North Las Vegas Justice Court is located at 2428 N Martin L King Blvd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032. The phone number is (702) 455-7801. And the public can email the court at [email protected]. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
In this article our Nevada criminal defense attorneys answer these frequently-asked-questions:
- 1. What does North Las Vegas Justice Court do?
- 2. Where can I find my case information online?
- 3. Can I pay my fines online?
- 4. Can I do community service instead of paying fines?
- 5. What is the penalty if I miss court?
- 6. Is the parking free?
- 7. What if I do not live in Nevada?
- 8. Will I get a public defender?
- 9. Can I bring firearms to court?
- 10. Can I get a translator?
- 11. What else should I know about NLVJC?
- 12. Can I seal my records?
- 13. Has COVID-19 changed court procedures?
North Las Vegas Justice Court (NLVJC) handles these civil and criminal matters:
- Misdemeanor cases – which comprises traffic tickets – in unincorporated North Las Vegas (North Las Vegas Municipal Court handles misdemeanors cases inside the incorporated city boundaries)
- Felonies and gross misdemeanors throughout in North Las Vegas – though any charges that do not get dismissed or lessened to misdemeanors will be “bound over” to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
- Restraining orders – but note that people must apply for domestic violence temporary protective orders (TPOs) at Family Court
- Landlord/tenant disputes and evictions
- Small claims cases (up to $10,000)
- Civil matters (up to $15,000)
NLVJC also offers certain specialty treatment programs for qualified offenders. Successful completion may result in the charges getting dropped or reduced to lesser offenses. Some of these programs are:
For NLVJC criminal, traffic, or civil case information, click here.
Currently, NLVJC accepts online payment for traffic citations here.
NLVJC accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Judges usually permit people to do public service in lieu of fines, but defendants need to ask for the judge’s permission first. People can work off $10 by serving one hour.
Defendants in criminal cases who then fail to appear (NRS 199.335) when required will probably get a bench warrant. Once that happens, the best thing defendants can do is hire a lawyer to file a motion to quash the warrant.
In most cases, the attorney can then appear at the bench warrant hearing without the defendant having to be there. And unless there are extenuating circumstances, the judge will usually grant the attorney’s request to recall the warrant.
While the warrant is outstanding, defendants must be careful to drive safely and do nothing to attract police attention. If police run a person’s name and see a warrant, they will arrest him/her right away.
Defendants facing civil matters who fail to appear may get a default judgment taken out against them.
Yes. There is plenty of free parking in the courthouse parking lot.
The safest bet for out-of-state defendants is to hire a local Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to make all court appearances for them. As long as defendants have an attorney, they should never have to personally appear. Exceptions are if the case goes to preliminary hearing or trial.
Defendants in NLVJC criminal cases will be appointed public defenders from the Clark County Public Defenders Office if they cannot afford to pay for private counsel. But hiring a private attorney may greatly increase defendants’ chances of getting their charges reduced or dismissed. So defendants are advised to retain their own lawyer if at all possible. Many will work for reduced rates and agree to payment plans.
Never. They will be confiscated at the security checkpoint, where everyone must go through a metal detector.
Yes, but call the District Court Interpreter’s Office ahead of time at (702) 455-4279. Judges also allow non-English-speakers to bring their own interpreters into the courtroom.
People must leave their cell phones in their cars. Otherwise, the bailiff will hold onto them during the judicial proceeding.
There is a dress code. No tank or halter tops. No offensive t-shirts or shorts above the knee. No bare feet. And take hats off before entering the courtroom.
No eating, drinking, or chewing gum is allowed in the courtroom.
Any criminal case which resolves in NLVJC will be sealable eventually. And most cases that get transferred to District Court are sealable eventually as well.
Criminal charges that get dismissed can get sealed immediately. But convictions must remain on the defendant’s criminal record for a minimum amount of time.
|Conviction in Nevada|| |
Waiting period for a record seal
(after the case closes)
|Misdemeanors (with some exceptions – see below)||1 year|
|Gross misdemeanors, category E felonies, and misdemeanor battery, harassment, stalking, or violation of a protection order||2 years|
|Category D felonies, category C felonies, or category B felonies (with some exceptions – see below)||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, and felony DUI.||Never|
The record seal process is not easy, and it takes a while. People should consider hiring a private attorney to do it for them.
NLVJC operations are largely back to normal. But people may contact the clerk at (702) 455-7801 to ask to conduct hearings telephonically.
- North Las Vegas Justice Court official website
- Clark County record sealing information
- NLVJC fee schedule
- Clark County Code
- Clark County District Attorney