I went to the Clark County Court House today to file a Notice for my daughter. There are 3 different places you need to go for Clark County Justice Court to file paperwork. If you are filing papers in a criminal case you go to the 2nd floor. If you are filing anything that is Civil and has a fee associated with it then you need to go to the 2nd floor. If you are dealing with a civil filing that does not include a fee then you go to the self-help center and it is filed electronically for you. If it is dealing with a traffic ticket BEFORE an arraignment hearing then you go to the traffic clerks on the 1st floor.
But if you want to file a motion to dismiss or a notice concerning the Court’s incompetence and violation of rights and privileges or a demand for discovery or anything else you can think of you MUST go to the 2nd floor clerks because, get this, according to the clerk on the 2nd floor AFTER you get an arraignment hearing and if you plead NOT GUILTY then it becomes a criminal case and that is why it must be filed on the 2nd floor.
I learned this after two trips to the Court House. I was given false information by the self-help area. I was given false info by the 2nd floor clerks. I was given the run around by some of the most incompetent people I have ever had the displeasure of having to deal with that worked for the government and that was the supervisor for the traffic court clerks and other clerks (and that is saying a lot because I seldom run into an competent people that work for the government).
The idiot that I finally got to file the papers was totally confused. I asked her if any other papers in this case like any motions would be filed here on the 2nd floor. She asked if it would be traffic. I said that this vase was indeed a traffic ticket case. She told me that I would have to go to the first floor as everything dealing with traffic is on the 1st floor. So I asked her why she just filed the Notice. She informed me that this case was now criminal and so it had to be filed here. So I asked again, so if I need to file any more papers in this case I need to file them here? And she responded that if it was a traffic case that I needed to go to the 1st floor first. I asked why? She said that until there is an arraignment hearing that it has to go through the 1st floor clerks. I said that this case had been to an so-called arraignment hearing and the alleged judge did not follow the law and that is what this Notice is for and I will be returning to file motions in this case and so I asked if I should just bring them here to the 2nd floor? She then asked me if it was a traffic case because if it was that I had to start on the 1st floor. NO! I am not kidding.
So here is how it works. If you get a traffic ticket in Clark County you go to into the traffic court clerks on the 1st floor. They may ask you if you are pleading guilty or not guilty (NO! I am not kidding.) Then if you want to see a “judge” you just go down stairs. You cannot set up a date for the Arraignment Hearing. It is strictly a Cattle Call Show up Early (like an hour) or you will not get in. It is not held in open court. You are taken before Judicial Officer Robert A Kelley. He is not a Justice of the Peace. I honestly don’t know what he is but I know what he is not. He was never elected and was not appointed pro tem either. I have not figured out how he allegedly get his authority to hear arraignment hearings but what has the law got to do with the Judicial system anyway? (If you have to plead in a case that is not traffic you get an actual elected Justice of the peace that, from what I have seen personally, actually ask you the things required by law.)
In my daughter’s cases she was never asked to enter a plea. She was told she would be given two court dates and ordered out of the courtroom. I guess the Kelley entered a plea for my daughter but it certainly was not done in open court and he violated three of the Codes of Judicial Conduct in the way he handled my daughter’s hearing.
Then if you have pled not guilty or nolo then the case becomes a criminal case. Because it has now become a criminal case you file any motions or notices etc. on the 2nd floor but you MUST demand to file them and you may have to demand a supervisor because the clerks don’t have a clue as to how to handle anyone that fights a traffic ticket.
On a second note. Instead of mailing a copy of the notice to the District Attorney I hand delivered it. The front desk clerk told me she didn’t have this case yet ( I gave her the Case Number that I used to get into the Clark Count Court Web Site https://www.clarkcountycourts.us/Anonymous/default.aspx but this moron couldn’t find it in the record. She told my daughter she may be able to find with if she gave the clerk her Social Security Number. Naturally my daughter informed this moron clerk for the DA that she did not have a Social Security Number. With a smack of sarcasm the clerk said, “Oh really?”
I responded that I did not have one either due to my religious beliefs and added, like the Amish. The skank with the poorly dyed blonde hair with the 3 inches of dark roots showing that was dressed in her Wal-Mart Hand-me-down outfit said that I shouldn’t be so argumentative. I asked her how stating my religious beliefs was being argumentative but she just stuck her ugly face into her papers.
The idiot clerk still could not find the case (naturally the reason why was because it was “traffic” and had not yet gone to a pre-trial hearing) and so she was going to refuse to take the Notice. I told her that I knew I had the right place. I told her that she could do whatever she wanted to do with the papers because she had now been served and so I didn’t care what she did as our obligation had been taken care of. We turned and walked out.
So…Now you know how to file a motion or notice at the Court House on a traffic case. That is if they don’t change the rules tomorrow or you get a clerk that is not totally incompetent or…