Eighth Judicial District Court
Term of Office 2003- Present
Judge Elliott earned her Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law in 1985 after receiving National Moot Court Honors as a finalist in competition for Best Brief and Top Oralist. She passed the Nevada Bar exam in 1986.
She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Nevada, graduating from University of Nevada - Las Vegas in 1998 with a masters of science in counseling. She served as an arbitrator in the District Court since 1995 and as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge since 1999.
As the owner of conflict resolution and counseling service, Judge Elliott provided mediation, arbitration, settlement conferencing, counseling, cooperative parenting after divorce education and counseling services, as well as acting as an expert Child Custody Evaluator for the Family Court.
She has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1985. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was elected to the District Court bench in 2002.
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.
- Pursuant to EDCR and prior notice to the Court, appearances may be made telephonically for some calendar matters; attorneys and parties should contact Dept L Law Clerk at: 702-455-0168 regarding the appropriateness of a telephonic appearance, and may timely fax their requests to: 702-382-4239. No party may appear telephonically for hearings on pending contempt allegations.
- Telephonic appearances at trial and evidentiary hearings are rare, and require a stipulation and Court Order.
- Does your Department grant unopposed Motions in advance of the hearing date? Rarely.
- Does your Department permit Zoom Orders? Yes on timely unopposed Motions to Withdraw without an attendant request for reduction of fees.
- Fee reduction requests will be entertained only where the retainer agreement contains a clear clause granting Family Court exclusive jurisdiction to summarily do so, or where this Court has signed a OSC submitted by counsel, properly served and advising the party who allegedly owes attorneys fees that if they do not appear at the hearing and object to the fee request, absent a written objection, the Court will take non-appearance/non-opposition as consent to jurisdiction relative to the relief requested.
Joint Preliminary Injunctions
- Does your Department require a JPI to be a Court Order to be enforceable? As the Clerk issues the JPI, and the terms on its´ face must be adhered to, contempt/sanctions will not lie unless adopted as the Court´s own Order.
- Does your Department require a prove up hearing for:
- Name Changes for adults? No unless there are issues that would disallow a summary disposition.
- Name Changes for juveniles? Yes unless both parents have consented, or proper service and default issued and no issues that would disallow a summary disposition.
- Final custody Orders? Yes; there is no statutory law allowing summary disposition in a custody case.
- Summary Divorce? No, not where submitted by summary disposition or through a Joint Petition.
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? Yes.
- Reasonable period of time for opposing counsel to review and return an Order? 7-10 days
- The desired method for resolving disputes regarding proposed orders? Submit Order with explanatory letter for chambers review with courtesy copy to opposing counsel.
- District Court Department does not entertain dueling orders. If attorneys submit dueling orders, we discard both orders and prepare the order ourselves. If an attorney refuses to sign an order, the submitting attorney can provide their order without opposing counsel's signature. However, the attorney must provide proof that they sent the order to opposing counsel and gave them seven days to review and sign off on the order. Then if the order matches the minutes it will be signed. If not, the clerk will send back with instructions on what needs to be addressed prior to the judge signing the order.
- District Court Department L does not require an original on orders. Orders can be faxed, emailed, or dropped off to the department but attorneys need to pick one method so we don't receive duplicates. Electronic signatures, are not favored however are accepted where they appear valid.
- Is your Department available for telephonic conferences with counsel? Yes.
- What are some of the circumstances in which your Department will engage in a telephonic conference? Where the Court has had a duly noticed hearing and therein ordered that a conference a telephonic conference will be entertained if there remain “loose ends” attendant to the prior issues. Telephonic conferences are not set where either side is unrepresented by counsel.
- Does your Department stack trials? Yes; rarely are firm trial settings given before the Calendar Call, which is generally held two (2) weeks prior to the date set for trial where a firm date is given.