The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada continues to closely monitor the national, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and will be following guidance provided by the Administrative Office of the United States
Courts (AO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health officials. We will continue to post updates to general court operations to this website.
Access to the Clerk’s Office and Modifications Re Court Operations
(1) The intake window in the Clerk’s Office will reopen effective April 12, 2021. The intake window will be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on business days. Social distancing in the intake area will be required for the protection of employees as well as the public.
(2) Filings will be processed via CM/ECF, mail, email, or delivery at the intake window or in designated drop boxes in the lobbies of each courthouse. Documents that cannot be filed electronically via CM/ECF may continue to be submitted by email, at the Clerk’s Office, or by leaving in the drop box. In addition, pro se parties may consent to receive electronic notices by email. Additional information can be found on the Court’s website under Self Help.
(3) Requirements for submitting paper copies for chambers pursuant to LR IC 2-2(g) will continue to be suspended pursuant to Second Amended GO 2020-04; however, each presiding judge may direct a party to submit a courtesy copy directly to their chambers.
(4) Payments by check or money order will be accepted by mail or in the courthouse drop boxes during the hours noted above. Cash payments will only be accepted at the intake window in the Clerk’s Office.
(5) The Court plans to incrementally resume in-person court appearances as appropriate based on recommended health guidelines. Members of the public may call in to listen to a scheduled hearing.
See Second Amended GO 2020-04 for additional information.
Authorization for Video and Telephone Conferencing Under CARES Act
The Court authorizes the use of video conferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for certain criminal proceedings as provided in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act). The public may call in to listen to hearings when hearings are conducted by video conferencing or teleconferencing. See General Order 2020-05 and General Order Extending 2020-05 for additional information.
The Court has resumed jury trials, with health and safety precautions in place. See Fourth Amended General Order 2020-03 for additional information.
Non-Case Related Events and Criminal Matters
All non-case related events scheduled to be held in the District’s courthouses, including the Inn of Court and Project Real, are postponed pending further order of the Court; As to criminal matters, the time period of continuances be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. See Amended General Order 2020-03 for additional information.
TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS REGARDING ENTRANCE TO THE COURTHOUSE:
Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19? Do you reside with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days? Have you been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency because of COVID-19? Do you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath? If you answered YES to ANY of the above questions, please DO NOT enter the courthouse. Please see General Order 2020-02 for additional information.
Given the size of the in-court naturalization ceremonies, the court is concerned about effective implementation of social distancing measure to ensure protection of all involved. For this reason, the court has been conducting all naturalization ceremonies remotely via video conferencing. The court will continue this practice while also evaluating the options to hold in person naturalization ceremonies.
Notice Regarding Public Access Terminals Located in the Clerk’s Office
The public terminals located inside the intake areas at the Las Vegas and Reno courthouses are currently not available for records searches. Court records are available via PACER which provide electronic public access to court records. Additional information is available at https://pacer.uscourts.gov. If you have additional questions about accessing court records please call 702-464-5400 for the Clerk’s Office in Las Vegas and 775-686-5800 for the Clerk’s Office in Reno.
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