Department 5 - Honorable Cynthia Lu


  Judge Cynthia Lu currently presides in Department 5 of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Lu oversees family court cases, which has included dissolution of marriage, custody/visitation, abuse/neglect, termination of parental rights, adoptions, Family Treatment Court, and civil commitments. Judge Lu was honored to be elected to the bench in 2014. Previously, Judge Lu served as a Family Division Court Master in the Second Judicial District Court.

  Judge Lu has spoken and trained nationally and in Nevada on issues affecting children and families in the court system, including Specialty Courts. She is honored to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court's Committee to Study Child Custody Reform and Specialty Court Funding Committee, as well as the Nevada Children's Commission and the Child Welfare Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

  Judge Lu is pleased to have initiated the Assisted Outpatient Program (AOT) in Washoe County through a partnership with Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services and a generous grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The AOT program is designed to provide comprehensive community-based outpatient treatment to adults with persistent and serious mental illness with court oversight. The program has greatly decreased the utilization of mental health hospitalizations, medical hospital visits, and incarceration for the participants. The participants are able to lead safer, more stable, and healthier lives in the community.

  Judge Lu also had the pleasure of inaugurating the first Safe Babies Court program in the State of Nevada involving partnerships with the Washoe County Human Services Agency and Zero to Three organization. The program focuses on the well-being and developmental milestones of children, ages 0 to 3, in the foster care system to work with parents and their children in improving lifelong outcomes and minimizing Adverse Childhood Experiences.