Frequently, our clients ask us what to expect when they have to go to court. Well, every visit is different, but here are some helpful tips when going to Court.
Las Vegas Court Tips
- Be Prompt. Arrive at the courthouse early.
- Leave Metal in the Car. Expect to go through metal detectors at all courthouses and to remove your shoes. Please do not wear cowboy boots or any other shoes/boots which are hard to get on off.
- Beware of Long Lines. Expect long lines to get through the metal detectors. Inside the County Court on Lewis (the Regional Justice Center), there are two detectors, but they are not always staffed by Marshals. At the Family Courthouse on Pecos, there is only one metal detector so it can take longer.
- Federal Courts. If you are going to the Federal Court or the US Bankruptcy Court you MUST show an I.D. to get inside. If you do not have your identification the US Marshalls will not let you inside.
- Split Family Court. Although the Clark County Family Court is on Pecos and Bonanza, there are some Family Court judges who, due to lack of space, are located at the Regional Justice Center. Check your notice to make sure you’re going to the correct location.
- Parking. The Family Court parking is free, but parking close to the entrance fills up quickly. This could add time to get inside the courthouse for your hearing. The Regional Justice Center and both Federal Courthouses do not have a lot of street parking and it is all paid metered parking. Plan accordingly and have a credit card or change, as the meters do NOT take bills.
- Retrieve Items in Designated Areas. After you pass though the metal detectors, there will be a few places to sit to put your footwear back on. Please retrieve your items and move to the designated area to put on your shoes etc.
- Information is Available. There may or may not be people at the information desk to help you find the appropriate courtroom. Don’t worry- there are several electronic boards which list parties in alphabetical order. You may have to wait for your name to appear, but it will. (If it doesn’t, now is the time to worry!) For Family Court matters, walk through the courtyard to the second building, the monitors are on your left.
- Elevator Lines. There is only one bank of elevators. Expect a long line to get onto the elevators, especially in the morning. (Thankfully, there are only two levels to the Family Court building.) I tell our clients that if their matter is on the Lower Level, they can take the stairs. If their matter is on Level 2 or 3, there are escalators. These are much quicker.
- Appropriate Dress. Dress appropriately if possible. The court understands not everyone has a suit, but please wear business attire. The Court will treat you nicer if they think you made an effort to look presentable.