The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded Nancy Saitta, Senior Judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, on Monday, August 1, 2022. The case is styled as ‘In the Matter of the Honorable Nancy Saitta’ with case number #2020-081-P.
The judge was charged with violating Canon 1 Rule 1.1 and Canon 2 Rule 2.5(A) of the Revised Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct, which requires:
Judges to comply with the law, including the Code itself.
Judges to perform judicial and administrative duties competently and diligently.
The judicial canons can be found here.
The order reads:
“Respondent presided over a divorce trial on December 13-15, 2017, but failed to timely issue a written divorce decree until February 5, 2021 (over 3 years). Respondent also failed to timely resolve and issue orders on other outstanding post-trial matters, including the Respondent’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order Regarding Post Trial Motions, which was issued on November 3, 2021 (approximately 4 years after the divorce trial).
Respondent (i) failed to request proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, as well as the divorce decree, from counsel for over 5 months; (ii) did not timely respond to proposed orders/decrees submitted by counsel for over 3 years, despite repeated attempts by counsel requesting that Respondent finalize and issue them; (iii) repeatedly represented to counsel over several years during multiple status hearings that the orders/decree were in final editing, but later acknowledged during the Commission investigation that she, in fact signed defendant’s proposed decree without editing it; (iv) was not completely aware of the status of the case and pending submissions, including whether certain orders were signed or matters resolved, even after representing to counsel numerous times during previous hearings that she would inquire as to the status of such orders/matters; (v) failed to comply with Supreme Court Rule 251, which requires district courts to resolve issues affecting child custody and visitation within 6 months of filing of a responsive order; (vi) failed to enter detailed minute orders; and (vit) withdrew her oral rulings after a hearing due to discovered deficiencies in those rulings.”
The Judge earned a law degree from Wayne State University in 1986.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.