Guardianship Meeting

Jul 17

Judge Steele, who has taken over guardianship is having a guardianship bench bar meeting this Monday. The purpose of the meeting is for the judge and attorneys interested in guardianship to get together and discuss procedure, laws, etc. I find these bench bar meetings very useful as I can ask general questions and so can others. It is also a way to meet others who handle guardianship cases in a different setting.

Objecting to orders in Child Support Court

Jun 15

The Nevada Supreme Court recently issued an Unpublished Order that dealt with Reports and Recommendations issued by Hearing Masters.

Hearing masters are individuals assigned by district court judges to hear matters in specialty courts such as child support, guardianship, domestic violence, abuse and neglect and mental health courts, to name a few. Their role is governed by Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure 53. At the end of the hearing they issue what is called a Report and Recommendation. In Child Support Court this is called an MROJ. Under NRCP 53(e)(2) a party has ten days after being served with the Report and Recommendation to file an objection.  If no objection is filed the Report and Recommendation becomes an order of the court. A party does not have to have a reason to file the objection. Once an objection is filed, a hearing is held by the judge assigned to the case. The judge can affirm the Report and Recommendation, make his or her own order or send the matter back to the hearing master to rehear the case.

As with any matter in the legal system, time deadlines must be met. If an objection is not timely filed the the report and recommendation becomes an order.