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Russian Judges to Tour Las Vegas Courtrooms


Six Russian judges will tour Las Vegas’ courthouses next week to get a look at how American justice functions.

The judges will visit the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal Courthouse, the Clark County Regional Justice Center and Family Court through the Open World, Rule of Law Program.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman will welcome the delegation to Las Vegas at 9 a.m. Monday at the Lloyd D. George Courthouse (courtroom 6B), 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S. At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 25, the delegation will visit the Eighth Judicial District Court at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. The visiting judges will be presented with ceremonial gavels before they begin shadowing District Court judges to get a firsthand look at the busiest court in Nevada.

The Open World, Rule of Law Program is bringing the judges for a week-long immersion into the U.S. justice system. From Apr. 21-27, the Russian judicial delegation will be led by Senior United States District Judge Lloyd D. George in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court, Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada, the U.S. Marshals and the Nevada Bar Association on a rigorous schedule that will provide an inside look at the American legal system.

“This visit will be a valuable learning experience not only for the Russian judges but for the American judges as well,” Judge George said. “Judges from visiting nations provide a unique perspective on what American justice has to offer. The Open World Program improves access to justice worldwide.”

The Russian judges will hear from representatives of the United States Attorney, Federal Public Defender, District Attorney and Public Defender’s offices and will visit the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. They will also have a little fun during their visit, taking in a Cirque show, visiting the Fremont Street Experience, seeing sights and shopping.

Open World has introduced more than 17,000 current and future decision makers from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. Open World delegates range from first-time mayors to veteran journalists, from nonprofit directors to small-business advocates, and from political activists to judges at all levels.

Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003, Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Open World promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.

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