Department XXVIII

Ronald J. Israel

Office - (702) 671-3631

Fax - (702) 366-1407

Law Clerk - (702) 671-0887

Email -

Location - RJC Courtroom 15C

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

Ronald J. Israel

Department XXVIII
Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 2011 - present

On January 3, 2011, the Honorable Ronald J. Israel took the bench in the newly created Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 28. He practiced law in Las Vegas for over 30 years prior to his judicial election in November of 2010. Judge Israel was admitted to practice law in Nevada in 1983. In 1981, he was admitted to practice law in California after he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego. In 1977, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Judge Israel came to Las Vegas in 1982 to practice insurance defense for Harding & Dawson, specifically to work on the MGM Grand Fire case. Subsequently, he went to work for Manos & Cherry where he practiced civil litigation and had the pleasure to work under former Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael A. Cherry. Judge Israel next became a senior associate for Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, still practicing civil litigation. In 1990, he started his own private practice concentrating on Personal Injury and Workers Compensation. He was later chosen for the first panel to serve as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Clark County Short Trial Program, and as a court-appointed arbitrator.

He is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association, California Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Las Vegas Latino Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, and Nevada Women’s Lobby, among other organizations.

Judge Israel is also a caring community member. He has been active in organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, as an Eagle Scout, the FBI Citizens Academy, Clark County Pro Bono Project, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, World Jewish Congress, Seniors United, Nevada Public Radio and PBS, the American Mock Trial Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League, Las Vegas Region.

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
  • Effective July 2, 2018, Department 28 is assigned a split docket of criminal and civil cases.
Motion Calendar Cchedule
  • Department 28 hears Criminal Court matters on Mondays and Wednesdays. In-custody matters are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and out-of-custody matters are scheduled at 12:30 p.m.
  • Department 28 Civil Court matters are scheduled on the Thursday Chambers Calendars without oral argument. They must be fully briefed and thereafter a decision will be issued via minute order with prevailing counsel being directed to prepare a written Order in accordance with E.D.C.R. 7.21. Matters scheduled for the Hearing Calendar must receive prior approval by the Judicial Executive Assistant and/or the Judicial Law Clerk and will be scheduled for a Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and include Prove Ups, Preliminary Injunctions, TROs, Show Cause Hearings and certain Petitions only. Scheduling for the Hearing Calendar is coordinated through Master Calendar in the Clerk’s Office.
  • Discovery Conferences are conducted on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise scheduled by the Court.
Other regularly scheduled court sessions
  • None
Discovery Commissioner Assigned
  • Commissioner Jay Young.
Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its Official Record
  • Department 28 uses a Court Recorder and all matters are recorded.  Counsel can request a transcript of the proceedings by completing a Transcript Order Form (see above) and faxing it to Chambers at (702)366-1407.  Please also e-mail the Form to the Court Recorder at
Telephonic Appearance Request
  • Department 28 utilizes Blue Jeans Video Conferencing for all audio visual appearances for both Civil and Criminal matters.  There is no cost to the parties.  Please contact Department 28 for the Meeting ID for the applicable hearing. 
Default Judgment Prove-Ups
  • A prove up hearing is required if special circumstances exist, the damages exceed $50,000.00 and/or if the claim involves real property.  Should a prove up be required, counsel are to e-file a request through Master Calendar who will then contact Department 28 for a hearing date.  The matter will then need to be noticed for hearing to include the Blue Jeans audio visual link.  Witnesses will be permitted to appear audio visually; however, they must have a court-approved notary and/or official present on their end to swear them in. 
Submission of Orders
  • Proposed orders must be submitted in PDF format to  Only one order can be attached per e-mail and must also include e-mail correspondence from counsel approving the use of their electronic signature.  The e-mail subject line must contain the case number, filing event code and the name of the document (i.e., “A-20-123456-C, OGM, Order Granting Motion To Withdraw As Counsel”). 
  • Department 28 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. Non-drafting counsel is required to sign the order prior to submission. Disputes may be resolved by submission to Chambers of competing orders, with an explanatory letter.

    If you are submitting an Amended Order, please include a brief cover letter indicating why the amendments are necessary.

Jury Selection
  • Department 28 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. After initial “hardship” questioning by the Court, and any excusals as a result thereof, prospective jurors are seated in the jury box in the order of their badge numbers. Department 28 does not generally impose time limits on voir dire, but notes each case is different and some cases require more extensive voir dire than others. In accordance with EDCR 7.70, counsel shall submit proposed voir dire questions to the Court, in chambers, not later than one (1) judicial day prior to the day trial begins. The Court conducts a thorough general canvas, followed by supplemental questions by the attorneys one time around the panel, in order, first the plaintiff’s counsel, then defense counsel.
  • Challenges for cause must be made outside the presence of the prospective jury. The number of peremptory challenges is determined by statute, specifically NRS 16.040, NRS 175.041, NRS 175.051 and NRS 175.061, and is exercised after 24 prospective jurors in civil cases or 32 prospective jurors in criminal cases are qualified. All plaintiffs share peremptory challenges and all defendants share peremptory challenges. The lawyers take turns exercising peremptory challenges in private by passing back and forth the list of qualified jurors, with plaintiff exercising one, then defendant, then back to plaintiff and so on. Alternates are chosen randomly out of a container at the conclusion of trial and prior to the commencement of deliberations unless the lawyers request otherwise.
  • Department 28 requires all requests for jury questionnaires to be done by motion and must be filed and heard at least six (6) weeks in advance of the trial date. The questionnaire must be submitted to the Court in final form for signature no less than five (5) weeks prior to the commencement of trial. Once signed, the questionnaire is to be immediately delivered to the Jury Commissioner for processing.
Pro Bono
  • If counsel are pro bono, they are to check in with the courtroom clerk in the morning prior to calendar and their case will be called first.
Disclosure of Personal Information
  • NRS 239B.030 prohibits a person from including personal information on any document that is recorded, filed, or otherwise submitted to the Court. "Personal information" means a person's first name or first initial and last name in combination with any of the following: social security number; driver's license number; or account number, credit card number, or debit card number, in combination with any required security code, access code, or password that would permit access to the person's financial account. NRS 603A.040.
  • Should a litigant inadvertently file a document that discloses "personal information," the litigant must file a motion to seal or redact pursuant to the Nevada Rules for Sealing and Redacting Court Records (SRCR). Sealing or redacting is also generally justified when the privacy or safety interests outweigh the public interest in open court records such as when the sealing or redacting includes: "restricted personal information" as defined by SRCR 2(6), medical records, mental health records, tax records, or is permitted or required to be sealed or redacted by federal or state law. See SRCR 3(4).
Minor's Compromises
  • Department 28 requests that medical records only be submitted to Chambers. NRS 41.200(3) does not require that medical records be filed. If medical records are filed, Department 28 requires the Petitioner to file a motion to redact pursuant to Nevada Rules for Sealing and Redacting Court Records (SRCR) 3. If "restricted personal information" as defined by SRCR 2(6) is filed, the Petitioner must file a motion to redact pursuant to SRCR 3 and EDCR 2.13.