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Court looks to hire master to handle process serving scandal

Las Vegas Justice Court officials are moving forward with plans to hire a hearing master to determine whether the rights of thousands of civil case defendants were harmed in a process serving scandal.

The Clark County Commission is to vote Tuesday on whether to approve $60,000 for the hearing master to spend six months reviewing some 25,000 default judgments.

County staff is recommending approval of the funding.

On Tuesday, the Nevada Supreme Court, also meets to establish guidelines for training the hearing master.

At the center of the scandal is Maurice Carroll, an ex-cop and process server who is to stand trial on Monday on charges of perjury and submitting false court documents.

Police allege that Carroll and his unlicensed company, On Scene Mediations, filed false affidavits of service that helped payday loan and debt collecting companies obtain default judgments.

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