Austin v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, No. 79573-COA

CitationNo. 79573-COA
Case DateDecember 17, 2019
CourtCourt of Appeals of Nevada

LANCE DREUX AUSTIN, Petitioner,
v.
THE EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADA,
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF CLARK; AND THE HONORABLE DAVID M. JONES,
DISTRICT JUDGE, Respondents,
and
THE STATE OF NEVADA, Real Party in Interest.

No. 79573-COA

COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA

December 17, 2019


ORDER DENYING PETITION

In this original petition for a writ of mandamus or prohibition, Lance Dreux Austin seeks an order directing the district court to rescind its order granting the State's second motion in limine. Austin asserts the district court acted in excess of its jurisdiction and/or acted in an arbitrary or capricious exercise of discretion by granting the State's motion in limine.

A writ of mandamus is available to compel the performance of an act which the law requires as a duty resulting from an office, trust, or station, NRS 34.160, or to control a manifest abuse or arbitrary or capricious exercise of discretion, Round Hill Gen. Improvement Dist. v. Newman, 97 Nev. 601, 603-04, 637 P.2d 534, 536 (1981). A writ of prohibition may issue to arrest the proceedings of a district court exercising its judicial functions, when such proceedings are in excess of the jurisdiction

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of the district court. NRS 34.320. Neither writ will issue if petitioner has a plain, speedy, and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law. NRS 34.170; NRS 34.330. Petitions for extraordinary writs are addressed to the sound discretion of the court, see State ex rel. Dep't of Transp. v. Thompson, 99 Nev. 358, 360, 662 P.2d 1338, 1339 (1983), and the "[p]etitioner[ ] carr[ies] the burden of demonstrating that extraordinary relief is warranted," Pan v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 120 Nev. 222, 228, 88 P.3d 840, 844 (2004).

The record before this court indicates that on May 4, 2018, the State filed a motion in limine to exclude evidence of the alleged victim's prior arrest. The Honorable Mark B. Bailus heard argument on the motion on May 22, 2018, and denied the motion without prejudice.1 Thereafter, the case was reassigned to the Honorable David Jones. On September 14, 2018, the State filed a second motion in limine in which it again sought to exclude evidence of the alleged victim's prior arrest, as well as evidence related to one of the State's lay witnesses. After hearing argument, Judge Jones granted the motion in limine.

Austin argues Judge Jones acted in excess of his jurisdiction in violation of Nevada District Court Rules (DCR) 18(1) and Eighth...

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