Las Vegas Justice Court is in the Regional Justice Center downtown at 200 Lewis Avenue. The main phone number is 702-671-3116. Starting July 25, 2020, operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
In this article our Nevada criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about Justice Court.
- 1. What cases does Las Vegas Justice Court handle?
- 2. Where can I find my case information online?
- 3. Can I pay my fines online?
- 4. Can I do community service if I cannot afford my fines?
- 5. What happens if I miss my court date?
- 6. Where do I post bail?
- 7. Is there free parking?
- 8. Is there a dress code?
- 9. Do I have to go to court if I live out-of-state?
- 10. Can I get an interpreter if I do not speak English?
- 11. Can I bring guns to court?
- 12. Can I get a public defender?
- 13. Can I get my Justice Court records sealed?
- 14. Are there special procedures due to COVID 19?
Las Vegas Justice Court (LVJC) has jurisdiction over the following civil and criminal legal matters:
- Misdemeanors – which includes traffic citations – in unincorporated Las Vegas (Las Vegas Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanors within the incorporated city limits)
- Felonies and gross misdemeanors anywhere in Las Vegas – but if the charges do not get reduced or dismissed to misdemeanors, then the case gets transferred (bound over) to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
- Landlord/tenant disputes (eviction) and squatters
- Small claims cases (up to $10,000)
- Restraining orders – however, domestic violence temporary protection orders (TPOs) are handled in Family Court
LVJC offers various specialty treatment courts for eligible defendants that can result in their criminal charges getting reduced or dismissed. Examples include:
People arrested for crimes that LVJC has jurisdiction over are booked at the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). It is located across from LVJC at 330 S. Casino Center Drive.
For criminal, traffic, or civil case information, go to https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/default.aspx. People may search by the defendant or party’s name, the attorneys’ names, the case number, or the citation number.
Defendants who were ordered to complete a class as part of their sentence can do so at the LVJC’s Online Court Education Website. Examples include:
- DUI School
- First offenders
- AIDS Awareness (John School)
- Anger Management
- Petty Larceny
Yes. Go to https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/default.aspx.
LVJC accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit cards.
Usually, yes. One hour of community service discharges $10 worth of fines. But the judge in the case needs to sign off on it first.
For more information, call 702-671-3283 (for traffic cases) or 702-671-3201 (for criminal cases) or email [email protected].
Defendants in criminal cases who fail to appear (NRS 199.335) at a required hearing will have a bench warrant issued for their arrest. But there is a 30-day grace period if the case is in the traffic division.
Note that when a bench warrant is outstanding, the defendant is susceptible to arrest at any time. So if the defendant gets pulled over for a traffic stop and the officer runs a warrant check, the defendant can be arrested on the spot.
People can check if they have a warrant out of LVJC by calling 702-671-3201. Once a warrant has been issued, the defendant’s attorney can file a motion to quash the warrant asking the judge to schedule a hearing. In most cases, the defendant’s attorney can appear on his/her behalf at this hearing.
For inmates whose cases are in Las Vegas Justice Court, people can post bail at the LJVC pretrial services window at 330 S. Casino Center Drive in the CCDC, right across the street from the Regional Justice Center.
The bail window is open 24/7. But note that people posting bail will need to go through a metal detector and may have their name checked for outstanding warrants.
LVJC accepts the following forms of bail payments:
- Cash in the exact amount (up to $10,000)
- Visa or MasterCard (up to $10,000)
- Cashier’s checks or money orders made payable to Las Vegas Justice Court, and including the inmate’s name and ID number
There is a $40 filing fee for bail payments, and a $50 filing fee for surety bond postings.
People can check bail amounts at the inmate search website or by calling Pretrial Services at 702-671-3285.
No. But there are several metered lots within a few blocks of LVJC. The nearest one is right across the street at 455 South 3rd Street. Drivers can pay by credit card.
People are encouraged to arrive at the Regional Justice Center early. It takes time to find a parking spot and go through security. Plus, people may need to wait in the courtroom for a while before their case is called.
Yes. Dress conservatively: Shorts, tank tops, offensive T-shirts, and bare feet are forbidden. People must remove their hats before entering the courtroom.
Out-of-state defendants in criminal cases are advised to hire a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. In most cases, defense attorneys can appear on defendants’ behalf without them ever having to appear. That way, defendants do not need to lose time or money on traveling back to Las Vegas for a case.
Usually, yes. Call the LVJC court interpreter’s office 702-671-4581 to request a translator on a particular court date. If no one is available, people can bring a disinterested third-party to translate for them.
No. Everyone entering the Regional Justice Center goes through security screening and a metal detector. So leave any and all weapons at home.
LVJC will assign defendants a public defender if they cannot afford to hire their own attorney. However, the Clark County Public Defenders Office is understaffed, and their lawyers cannot give full attention to their cases.
Meanwhile, most private criminal defense attorneys offer payment plans and reduced rates for defendants who need them. Therefore, defendants should consider hiring their own lawyer rather than relying on a public defender. Private counsel have the time and resources to fight for a better resolution for their cases.
Every case that resolves in LVJC can be sealed eventually. Most cases that get bound over to District Court can be sealed also, but not all.
If the case gets dismissed, then it can be sealed right away. But if the case ends in a conviction, there is a waiting period:
|Conviction in Nevada||Waiting period to get a record seal
(after the case closes)
|The majority of misdemeanors||1 year|
|Gross misdemeanors, category E felonies, and misdemeanor battery, harassment, stalking, or violation of a protection order||2 years|
|The majority of category D felonies, category C felonies, or category B felonies||5 years|
|Misdemeanor DUI and battery domestic violence||7 years|
|Category A felonies, burglary of a residence, and felony crimes of violence||10 years|
|Certain sex crimes, crimes against children, invasion of the home with a deadly weapon pursuant to NRS 205.067, and felony DUI.||Never|
It takes several months and a lot of back-and-forth paperwork to complete the record seal process. Everyone is advised to hire a Nevada criminal defense lawyer to manage it.
Yes. The traffic division is closed. For information call 702-671-3444 or email [email protected].
People may be able to reschedule their court appearances by calling:
- Criminal Division at 702-671-3201
- Civil Division at 702-671-3478
- Traffic Division at 702-671-3444
Jury trials have been suspended until further notice.
Read the LVJC’s latest administrative orders.
- Las Vegas Justice Court official website
- LVJC contact phone numbers and emails
- LVJC criminal forms
- Clark County record sealing information
- LVJC bail schedule
- LVJC fee schedule
- Clark County Code
- Clark County District Attorney
- Victims’ Bill of Rights