The first woman to be a judge in North Las Vegas has been elected chief judge of the city’s justice court.
Justice of the Peace Natalie Tyrrell, who held the position previously from 2009 to 2012, will hold the office for two years.
Justice courts cover a wide range of proceedings, handling traffic cases, small claims and civil disputes under $10,000 as well as misdemeanors and felony arraignments.
In 2013, North Las Vegas Justice Court handled over 11,000 cases, according to a Clark County press release.
Justice courts with more than three judges must elect someone to serve as chief judge.
Before becoming a judge in 2001, Tyrrell gave legal advice to people over 60 through the city of Las Vegas’ Senior Citizens Law Project for close to nine years.
Tyrrell will begin her two-year term on Jan. 5, 2015.
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