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July 18th, 2018 - The SJDC and Reno Rodeo Foundation introduce new Reading Rooms in the Family Division.

Feb. 26th, 2018 - Thank you to Washoe County for capturing the unique history of the SJDC courthouse in the attached video.

Jan. 30th, 2018 - An Interview With Judge Simons.

Jan. 30th, 2018 - Second Judicial District Court Master, Lance White, discusses domestic violence on Nevada Newsmakers with Sam Shad.

Dec. 28th, 2017 - Nevada Pretrial Release Program Receives Favorable Reviews

Dec. 21st, 2017 - Sandoval Appoints Egan Walker To Second Judicial District Court Vacancy

Patrick Flanagan

Oct. 9th, 2017 - Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Patrick Flanagan passed away in Reno on October 6, 2017.

In 2006, Judge Patrick Flanagan was elected to serve as the Second Judicial District Court Judge in Department 7. He was reelected in 2014. During his term, the Second Judicial District Court judges unanimously elected Judge Flanagan to serve as Chief Judge on January 11, 2016.

Chief Judge Flanagan was a compassionate and dedicated leader in the Court, the attorney bar, and in the community. He served as the president of the State Bar of Nevada, the Washoe County Bar Association, and the Nevada Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In addition to his administrative duties as Chief Judge, Judge Flanagan sought to improve pro bono efforts, supported specialty court programs, and focused on providing access to justice for those in need of legal assistance. He also had a passion for inspiring and educating our youth. He regularly spoke to students, opened his courtroom to observation and engaged students in public outreach initiatives, including the Court's first annual student Flag Day poem contest.

Chief Judge Flanagan also had a passion for the legal system and its role in our community. Under his leadership, the Court welcomed the community to participate in a variety of court events and trainings.

"In addition to his judicial wisdom, Chief Judge Flanagan will be remembered for his extraordinary kindness, wit, grace, respect, generosity, and compassion. The loss of his strength and courage as a leader and friend will be felt for a very long time" stated Judge Connie Steinheimer, the longest serving judge at the Court.

Prior to joining the District Court in 2006, Chief Judge Flanagan was a partner at Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard, served as an assistant federal public defender for the District of Nevada, and worked in the appellate division of the Washoe County Public Defender's Office as a chief appellate deputy. He received and maintained the highest ratings in the bi-annual judicial surveys during his tenure on the bench.

Chief Judge Flanagan graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in education, and from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where he earned his juris doctorate.

The Supreme Court of Nevada Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry stated: "My most sincere condolences to the family of my friend and colleague Chief Judge Patrick Flanagan. I am extremely sorry that we have lost one of the finest jurists in the history of our state. I will miss his friendship and leadership provided during his long-time service as a lawyer and a judge. May God comfort his family in this time of sorrow and may Patrick rest in peace."

Chief Judge Flanagan is survived by his wife, Caroline, their two children, Erin and Shawn Flanagan, their daughter-in-law, Marianne Flanagan, and one grandchild, William Flanagan.

The wake will be held Wednesday, October 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Resort. The funeral will be held Thursday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church. A reception will immediately follow at the El Dorado Resort.

Sep. 12th, 2017 - Constitution Day 2017

The Second Judicial District Court recognizes Constitution Day on Friday, September 15th at 12:00 p.m. Celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution while honoring citizens in our Community. Click here to see the media release.

July 25th, 2017 - Elko Daily Free Press:

June 13th, 2017

June 12th - 16th, 2017 - A WEEK CELEBRATING FLAG DAY AT THE COURTHOUSE

Mar. 30th, 2017 - ATTENTION - FILING OFFICE RULE AMENDMENT

On March 24, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court signed the Order Amending Rule 10 of the Local Rules of Practice for the Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada (WDCR 10). Rule 10 of the Local Rules outlines the proper format of pleadings presented to the District Court for filing. As stated in the Order, the revisions reflect statutory and rule changes, supports the transition to mandatory electronic filing, and promotes access to justice by simplifying requirements for document filing. These revisions will become effective on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Click on the below link to view the revised Local Rule 10.

Mar. 29th, 2017 - Celebrate Law Day

Ask-A-Lawyer May 01, 2017

Mar. 22nd, 2017 - Your Calm After the Storm

Ask-A-Lawyer for Northern Nevada Flood Victims

Nov. 30th, 2016 - The Second Judicial District's Specialty Court Programs

Oct. 31st, 2016 - The Second Judicial District Court offers improved services in Domestic Violence Cases

Aug. 19th, 2016 - The Second Judicial District Court's new Youth Offender Drug Court

Aug. 11th, 2016 - CASA volunteers make a difference

July 15th, 2016 - Veterans Court: Compassion plus discipline equals success

Mar. 28, 2016 - District Court adopts a Language Access Plan to help ensure meaningful access for all individuals utilizing the Court's services.

Mar. 28, 2016 - The Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and the Washoe County Law Library are pleased to announce a joint Lawyer in the Library event to be held April 13, 2016.

Mar. 11, 2016 - Mandatory Electronic Filing Expands at the Second Judicial District Court

Feb. 11, 2016 - 'Kids Are Renewable Resources'

Feb. 9, 2016 - A look at juveniles and life sentences

Feb. 5, 2016 - Second Judicial District Court warns residents about ongoing phone scams involving jury service

Feb. 5, 2016 - Sheriff's Office sees surge in phone scams impersonating Sheriff's Deputies

Jan. 27, 2016 - Washoe County BCC Meeting Press Release for meeting held on January 26, 2016

Jan. 11, 2016 - Judge Patrick Flanagan unanimously elected Chief Judge for the Second Judicial District Court.

Chief Judge Flanagan promises to focus on providing access to justice for those in need of legal help.

The Second Judicial District Court is proud to announce that District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan was unanimously elected Chief Judge for the Second Judicial District Court.

He is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and California Western School of Law. He is the past president of the State Bar of Nevada, the Washoe County Bar Association and the Nevada Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Prior to his election in 2006, Chief Judge Flanagan was a partner at Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard and served as an assistant federal public defender for the District of Nevada. He has appeared in every level of state and federal court from Municipal Court to the United States Supreme Court. Chief Judge Flanagan also has received and maintained among the highest ratings in the bi-annual judicial surveys during his tenure on the bench.

In addition to his administrative duties, Chief Judge Flanagan will focus his efforts on improving the District Court's pro bono efforts, supporting the specialty court programs, and providing access to justice for those in need of legal assistance.

The Second Judicial District Court was established in 1910. District courts are courts of general jurisdiction where civil, criminal, family and juvenile cases are decided. The Chief Judge presides over a court with 14 other district court judges, in addition to commissioners, court masters and the Washoe County Law Library/Self-Help Center, as well as a staff of 160 full-time clerks, officers and support personnel.