Judge Bonaventure succeeds Chief Judge Karen Bennett-Haron, who has served as Chief Judge since 2011.
“I thank my fellow judges for their support and look forward to the new assignments,” said Judge Bonaventure. “I am especially appreciative to Judge Bennett-Haron for her exceptional leadership as Chief Judge, and I am committed to continuing her efforts to achieve the highest possible level of public trust and confidence in the Court.” Judge Bonaventure was elected Justice of the Peace in Department 9 of Las Vegas Justice Court in 2004. He is a life-long resident of Las Vegas, having graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, the business college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the charter class at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Thereafter, Judge Bonaventure worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Kathy Hardcastle in the Eighth Judicial District Court, as a deputy prosecutor with the Clark County District Attorney’s office, and as an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Bonaventure & Goldstein before taking the bench in 2005.
Judge Bonaventure, who was elected to a second term in 2010, has served as a member of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada Specialty Court Funding Committee and currently serves as Vice Chief Judge of the Las Vegas Justice Court and as chair of the Court’s Criminal Process Committee. In addition to those duties and a full-time criminal caseload, Judge Bonaventure presides over the extradition calendar and the Justice Court DUI Treatment Court Program.
Las Vegas Justice Court hears traffic matters, misdemeanor non-traffic cases, civil cases (amounts up to $10,000), small claims cases (up to $7,500), summary eviction cases, and requests for temporary protective orders (domestic violence or stalking and harassment); the Court also determines whether felony and gross misdemeanor cases have enough evidence to proceed to District Court for trial.
Judge Bonaventure’s new duties as Chief Judge will include: presiding over administrative matters and judges’ meetings; supervising court administrators, managers, referees, and pro-tem judges; appointing committees of judges and court staff; and acting as the Court’s liaison with other governmental and civic agencies.