Procedures and FAQs
The Civil Discovery Office is located in the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue, in Downtown Las Vegas. Hearing Room: 5308 on the 5th Floor. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The Discovery Office is always available to solve problems concerning our area of expertise. Please call (702) 671-4486 if you have any questions.
Discovery Phone Number: 671-4486
Discovery Fax Number: 671-4485
Discovery Commissioner: Bonnie A. Bulla
Discovery Address: 200 Lewis Ave., 5th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89155
Hearing Room: 5308 on the 5th Floor
The Discovery Office:
- Does Not File Anything.
- Does Not accept any pleadings that are faxed (filed or unfiled).
- Does Not call when documents are ready to be picked up, due to the high volume of paperwork received daily.
- Does Not initiate conference calls or call in to conference calls.
Telephone Conferences with the Discovery Commissioner:
- If you want a telephone conference with the Discovery commissioner you can either contact the Discovery office and set up a time and date or you can call the Discovery office with all counsel on the phone.
For a Telephone Conference to Happen:
- All active parties to the case must be represented and ON THE TELEPHONE prior to calling the Discovery office and before the Commissioner will join the Conference call;
- All counsel and/or parties must agree to speak with the Commissioner; and
- The case must be exempt from Arbitration and can not be in the Short trial Program.
Joint Case Conference Reports:
- Counsel should always attempt to file a Joint Case Conference Report even if both sides do not agree on dates. (There are separate sections in the JCCR for the individual parties to enter their desired deadline dates).
- Discovery deadline dates must comply with N.R.C.P. 16.1 and CAN NOT be set on weekends or holidays; and
- Joint Case Conference Reports must be e-filed. Then, a file stamped courtesy copy of the Joint Case Conference Report needs to be delivered to the Discovery office.
- All OST’s take between ½ day to one whole day to process. Firms need to deliver the OST plus copies to the Discovery drop off (on the 5th floor of the Regional Justice Center). Once OST has been reviewed, it will be ready for pick-up at the Discovery pick-up (5th Floor). If the OST has been provided with a calendar date and time it then needs to be e-filed. Our office does not give any calendar dates over the phone. Also, we do not contact the firms when the motion is ready for pick up.
- Motions set in the regular course (Notice of Motion) must be e-filed. Then, Master Calendar will provide the hearing date and time. Your office must provide the Discovery Commissioner’s office with a file stamped courtesy copy (5th Floor).
- If you need to know when something is on calendar, make sure you check Odyssey first.
- If you receive or are served with a blank motion that does not contain a hearing date, time or a file stamp, please contact the attorney or firm who served the motion on you. Receiving an unfiled motion does not constitute proper service.
- The Order Shortening Time must be signed by the attorney stating that the attorney submitted it. (see rule E.D.C.R 7.23)
Report & Recommendations:
- The entire process usually takes about three weeks to a month from the time that the firm delivers the Report & Recommendations to the Discovery office.
- Submit original and 1 copy for each party.
- Once the Discovery Commissioner signs the Report & Recommendations, we then serve all parties with a courtesy copy of the signed Report & Recommendations.
- When you receive an unfiled copy of the Report and Recommendations, signed by the Discovery Commissioner, DO NOT forward this to the judge. This is your courtesy copy letting you know that the time to object has commenced.
- All parties have eight full judicial days to object to the Report & Recommendations from the date of service (see notice page on Report & Recommendations). Any objections to the Report & Recommendations must be e-filed, and then a file stamped courtesy copy must be delivered to the Discovery office. When the objection time expires, Discovery will forward the original Report & Recommendations and any timely objections to the judge. Once the judge signs the Report & Recommendations, or sets objection for hearing, the Department will return it to the submitting party for filing. The submitting firm is responsible for filing the signed Report & Recommendations and must serve all active parties with a file stamped courtesy copy.
- Any request to continue discovery deadline dates must comply with E.D.C.R. 2.35.
- If all parties agree, all active parties must submit a Stipulation & Order which complies with E.D.C.R. 2.35
- If all parties are unable to agree, an E.D.C.R. 2.35 motion must be submitted. Motion must also contain an E.D.C.R. 2.34 Affidavit.
- Please provide all necessary courtesy copies to the Discovery Commissioner’s drop off (5th Floor). *Remember all courtesy copies must first be filed.
- A courtesy copy must be provided for anything on the Discovery Commissioner’s calendar.
- Needed courtesy copies are:
- Case Conference Reports
- Objections to Discovery Commissioner’s Report and Recommendations
- The Discovery Commissioner’s Calendar/minutes are posted on Odyssey;
- Discovery does provide a court reporter. If one is needed they must be retained by counsel or party.
- The Discovery office is unable to give any legal advice pursuant to N.R.S. 7.285. Discovery can only answer procedural questions.