Department I

Cheryl B. Moss

Office - (702) 455-1887

Fax - (702) 384-5129

Law Clerk - (702) 455-1889

Email -

Location - FAMILY Courtroom 13

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

Cheryl Moss
Department I
Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 2001 - present

Judge Cheryl Moss was elected to the District Court, Family Division in November 2000. She graduated from the George Washington University, Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Judge Moss then attended the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. where she graduated in the top 25% of her class and was a National Team Leader in the law school’s Moot Court Team for the Spong National Competition.

After law school, Cheryl served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable John H. Bayly, Jr., Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She also served as an intern in the United States Attorney’s Office, Misdemeanors Branch, Washington, D.C. Her legal career between 1986 and 2000 included working in law firms in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, as well as her own law office, Cheryl B. Moss, Chartered. Judge Moss was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 1997. In 1999, while in solo private practice, she received the Shining Star Award from the Clark County Pro Bono Project for her representation of low-income clients.

Judge Moss is a member of the Nevada District Judges Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Nevada State Bar, and the Clark County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Judge Moss also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Clark County Library.

Judge Moss is also a member of a Civil Order Enforcement Task Committee working on procedures in helping parents enforce their custodial or visitation rights with the assistance of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and helping and guiding parents to obtaining emergency court hearing dates before a Family Court Judge.

Judge Moss was the first judge to initiate a pilot program on problem gambling assessments for parents in child custody cases. She has extensive knowledge in problem gambling, including working with the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. Her dedication to the Clark County community is exceptional. Judge Moss volunteers her time on Night Court and volunteers several weeks each year for 24-hour Temporary Protection Order fax duty.

Judge Moss also volunteers her time judging in local and statewide competitions such as the UNLV Law School Moot Court Competition, the High School Mock Trial Competition, and the Trial By Peers Program.

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