Nevada courts are rolling out a new evidence-based tool to aid Judges in making pre-trial release decisions. Training sessions for attorneys have been set up to demonstrate how the tool will be utilized and to address questions on Thursday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., and again on Friday, August 19 at 9 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers. A training session for Judges will be held on Friday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. also in the County Commission Chambers.

A Supreme Court Commission led by Justice Hardesty, has been working to establish the use of the evidence-based tool to facilitate pre-trial detention or bail decisions in Nevada courts. The commission is made up of Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and other Nevada criminal justice professionals and has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

The pre-trial tool will be implemented as a pilot-project in certain Clark County courts, as well as in Washoe county and some rural jurisdiction courts.  The sessions are open to all attorneys and Judges working in Clark County’s Municipal, Justice and District Courts and everyone is encouraged to attend.