Chief Judge-elect Togliatti sees challenges ahead for Clark County courts

By acclimation, District Judge Jennifer Togliatti was selected to take over for outgoing Chief Judge Art Ritchie, who resigned as the district’s head effective at the end of his term Dec. 31. Ritchie will continue as a Family Division judge, a position he’s held for a decade.

“It’s an honor to have their confidence,” said Togliatti, who will step down from her position as the presiding judge for the Criminal Division prior to taking the helm at the start of the year.

Saying it was too early to discuss her plans; Togliatti said the Clark County court system faces several challenges.

Decisions, she said, will have to be made regarding case assignment (seven new judges are coming on board in January) and facility challenges (the fact there are now more judges than courtrooms).

Togliatti also said the recent elimination of a ninth track at Las Vegas Justice Court, the advent of specialty courts and ongoing information technology issues will require action as well.

Just don’t expect her to jump the gun. “You don’t want to count your chickens before they hatch,” she said.

Togliatti, a longtime Las Vegas resident, has been a judge since 1999.

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