On Thursday, May 30, 2024, Judge Michele Mercer of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada accepted a public reprimand from the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.

The reprimand stemmed from two separate judicial misconduct complaints filed against Judge Mercer earlier in 2023. According to the stipulation agreed to by Judge Mercer and the Commission, the first complaint involved Judge Mercer attempting to intervene in a case involving a former client that was being overseen by another judge in December 2022. Judge Mercer asked if she could observe a hearing for her acquaintance, and later spoke with him in her courtroom about the case. She also advocated on his behalf to the other judge’s staff.

The second complaint centered around Judge Mercer’s handling of a child support case between February and November 2021. After holding an evidentiary hearing in February and March, Judge Mercer did not issue a ruling on child support until over 20 months later in November 2022. Two of Judge Mercer’s orders in the case in August 2021 and June 2022 failed to properly address and calculate the obligor’s child support payments.

In the stipulation, Judge Mercer admitted to violating several sections of the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct regarding competence, integrity, and impartiality. She acknowledged her actions in both matters justified the imposition of discipline. Judge Mercer agreed to waive her right to a formal disciplinary hearing and accepted a public reprimand as the appropriate sanction.

The stipulation noted several mitigating factors for Judge Mercer’s behavior. In the first complaint, no parties were physically present in the court, and Judge Mercer believed she was correcting a scheduling error. For the second complaint, Judge Mercer cited an extraordinarily complex hearing and a two-month stay in the case. She also had no prior disciplinary history after 23 years as an attorney and 3 years on the bench.

With Judge Mercer’s consent, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline issued the public reprimand. The reprimand will be published on the Commission’s website and filed with the Nevada Supreme Court. By accepting the reprimand, Judge Mercer waived her right to appeal the disciplinary action. The unanimous agreement brings the misconduct complaints against Judge Mercer to a close.

Judge Mercer‘s courtroom is located at 601 North Pecos RD, Las Vegas, NV. 89155.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.