Department I

Sunny Bailey

Office - (702) 455-1887

Fax - (702) 384-5129

Law Clerk - (702) 455-1889

Email -

Location - FAMILY Courtroom 06

Family Court House
601 North Pecos RD, Las Vegas, NV. 89155

Prior to her election to department I, Soonhee “Sunny” Bailey served as a delinquency court hearing master where she started the Detention Alternative for Autistic Youth (D.A.A.Y. Court), a diversion court aimed to address the issues of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also served the Department of Business and Industry as the acting labor commissioner for the Office of the Labor Commissioner and as a hearing officer for the Nevada Taxicab Authority; the city of Las Vegas Municipal Court as an alternate judge; the Las Vegas Justice Court as a judge pro tempore; the Clark County Public Defender’s Office as a deputy public defender and worked in private practice at the Olson, Cannon, Gormley, Angulo and Stoberski law firm. She is also the co-author of the Courtroom Handbook on Nevada Evidence, which is currently in its 14th year of publication She received her undergraduate degree from University of Washington and  her juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. 

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.

    Chamber Calendar
    • Adoptions in chambers – No
    Telephonic Appearances
    • Pursuant to EDCR and prior notice to the court, appearances may be made telephonically for calendar matters. Call chambers to confirm the arrangements to be made with each separate department.
    Unopposed Motions
    • Department grants unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date: No
    • Department permits Zoom Orders: Sometimes
    • Unopposed motions to withdraw can be zoomed; unopposed motions to reduce or increase child support will be granted. Motion to withdraw with no lien.
    Joint Preliminary Injunctions
    • Department requires a JPI to be a Court Order to be enforceable: Yes
    Prove-up Hearings
    • Does your department require a prove-up hearing for:
      1. Name changes for adults? No
      1. Name changes for juveniles? No
      1. Final custody orders? Yes
      2. Summary Divorce? No
    Submission of Orders
    • Does your department require prevailing counsel to submit a draft order to opposing counsel for review? Yes
    • Does your department impose a period of time for opposing counsel to review and return an Order? No
    • Reasonable period of time for opposing counsel to review and return an Order? Generally, 10 business days or submit w/o countersignature.
    • The desired method for resolving disputes regarding proposed orders? Submit Order with explanatory letter for chambers review with courtesy copy to opposing counsel.
    Contested Orders
    • In District Court Department I, the lawyer submits letter to court with courtesy copy to opposing counsel and proposed order. The opposing counsel sends letter and their proposed order. The judge will review and may sign one of the two versions. If neither version suffices, a hearing is set to go over the language of the proposed orders.
    Electronic Signatures
    • In District Court Department I, stipulations and orders to continue, notice of intent to appear by communication equipment appearance or notice to appear by phone, certificates of mailing, certificates of service, list is not all inclusive, other documents other than decrees of divorce or decrees of custody may be accepted.
    Telephonic Conferences
    • Is your department available for telephonic conferences with counsel? Sometimes
    • What are some of the circumstances in which your department will engage in a telephonic conference? 
      Minor discovery issue
      Emergencies regarding the children (medical, educational) 
      Attorney emergencies (health, conflicting trials, etc.)
    Stacking Trails
    • Does department stack trials? Yes