Department Q

Bryce C. Duckworth

Office - (702) 455-1345

Fax - (702) 455-1946

Law Clerk - (702) 455-1346

Email -

Location - FAMILY Courtroom 21

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

Bryce C. Duckworth


Bryce Duckworth was born on April 10, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bryce attended the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah. While at the S.J. Quinney School of Law, he was honored as a William H. Leary Scholar. He also served as a member of the Utah Law Review. Bryce received his Juris Doctor in 1991.

After completing law school, Bryce relocated with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada. Bryce received his license to practice law in the State of Nevada (as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada) in 1991. At the same time, he joined the law firm of Dickerson, Dickerson, Lieberman & Consul (later known as Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker), practicing primarily in the area of family law. He worked as an associate attorney and later became a shareholder at Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker. In 2004, Bryce joined the law firm of Smith, Larsen & Wixom, where he managed their family law department.

Bryce is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada, and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. He served as the Chair of the Family Law Executive Council for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada from March 2007 until March 2009. He continues to serve as a member of the Family Law Executive Council. Bryce also serves as a member of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada and the Certified Court Interpreters Advisory Committee.

In 1996, Bryce authored the article: “’Til Disability Do Us Part: The Community/Separate Property Nature of Disability Benefits,” which appeared in the February 1996 edition of the Nevada Lawyer. He also co-authored the article: “Nevada Developments in Valuing Pension Benefits Upon Divorce,” which appeared in the July 1996 edition of the Nevada Lawyer. Additionally, in 2005, Bryce was recognized by his peers as an “AV” rated attorney. In 2008, Bryce was elected to serve as a District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada.

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.
    • Follow the statute and case law regarding telephonic appearances at trial and evidentiary hearings.
    Unopposed Motions
    • Department grants unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date: Sometimes
    • Department permits Zoom Orders:Sometimes
    • Unopposed motions to withdraw can be zoomed; unopposed motions to reduce or increase child support will be granted. Unopposed motions for withdrawal, unopposed motions to continue, and matters on default.
    Joint Preliminary Injunctions
    • Department requires a JPI to be a Court Order to be enforceable: No
    Prove-up Hearings
    • Does your department require a prove-up hearing for:
      1. Name changes for adults?
      1. Name changes for juveniles?
      1. Final custody orders?
      2. Summary Divorce?
    Submission of Orders
    • Does your department require prevailing counsel to submit a draft order to opposing counsel to review and return an Order? Yes
    • Does your department impose a period of time for opposing counsel to review and return an Order?
    • 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
    • District Court Department P, when counsel cannot agree on the language of an Order, they are each to submit a proposed order with a letter indicating the problem.  The proposed Orders and letters will be reviewed by the Court Clerk with the videotape record.
    Electronic Signatures
    • District Court Department Q accepts facsimile and/or electronic signatures on all documents except Decrees or final Orders, which must be all original signatures.
    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)
    Stacking Trails
    • Does department stack trials? No