The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court In Las Vegas Receives Prestigious Star Award For High Performance
Court Recognized For Creativity, Innovation, High Performance, Positive Contributions To The Judiciary And Sound Leadership

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas received the prestigious Star Award for high performance from the executive board of the Nevada Association of Court Executives (NACE). The criteria for selection include: creativity, innovation, high performance, positive contributions to the judiciary and sound leadership.

The court’s leadership was praised by NACE citing: “strong and sound judicial leadership” “serving as an exemplary model of the separate, co-equal and competent judicial branch of government by demonstrating both independence and public accountability.” The court was also commended for innovation with the specialty courts that result in reduced criminal recidivism and improved quality of life and public health and safety.

The District Court’s fiscal responsibility was praised for “achieving five consecutive years within target budgets in unusually austere economic times.”

Important technological innovations were acclaimed in the award including: “mandatory electronic filing/paperless court, state-of-the–art case management and social media-based applications, all of which increase access to justice, expedition of timeliness, public trust and confidence.” In January, District Court released Courtfinder, a free smart-phone app that puts the daily dockets in the palm of users’ hands. It is the first smart-phone app of its kind in the nation.

“On behalf of the judges at the Eighth Judicial District Court, I am truly honored to accept this very prestigious award,” said District Court Chief Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “This award is a credit to the outstanding work that our judges do everyday, and to their unwavering commitment to ensure that justice is served in a timely and impartial manner. It is also a credit to the hard work and dedication of all of our court employees.”

The adaptation of the justice center, parking, equipment configuration for construction of new courtrooms and judicial department facilities was another significant accomplishment cited in the award. After years of careful strategic planning, streamlining processes, and maximizing space and efficiency, eight new courtrooms officially opened in January and have done much to improve access. To make way for the new courtrooms, more than 30 million pages of legal documents were scanned and converted to electronic files. The courtrooms and related offices now occupy space that was formerly used to store files.