Department 12 - Honorable Frances Doherty


Judge Frances M. Doherty currently presides in Department 12 - Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County, Nevada. She oversees civil family court cases including dissolution of marriage, custody, adoption and guardianship matters. She was elected in November 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Judge Doherty previously served as a Family Division Master in the Second Judicial District Court for a period of five years.

Judge Doherty has spoken and trained nationally and in Nevada on issues affecting children and families in our court system and has received recognition for her work in a variety of venues. Prior to joining the Court, Judge Doherty worked as a legal services attorney with Washoe Legal Services and in Illinois with Prairie State Legal Services. Judge Doherty also served as a Nevada Deputy Attorney General for the Nevada Commission on Ethics; the Consumer Protection Division and the Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force. Judge Doherty currently lives with her spouse and two children in Reno, Nevada.