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December 17, 2011
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Judge: Incline Village justice court will stay open

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Judge Alan Tiras confirmed this week the James V. Mancuso Justice Court will stay open, despite a recommendation earlier this year it be closed and consolidated with the entire Washoe County justice court system.

The recommendation stemmed from a June 2011 “Fundamental Services Review” by the county, authored by Management Partners, Inc., that said the court had seen a two-thirds reduction in case load, and its closure and consolidation would result in about $150,000 in annual savings.

Tiras and other community members refuted the case-load reduction statistic in public hearings before the county commission earlier this year, and he reiterated that during a presentation at Wednesday’s Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees meeting.

“There has been a 400 percent increase in case loads over the past two years. Our case load has increased dramatically,” he said. “Thanks to the support of the community, and the county ... being willing and able to listen, that matter is off the table.”

Court staff has already taken a 7 percent pay cut to assist with the county’s budget woes, Tiras said, in addition to enacting consolidated hours earlier this year that include the court not being open on Fridays.

The 7 percent pay cut, Tiras said, equates to about $22,000 in savings.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 17, 2011 08:27PM Published Dec 17, 2011 08:24PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.