COVID-19 Response


Due to COVID-19 and Administrative Order 2020-02 and 2020-05, The Second Judicial District Court has remained virtually open. The Second Judicial District Court remains fully staffed to handle court services and conduct business on proceedings, while protecting the health and safety of court patrons and staff. Just like almost every organization, the Court is adjusting and enhancing its procedures and protocols during this pandemic to handle caseloads. If a person has a scheduled hearing for an extension of a protection order, that hearing will be conducted by telephone or video.


At the moment, jury trials are suspended as we cannot guarantee the safety of jurors, witnesses, attorneys, and litigants for an in-person jury trial given the number of people who are in a courtroom. The Court is working with its stakeholders to develop a plan for safely resuming jury trials.
Message from the Chief Judge to Potential Jurors


We continue to work on our plans to reopen and the timing of that. We are looking forward to when we can meet and interact in-person safely. The Court has adopted the standards set forth by the NCJFCJ for reopening to in-person access. Additionally, the Court will follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing, wearing a face covering, and recommended sanitation protocols.

The Second Judicial District Court Remains Virtually Open



Notice

  • If you have questions about a hearing, please contact the department directly.
  • For general questions, please call 775-325-6731 and leave a voicemail. Your call will be returned.
  • Employees are available to answer questions via phone or email, live chat, and to process electronic filings.
  • We are monitoring the situation daily and will update this site with any new information.


Adult Guardianships

If you are filing a petition to establish adult guardianship, please email the Citation to AdultGuardianship@washoecourts.us. Court staff will electronically file the Citation upon confirming a hearing date without the need for manually stamping the document. If you are exempt from electronic filing, please call 775-328-3135 to set a hearing date.

Certified Documents

The District Court is providing electronic certification of court documents. To request a certified copy, you may:

Mail your request to:
2nd Judicial District Court,
75 Court Street, Reno, NV 89501
Or dropping the request in the drop box located in the lobby at:
1 S. Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89501,
Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm

Include the following information with your request:

  • Case number and names of the parties in the case (if known)
  • Title of the documents you are requesting
  • Date the document was filed (or your best estimate)
  • Indicate if you need certified copies (court seal is affixed to the document) or just photocopies and if you would like an electronically certified copy.
  • Your contact info: name, address and telephone number
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please include enough postage to return the documents to you. Many requests will require additional postage.

All photocopies are 50 cents per page. There is an additional $3.00 per document charge for a certified copy. **

** Certified copies of divorce decrees are a flat $6.00 regardless of the number of pages.

Payment must be in the form of a money order, cashier's check or business check made payable to Second Judicial District Court. Personal checks, checks without an exact amount or "Not to Exceed," and cash are not accepted by mail or in the drop box.

Court Hearings

The Second Judicial District Court continues to hold hearings remotely via the Zoom application. Please CLICK HERE for information about how to use Zoom to attend your court hearing.

All public proceedings may be observed via a link posted on the Court’s homepage.

In custody criminal calendars are heard Monday through Thursday mornings; please consult the Court calendar for specific start times. Special settings may occur at other times.

Out of custody criminal calendars are heard in accordance with this schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1:30 pm D8 D4 D9 D6
3:00 pm D15 D10 D7 D1

All other Court proceedings are set in accordance with the Department’s calendar. CLICK HERE to see the Daily Calendar. CLICK HERE to see calendars by Department.

Family Peace Center

The Family Peace Center has temporarily suspended all visitation and exchanges. Please feel free to reach out to Family Services Case Manager, Kendra Materasso at:

775-328-3854
or

Family Services Mediation

If you are court ordered to appear for Mediation to address a custody or visitation issue, please note all mediations will be by phone or video conference beginning March 31, 2020. Questions may be directed to Family Services at 775-328-3298 or email: Mediation@washoecourts.us. If you were assessed mediation fees, you will not be required to pay in advance of your appointment. You may make your payment once the Court resumes normal operations.

775-328-3298
or

Filing Documents

The Court continues to accept filings in all case types, including the filing of new cases. All filings can be submitted electronically through eFlex.

Fiscal Department

If you need to submit invoices or need to contact Fiscal Department for any reason, please email

Issuing Letters

For the issuance of Letters, the oath needs to be subscribed before someone authorized to administer oaths (usually a notary or the judicial officer on the record).

  • Once that has been done, the Letters can be submitted to the Court for issuance via eFlex.
  • Once the user is on the eFile screen, leave "Document Category" blank.
  • Go to "Document Type" and select "**Document Issued by the Court" and then submit your Letters as you would any other document.
  • The clerk will then sign the Letters, affix the seal, and file them into the case.

Lawyer in the Library

The Washoe County Law Library's Virtual Lawyer in the Library program gives the public an opportunity to speak with a licensed attorney on matters related to Family, General, and Probate Law. This program is intended for members of the public who are self-represented litigants. If you have an attorney already, you may not participate in the program.

  • Family Law covers matters dealing with divorce, adoption, paternity, child custody, child support, and other family-related legal issues.
  • Probate Law covers matters dealing with wills, trusts, and estates.
  • General Law will cover most civil law matters not covered by Family or Probate Law; such as traffic tickets, employment law, landlord and tenant issues, contract disputes, etc.

How the Virtual Lawyer in the Library program works:

  • The Family Law program is held on Tuesdays. The General Law program is held on Wednesdays. The Probate Law program is held every first and third Wednesday of the month. We are only able to accept a limited number of participants for each program.
  • Appointment times vary each week, based on the volunteer attorneys’ availability, but will generally fall between 12-6 PM
  • Appointment requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Thursdays at 9:00 AM. Once the program fills up, sign-ups will no longer be accepted. Upon sign-up, please plan to attend; if you are unable to attend, please notify us immediately so we can open the appointment up to others in need. Call 775-328-3250 or email LawLibrary@washoecourts.us.
  • Our Lawyer in the Library program is offered through an online meeting software called Zoom. You will receive an email Zoom meeting invitation the day before the program and may access the Zoom meeting using either a computer or phone.
  • The attorney will see you for up to 15 minutes. When your time is up, your session will end and cannot be extended.
  • The attorneys are volunteers; you are not their client; there is no attorney-client relationship and they cannot represent you. After your appointment, do not contact them about your case.
  • This is not a forms clinic. The volunteer attorney cannot help you fill out forms. If you need help filling out forms, there are other clinics to help with that and we can provide you with that information. If you just have procedural questions, Law Library staff may be able to assist you.

Signing up for the program:

Click on the links below to sign-up:

Family Law Lawyer in the Library sign-up sheet: https://forms.gle/YdsY573xqo3KkPUv9
General Law Lawyer in the Library sign-up sheet: https://forms.gle/K8ip8qvPShsUWrkg9
Probate Law Lawyer in the Library sign-up sheet: https://forms.gle/bn8ZFBH47aqT9Vfu5

The Washoe County Law Library's Virtual Lawyer in the Library program gives the public an opportunity to speak with a licensed attorney on matters related to Family, General, and Probate Law. This program is intended for members of the public who are self-represented litigants. If you have an attorney already, you may not participate in the program.

If you have signed up for the wrong program, or are unsure if the program you signed up for is correct for you, please let us know immediately by calling 775-328-3250 or emailing LawLibrary@washoecourts.us. We can help get you signed up for the right program.

Resource Center

You may now reach out to the Resource Center in multiple ways. Please call us at (775) 325-6731, e-mail us at ResourceCenter@washoecourts.us, or use the chat box at the bottom of the page to start a live chat. We can also set up an appointment via Zoom so you can talk to one of our team members face-to-face.


Temporary Protection Orders

There are several ways to file an Application for a Temporary and/or Extended Protection Order. We have application packets and other related forms located in the lobby of the Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court, located at 1 S Sierra Street, Reno, Nevada. A drop box is also provided for completed applications and other filings to be submitted. Staff on site are checking the box regularly, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can find the application and other related documents on our website at https://www.washoecourts.com/Main/FormsAndPackets, under the Temporary Protection Orders folder. Completed applications can be emailed to the Protection Order Help Center at pohc@washoecourts.us and the deputy clerks will file it.

You can apply online anytime if you have an eFlex account. We have a video detailing the steps of applying for an eFlex account and the electronic filing process on our website at https://www.washoecourts.com/EFiling/SignUp. You can file the fillable forms found on our website via your eFlex account or use the new Guided application option. There is a video detailing the steps on our website at https://www.washoecourts.com/DomesticViolence.

Top Request

Summons

Summons are now being issued electronically. Please email your request for a summons to

Administrative Orders

February 28, 2020 Administrative Matter of Family Division Continuing Part-time Hearing Master
March 16, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
March 16, 2020 Administrative Matter of Emergency, Interim or Temporary Orders During the Time Period Covered by Admin Order 2020-02
March 18, 2020 Administrative Matter of Temporarily Closing in-person Public Access to the Second Judicial District Court
March 20, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's COVID-19 Response
March 24, 2020 Administrative Matter of Juvenile Delinquency Matters and Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Facility
April 9, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
April 9, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Probate
May 19, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
May 19, 2020 Administrative Matter of Temporarily Closing in-person Public Access to the Second Judicial District Court
May 19, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Electronic Certification and Issuance of Court Documents in the Second Judicial District Court
June 11, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
July 2, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Dependency Matters
July 24, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
August 5, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
September 14, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Criminal Docket
September 18, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Criminal Docket
Prioritization of Trial Flight 3
September 30, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Criminal Docket
Updated Prioritization of Trial Flight 3 (TF November 16, 2020 - MTC October 28, 2020)
Amendment to MTC Docket Dates & Final Date for Decision on Pretrial Motions
October 16, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Criminal Docket
Prioritization of Trial Flight 4 (December 14, 2020)
October 20, 2020 Administrative Matter of General Election 2020 Emergency Matters and Election Judge Assigment
November 2, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Civil Docket
November 12, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resumption of Jury Trials - Criminal Docket
Prioritization of Trial Flight 5 (January 11, 2021)
November 13, 2020 Administrative Matter of Temporarily Closing in-person Public Access to the Second Judicial District Court: Closure of SJDC Through December 7, 2020
November 17, 2020 Administrative Matter of the Second Judicial District Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Mask Protocol for In-custody Defendants During Hearings
December 2, 2020 Administrative Matter of Temporarily Closing in-person Public Access to the Second Judicial District Court: Closure of SJDC Through January 10, 2021 - Vacating Criminal Jury Trial Through January 10, 2021