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>**UPDATED ** Change in Courthouse and Clerks Office Hours
>History on Display at the Truckee Courthouse
>Surplus Computer Donations
>Judge Julie McManus Files for Retirement

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**UPDATED ** Change in Courthouse and Clerks Office Hours

History on Display at the Truckee Courthouse
Judges of Truckee
March 29, 2012. TRUCKEE, CA - The Truckee Branch Court announces its new historical display of “The Judges of Truckee.” Photographs of many of the judges, and Justices of the Peace who have served the citizens of Truckee now are displayed in Department A of the Truckee Branch Court. The photos date back to 1866, when the court was known as the Meadow Lake District Justice Court.

According to Truckee Court Operations Manager Helen Davis, “We are proud to celebrate Truckee’s proud history of providing justice for its citizens with this new display in our courtroom.” The photos were located and gathered by Chaun Gass of the Truckee Donner Historical Society.

The Truckee Branch Court is located in the Joseph Building at 10075 Levon Avenue in Truckee. The Truckee Branch Court provides full services to the citizens of Truckee and visitors to Eastern Nevada County, hearing Criminal cases, Traffic cases, Family and Juvenile cases and Civil cases.

Surplus Computer Donations
March 14, 2012 - The Court intends to make a charitable donations of 3 Dell XP computers to the City of Nevada City and 3 Dell XP computers to the Wintu Tribe.

For further information, you are welcome to contact Court Executive Officer Sean Metroka at 265-1313.

Judge Julie McManus Files for Retirement
Nevada City, CA-- Nevada County Superior Court Judge Julie McManus filed for disability retirement with the Commission on Judicial Performance on December 15, 2011.

McManus was appointed to the Nevada County Superior Court in December 2005. She ran unopposed in June, 2008. Her term expires in 2014.

Judge McManus has been on medical leave since March, 2011, and was subsequently found to have sustained a traumatic brain injury in a fall. McManus will require further treatment, the duration of which is unknown at this time.

Although McManus hoped she would be able to return to work, she acknowledged her medical leave of absence has created difficulty for the Court. McManus felt it was in the best interest of the citizens and taxpayers of Nevada County to retire so the Court may proceed with the steps necessary to fill her position.

The Court acknowledges Judge McManus’ commitment to the children and families of Nevada County. Prior to appointment to the bench she was a Deputy District Attorney for 15 years, handling cases involving child sexual and physical abuse, and child homicide. Additionally, she was Deputy County Counsel for 5 years, representing Child Protective Services. Her dedication and exemplary work-ethic are a small part of her efforts to serve the citizens of Nevada County.

September 29, 2008. NEVADA CITY, CA - The Superior Court of Nevada County announced today that they have received the results from a survey to evaluate the Real DUI Court in the Schools program. The survey was conducted by conducted by Philliber Research Associates under a contract with the Administrative Office of the Courts Funded by a $10,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Nevada County Superior Court held two Real DUI Court Trials at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools in the spring. “It was a collaborative effort between the Nevada County District Attorneys Office, the Nevada County Public Defender’s Office, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, the Grass Valley Police Department, Community Recovery Resources, and our local high schools,” said Tonya Clark, Director of Alternative Court Programs. “The court appreciates the time and commitment from all of these agencies; without their help, we could not bring these valuable programs into our schools.” The survey was completed by students after attending the Real DUI Court Trial at their respective schools. A majority of the students (86%) agreed that drinking and drug use by teens is dangerous and disagreed that it is okay to ride with someone who is just a little drunk or high. Just over three quarters of the students (79 %) agreed that drinking and driving is a serious crime for teens. Nearly three quarters agreed that they had learned about the DUI laws and that the program helped convince them not to drive under the influence. Just over half were in agreement that the program helps teens appreciate the law and our justice system. “It’s challenging to find a balance between keeping the court trial real and keeping the students engaged because a real court trial is not as entertaining as the legal dramas they watch on television. Overall I’m pleased with the results of the survey. It’s a good tool to gauge what we’ve done well and where we can improve in the future,” stated Clark. The full survey can be viewed on the Nevada County Superior Court’s website at: