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.
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
- 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.
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.
The District Court is providing electronic certification of court documents. To request a certified copy, you may:
2nd Judicial District Court,
75 Court Street, Reno, NV 89501
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.
- Spanish Interpretation in Remote Hearings - La interpretación en español en las audiencias a distancia (External link to YouTube)
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:
Family Peace Center
Family Peace Center is currently providing virtual visitation through Zoom. Questions may be directed to Kendra Materasso at:
Family Services Mediation
If you are court ordered to appear for Mediation to address a custody or visitation issue, mediation will be by phone or video conference. Questions may be directed to Family Services at 775-328-3298 or email: Mediation@washoecourts.us. If you were assessed mediation fees, you need to pay this fee in advance of your appointment. The Mediation Program can give you direction on how to pay these fees.
The Court continues to accept filings in all case types, including the filing of new cases. All filings can be submitted electronically through eFlex.
If you need to submit invoices or need to contact Fiscal Department for any reason, please email
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.
- Program times vary each week, based on the volunteer attorneys' availability, but will generally fall between 3-7 PM.
- Program sign-ups will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Thursdays at 9:00 AM. Upon sign-up, please plan to attend; if you are unable to attend, please notify us immediately so we can open the spot up for others in need. Call 775-328-3250 or email LawLibrary@washoecourts.us.
- If the program is full, you may request to be added to our wait list. Signing up for the wait list does not guarantee a spot the program.
- 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
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.
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 also offer live support for eFlex users!
Are you new to eFlex?
If you have a new eFlex account and feel that you would benefit from an online training, please click here to read more information on available appointments, or click below to schedule an appointment
- To file electronically, you will need to have your forms and attachments saved in a PDF file format. For guidance on how to convert an image into a PDF file using an iPhone, Android operating system, Mac computer, or Windows 10 PC, please see the following handouts:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You can contact a local domestic violence resource and utilize their services to apply for the protection order. Safe Embrace 775-322-3766 and the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) 775-329-4150 are two resources that can assist with filing applications.
If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the Protection Order Help Center at email@example.com or call 775-328-3127. Please leave a voicemail and a deputy clerk will return your call. We are returning calls and emails Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Due to the health crisis and Administrative Order 2020-02 and 2020-05, if you have a scheduled hearing for an extension of a protection order, that hearing will be conducted by telephone. You must contact the court clerks at 775-325-6626 or 775-328-3273 at least 24 hours prior to your hearing to provide your contact information where you can be reached for the hearing. If you do not provide your contact information, the hearing may proceed without your participation. This could result in the protection order being dissolved or extended with terms that could impact access to your children, your finances or personal property.
If you are an applicant and you wish to dissolve your order, you may file an Ex Parte Motion and the court will enter an Order without a hearing within 72 hours or 3 business days.
A limited number of in-person appointments are now available at the Protection Order Help Center. To make an appointment, call us at 775-328-3127. Appointments are limited to those who cannot be assisted remotely.
E-file the Summons to be issued into the case using:
- Document Category: ISSUANCE
- Document Type: ** SUMMONS ISSUED
Once the document is issued, you will receive electronic notification. The issued document will be available in Eflex at the docket entry in the case where the un-issued document was e-filed.
- For Attorneys and Stakeholders in Hearings with Interpreters
- Second Judicial District Court Zoom Protocols (English) - Protocolos del Tribunal del Segundo Distrito Judicial para las Audiencias por Zoom (español)
- Specialty Courts Zoom Protocols (English) - Protocolos de los Tribunales de Justicia Alternativa para las Audiencias por Zoom (español)
- Zoom for Beginners (English) - Zoom para principiantes (español)
- Simultaneous Language Interpretation in Zoom (English) - La interpretación simultánea en Zoom (español)