This will be Judge Tyrrell’s second term as chief; she previously served from 2009 through 2012.
“This is an honor and a privilege,” Tyrrell said. “North Las Vegas Justice Court is an increasingly busy place and I look forward to meeting the many challenges of this growing jurisdiction.”
Tyrrell has been the North Las Vegas Justice Court Department 2 Justice of the Peace since January 2001 and was the first woman to be a judge in North Las Vegas. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2012.
In 2002, Tyrrell created the outreach program KIDS IN THE COURT in partnership with C.P.Squires Elementary School, an at-risk school in North Las Vegas. This program educates fifth graders about the court system with an emphasis on careers and the importance of staying in school.
Prior to her election, Tyrrell spent almost nine years as an elder attorney with the city of Las Vegas Senior Citizens Law Project. She also served as an attorney arbitrator for the state of Nevada.
Tyrrell has been a colleague with the Nevada Law Foundation since April 2006. She is currently serving on the State of Nevada Judicial Council. Tyrrell is a participant judge for Project REAL, wherein she hosts students in her court annually. In 2004, she received the Professional Services Award from the Latin Chamber of Commerce for her many contributions to our community. Tyrrell is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Minnesota and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice Court handles misdemeanors, traffic matters, and felony arraignments; civil disputes under $10,000; small claims and landlord tenant disputes. Last year, North Las Vegas Justice Court handled over 11,000 cases.