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Rural Judges Travel Study

4/6/2017 9:33:12 AM

Nevada judges travel from courthouse-to-courthouse in various rural counties to ensure due process for everyone. In the last six years (2011-16), rural district court judges traveled an average of 6.1 hours per week to dispense justice in Nevada’s rural communities, which was a 14 percent reduction from the 2007-10 time period (7.1 hours).

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A recent report issued by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Research and Statistics Unit, discusses the total miles driven and the associated time traveling each year by the district court judges that must travel to multiple courts in their judicial districts.

Rural judges face increasing stress and fatigue associated with the travel and fewer hours to spend on judicial duties compared to Nevada’s urban court judges. The report found that due to use of video conference and the realignment of judicial districts, as well as other considerations, judicial travel decreased 39 percent in 2016 (56,560) when compared to 2010 (93,302).

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