Justice Court Vacancy Attracts 14 Applicants

Fourteen applicants are vying for an appointment to the Las Vegas Township Justice Court.

The eight-member County judicial selection committee, chaired by Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty, will likely interview applicants in August or September and then recommend three finalists to the Clark County Commissioners. The commissioners will then appoint someone to fill the vacancy, which was created when Melanie Tobiasson resigned in May.

The appointee will serve as Justice of the Peace until January 2023, at which time whomever wins the November 2022 election for that position will be sworn in. Justice Court handles misdemeanors, traffic matters, felony arraignments, civil disputes under $15,000, small claims and landlord tenant disputes.

Those seeking the appointment are Maxwell Berkley, Cybill Dotson, Tracy Hibbetts, Daniel Hill, Nadia Hojjat, Mark Karris, Benard Little, Fikisha Miller, Nadine Morton, Danielle Pieper, Dena Rinetti, Katrina Ross, Robert Walsh and Yi Lin Zheng.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.