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TRIAL PREPARATION

DISCLAIMER

The information provided is intended as a courtesy only.  Many family law matters involve complex and valuable legal rights which cannot adequately be protected without the assistance of an attorney.  The information provided is basic, general information that does not fit all situations.  It is the duty of each self-represented individual to know what rules of court and law apply. 

Clark County, the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Self-Help Center, and their employees shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages in connection with the furnishing of this material.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Discovery is a mandatory phase in any court case where each party can use certain methods to obtain information and facts and gather evidence in preparation for trial.

Usually, the first time the parties participate in discovery is during the Early Case Conference.  Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 16.1 requires that the parties hold an Early Case Conference within 30 days after service of the answer. After the parties hold an Early Case Conference they must file a Case Conference Report.  This Report tells the court that the case is ready to go to trial. 

For more information, on Case Conference Reports and how to obtain a trial date please download the Self-Help Center's Informational Brochure.

Once the judge has assigned a trial date to the case, each party must submit a Pre-Trial Memorandum. The Memorandum is a document that summarizes all legal and factual arguments, lists potential witnesses, and identifies remaining issues in the case.

Please note that the parties must settle all custody, visitation, and child support issues prior to trial. These issues are usually settled using mediation services at the Family Mediation Center or at an Evidentiary Hearing. 

Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 16.2 requires the parties in divorce, annulment, and separate maintenance actions to complete, file, and serve the court approved Financial Disclosure Form no later than 45 days after service of the Summons and Complaint.

Using the information provided in the Financial Disclosure Form the court will hold a Case Management Conference with counsel and the parties if the estimated gross value of the marital estate exceeds $500,000.

The purpose of this Conference is for the parties and the judge to confer and to consider the nature and basis of all claims and defenses and the possibilities for a prompt settlement or resolution of the case, to make or arrange for the disclosures required by NRCP 16.2(a), and to develop a discovery plan.

PACKET INSTRUCTIONS

Below are the Self-Help Center's form packets for trial preparation. It is your duty to choose the correct packet.  The Self-Help Center staff is prohibited from instructing customers on which packet to use. 

To choose a packet please read the brief description of each packet.  If you are still unsure of which packet to use, open each packet and read at least the first two pages of the instructions. You may use a packet if all of the statements under the heading "Explanation" apply to your particular situation.  If all of the statements do not apply to your particular situation then that packet is not the correct packet.

All of the packets are in a PDF (Portable Document Format).  In order to view and use the packets you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 or higher.  If you do not, you can download it for free by clicking here.

Please be sure to print all pages because missing pages may render your document unacceptable to the courts.

RULE 16.2 DOCUMENTS

Financial Disclosure Form

Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 16.2

CASE CONFERENCE REPORT PACKETS

Packet 65- Individual Case Conference Report

Packet 66 - Joint Case Conference Report

PRE-TRIAL MEMORANDUM PACKET

Packet 82 - Pre-trial Memorandum

MISCELLANEOUS DISCOVERY TOOLS

Request for Trial Setting

Subpoena - Issued by Clerk

Subpoena - Issued by Attorney

Stipulation and Order to Continue Hearing Date

 

 

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