Ronald J. Israel
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 Doctrate 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 current 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. He was later chosen in the original 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 and California Bar Association.
Judge Israel is a caring community member. He has been active in organizations including Boy Scouts of America, the FBI Citizens Academy, Adelson High School PTO, Clark County Pro Bono Project, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, World Jewish Congress, Nevada Public Radio and PBS, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League, Las Vegas Region.
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.
- Department 28 is currently assigned a Civil Court docket which includes all summary eviction and TPO appeals.
Motion calendar schedule
- Department 28 hears Civil Court matters on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and has a Chambers Calendar on Wednesdays.
Regular chambers calendar
- Department 28 does have a Chambers calendar on Wednesdays. Matters regularly placed on the Chambers calendar include: Motions for Clarification; Motions for Enlargement of Time to Serve; Motions for Rehearing/Reconsideration; Motions to Amend; Motions to Associate Counsel; Motions to Confirm Arbitration Award; Motions to Withdraw as Counsel; Motions For Attorney´s Fees; Motions to Retax
Telephonic appearance request
- Department 28 utilizes CourtCall for telephonic appearances. Please contact CourtCall for approved appearances and to schedule. They can be reached toll-free at 1-888-882-6878 and/or on-line at www.courtcall.com no later than the third court day preceding your hearing date. Please note, all witnesses appearing telephonically must have counsel present in court and have the appropriate, court-approved notary and/or official present on their end to swear them in.
Default judgment prove-ups
- A default judgment hearing is required if special circumstances exist and/or the amount is $50,000.00 or higher. Should a hearing be required, counsel are to schedule it through Master Calendar and notice the appropriate parties. Live testimony will be required unless a telephonic appearance has been pre-approved by the Department. Further, all witnesses appearing telephonically must have the appropriate, court-approved notary and/or official present on their end to swear them in.
- In Department 28, for contested orders, Judge Israel prefers both counsel to submit their ideal order along with cover letters advising the Court in regards to what is in dispute and why they cannot agree on the language.Â
- In Department 28, Judge Israel prefers original signatures on all documents, however, he will accept electronic signatures from out-of-state counsel on all documents in the interests of judicial economy and to keep overall costs down for all parties unless there is adequate time to obtain the original signature.Â As to local counsel, once again, Judge Israel prefers original signatures on all documents but, if time does not permit, electronic signatures are acceptable.Â
- 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 defense counsel, then back to Plaintiff’s counsel 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.
- If counsel are pro bono, they are to check in with the courtroom clerk in the moming 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).
- 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.
- Counsel are required to submit physical, paper courtesy copies of all briefs that counsel would like the Court to consider at least five judicial days prior to the scheduled hearing pursuant to EDCR 2.20(g) and 7.26(d). All courtesy copies must be hand delivered to Department 28's Chambers inbox (RJC, 15th Floor), and be single sided with all exhibits tabbed. Email and faxed copies are not accepted. Failure to provide the Court with courtesy copies may result in your motion being denied or continued to a later date to allow counsel to provide copies to the Court.