove-ups
    • All Default Judgments for a total award of less than $50,000, if based on a written contract, may be submitted to chambers. Personal injury claims require testimony. All Default Judgments for a total award of $50,000 or more must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar. Live testimony is required at the prove-up hearing, but telephonic appearances are permitted if a notary public is present with the witness for the purpose of administering the Oath to the witness.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department 26 requires proposed orders to be submitted to chambers within ten (10) days of notification of the ruling, pursuant to EDCR 7.21. Prevailing Counsel is required to provide a draft to opposing counsel(s), allowing for a reasonable opportunity for review and comment, unless the Court specifically states the Court will draft the Order or assigns a specific attorney to draft the Order. Non-drafting counsel is required to sign the order prior to submission, unless the Court directs opposing counsel's signature is not required. 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.
    Contested Orders
    • In District Court Department XXVI, the judge will sign the one she thinks is best, and we will left side file the other competing/dueling order(s). We required all courtesy copies to be delivered to chambers. If they more than 10 pages, we required the courtesy copies to be tabbed and in a binder, if necessary.
    Electronic Signatures
    • In District Court Department XXVI, we require all original signatures.
    Jury selection
    • Department 26 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.