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Eighth Judicial District Court Specialty Court Programs

The Eighth Judicial District Court operates nine Specialty Court programs, targeting non-violent offenders with substance abuse or mental health issues. The EJDC Adult Drug Court, established in 1992, was one of the first Drug Courts in the nation. Since that time, Specialty Courts have expanded to include the Felony DUI Court, Mental Health Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Veteran's Court, Family Dependency Court, Dependency Mother's Drug Court, Child Support Treatment Court and OPEN Court.

Treatment Court Model

Specialty Courts are based on a treatment court model, providing treatment to offenders, reducing drug-related crimes, and providing programming for participants to gain life skills and educational advancement. All Specialty Court programs require participants to engage in individual and group substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling (based on individual needs), random drug/alcohol testing, probation supervision, collaborative case management and regular court status checks.

Cost Savings

Specialty Court programs result in significant cost savings to the State of Nevada and Clark County by reducing public costs associated with monitoring, detaining and prosecuting criminal activity by state and county law enforcement and prosecution agencies. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) reports that for every $1.00 invested in Specialty Courts, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone. When considering other costs associated with participants' involvement in the criminal justice system, it is estimated that Specialty Courts save taxpayers $27.00 for every $1.00 invested by reducing victimization and healthcare service utilization.

NADCP findings indicate that Specialty Courts reduce crime 45% more than other sentencing options. Participants in Specialty Court programs are six times more likely to complete substance abuse treatment than those not involved in a judicial program. Without judicial oversight, 70% of substance-abusing offenders drop out of treatment.


While each Specialty Court program establishes independent criteria for admission, the primary eligibility factors for an individual to participant in the Specialty Courts are (1) an identified alcohol substance abuse disorder or SMI (serious mental illness) and (2) no history of violent offenses or drug trafficking.

Application Process

To learn more about each Specialty Court program, contact the Specialty Court Manager, Margaret Pickard, Esq. at 702-671-4505 or To apply for a Specialty Court program, please complete the Specialty Court Application available at: and submit to

Other Specialty Courts

Business Court

The business court hears cases such as lawsuits involving copyright infringement, contracts, business ownership disputes, or cases filed by stockholders against public companies.  The goal of the court is to speed up the court process and help businesses obtain immediate action in the courts. Two judges serve the Business Court.

Complex Litigation Center

The Complex Litigation Center, the largest Clark County courtroom with 8,000 square feet of space, was designed specifically to handle large and complex civil litigation.  It can accommodate as many as 40 attorneys at once and is used primarily for construction defect litigation and other complex civil cases.





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