Nevada Family Law Courts Reopening Update
*Edit – May 15, 2020: Nevada courts will continue with the current operations for at least 30 days after Governor Sisolak’s Road to Recovery Phase 1 (a minimum of 60 days).
Today, I want to give you a little bit of an update on what is happening with the Nevada family law courts and the reopening stages. As of April 27th, the courts are beginning to look at restoring the normal operations of the courthouse. They are doing so in accordance with guidelines set by the governor and will be relying on data obtained from local and state public officials as well as the Center For Disease Control and Prevention.
Nevada courts are looking to open up in phases. As of April 27th we are still within the first phase where courthouse are closed to the public, all cases that are not necessary are being postponed, and most court employees are working remotely.
We believe that beginning in May, whether it’s the first or second week, it has not yet been announced, we will be moving into phase two. **Edit – May 15, 2020: Nevada courts will continue with the current operations for at least 30 days after Governor Sisolak’s Road to Recovery Phase 1 (a minimum of 60 days). The second phase will serve to loosen up the restrictions a bit. It will allow for an increase in court filings and proceedings but will still continue to have the majority of its filings conducted electronically. Most employees will continue to work remotely. People who are not considered vulnerable to COVID-19 will be allowed to return to work in phase two.
Phase three will be where most employees will return to work, but they will still need to maintain social distancing and will be required to wear masks. Courtrooms will be reopening at this phase but will be abiding by the six-foot distancing protocol.
Lastly, phase four will involve returning to as normal as possible. However, we don’t know exactly what that new “normal” will look like.
These are the phases that the court is looking at to begin transitioning back to normal operations once again, however, these phases will be dependent on local circumstances, most notably being the number of daily COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period. These phases may be altered in response to those numbers.
Again, we do expect phase two to begin sometime in the first or second week of May, **Edit – May 15, 2020: Nevada courts will continue with the current operations for at least 30 days after Governor Sisolak’s Road to Recovery Phase 1 (a minimum of 60 days). but as of April 27th, this is the information that we have been told about the impending reopening of the courthouses. We will await further instructions from the governor.
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