The attempt to get aid to tenants has underscored how in too many jurisdictions, rental assistance and eviction diversion programs have long been underfunded or non-existent. (Getty Images)
An attempt by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office to “pause” evictions without issuing another moratorium has fallen on deaf ears at Las Vegas Justice Court.
“In your correspondence, you suggest that eviction hearings are ‘non-essential’ and should be postponed,” Suzan Baucum, Chief Justice of the Justice Court, wrote to Sisolak’s senior advisor Scott Gilles in response to “correspondence in which you expressed concerns about overcrowding in Las Vegas Justice Court during the pandemic.”
Baucum’s response to Gilles says Emergency Directive 35, issued by Sisolak on Nov. 23, “contains no provisions relating to evictions, and the Governor’s previous moratoria” have expired.
“Therefore, Governor Sisolak has imposed no current requirement for eviction cases to be postponed,” Baucum wrote.
Baucum adds she’s spoken with Justice Court colleagues “across the state” who are hearing eviction cases.
“Any type of categorical restriction on evictions should be imposed by Governor Sisolak on a statewide basis, as opposed to being imposed piecemeal by some Justice Courts and not others,” Baucum wrote.
Gov. Sisolak’s office has not responded to questions about whether he’ll issue another moratorium on evictions.
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