The Las Vegas Justice Court is pleased to announce Judge Suzan Baucum was elected Chief Judge by her peers on Aug. 8, 2018. Her two-year term will begin January 1, 2019. Judge Baucum stated, "I would like to thank my fellow Judges for their support and confidence."
In addition to her duties as Chief Judge, Baucum will continue to preside over the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) calendar. Chief Judge Baucum, will focus her term not only on promoting access to justice for all who appear before the Las Vegas Justice Court, but will also continue to promote public trust in an independent, transparent, and efficient judiciary. Judge Baucum was elected to a second term in 2016 and was originally elected Justice of the Peace in Department 13 of Las Vegas Justice Court in 2010.
Judge Suzan Baucum is a native Nevadan. She graduated from Western High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho School of Law, where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Idaho Law Review.
Judge Baucum's legal career covers a wide range of law. After completing an internship with the Ada County Prosecutor's Office where she prosecuted both civil and criminal cases, Baucum joined a law firm, in Reno, Nev., where, she handled criminal, personal injury, real estate and general business law. She also served as a State Training Specialist and Staff Attorney for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. During her years of service as the Executive Director of the Nevada Law Foundation, a non-profit organization created by the Nevada Supreme Court, Baucum provided access to justice to the legally disadvantaged, victims of domestic violence, children in need of protection of the juvenile court and senior citizens of Nevada.
Las Vegas Justice Court hears traffic matters, misdemeanor non-traffic cases, civil cases (amounts up to $15,000), small claims cases (up to $10,000), summary eviction cases, and requests for protection orders (including stalking, workplace harassment, harm to minors, and sexual assault); the Court also determines whether felony and gross misdemeanor cases have enough evidence to proceed to District Court for trial. Judge Baucum's duties as Chief Judge will include: presiding over administrative matters and Judges' meetings; supervising court administrators, managers, referees, pro-tem judges, and hearing masters; appointing committees of judges and court staff; and acting as the Court's liaison with other governmental and civic agencies.