Department N

Mathew Harter

Office - (702) 455-1330

Fax - (702) 455-1888

Law Clerk - (702) 455-1332

Email -

Location - FAMILY Courtroom 24

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

Hon. Mathew P. Harter
Eighth Judicial District Court – Family Division
Department N

Elected in 2008; Re-Elected in 2014

The Honorable Mathew P. Harter is a proud native Nevadan.  He was born in Reno, NV but has resided in Las Vegas since pre-kindergarten, only to leave and return for higher education purposes.  He is married, has eight children, and one grandchild.  Judge Harter obtained his juris doctorate and graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  He currently presides over family law cases.  He has taught several Continuing Legal Education courses and published numerous articles.  Judge Harter is a family man and deeply cares for the community he serves.  

Any inquiries, comments, or requests for credentials can be directed to his Judicial Executive Assistant, Mark Fernandez.

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
    • Department N holds adoption hearings in the courtroom, rather than in chambers.
    Telephonic Appearances
    • Parties may only appear telephonically pursuant to Eighth Judicial District Court Rules (EDCR) and Supreme Court Rules (SCR).
    • Parties should call Department N's Judicial Executive Assistant to confirm the arrangements.
    Unopposed Motions
    • Department N occasionally grants unopposed Motions in advance of the hearing date, pursuant to EDCR 2.23(c), EDCR 5.11(e), and EDCR 2.20(e).
    • Orders for unopposed Motions to Withdraw and Motions to Continue can be sent directly to Department N. Orders for unopposed Motions to Modify Child Support may be granted prior to the hearing. Decrees may be sent directly to Department N once a Default has been filed into the case.
    Joint Preliminary Injunctions (JPI)
    • Department N does not require a JPI to enforce a Court order.
    • EDCR requires the Clerk of the Court to automatically issue a JPI in divorce matters.
    Prove-up Hearings
    • Department N does not require a hearing to change an adult's name unless there was a felony conviction.
    • Department N does not generally require a hearing to change a juvenile's name.
    • Department N occassionally requires a prove-up hearing for a final custody Order. The Department does not generally require a prove-up hearing wherein a Default was enetered into the case and the other party was personally served.
    • Department N does not require a prove-up hearing to grant a divorce wherein there are not any minor children within the case and a Default has been entered into the case. The parties may submit the Decree directly to the Department.
    Submission of Orders
    • Department N generally requires prevailing counsel to submit a drafted Order to opposing counsel for review.
      • Department N typically allots opposing counsel five (5) days to review, respond, and return the Order.
    • Parties may submit competing Orders to Department N if they are unable to resolve any disputes.
    Contested Orders
    • Department N will review and approve the Order which most accurately reflects the proceedings.
    • Department N will not schedule a telephonic conference for the parties to litigate the proposed competing Orders.
    Electronic Signature
    • Department N does not accept electronic signatures on Stipulations and Orders, Decrees, or Orders from hearings.
    Stacking Trials
    • Department N does not stack trial dates.