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Reno Municipal Court’s Community Court to host Open House

Post Date:12/02/2019 3:00 PM

Reno Municipal Court’s (RMC) Community Court invites members of the public to its Open House on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet Community Court team members and service providers, and to observe the Community Court process. 

The Community Court is located at the Downtown Reno Library at 301 South Center Street.

About Community Court

RMC’s Community Court provides an evidence-based judicial response to low-level criminal activity that negatively impacts residents, businesses, and tourism in downtown Reno. Participants accused of committing Quality of Life (QOL) crimes and who agree to participate in the Community Court process are typically ordered to complete a same-day community service obligation (such as sidewalk cleanup, campsite and park cleanup, etc.) as restitution to the community at large in lieu of serving jail time or paying a fine.

In addition, the court usually orders participants to coordinate with on-site service providers, including government and non-profit agencies, to obtain benefits including health insurance, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, housing, workforce training, and primary medical care. Nationwide, community courts have been shown to reduce low-level crime and its impacts in the communities in which they operate.  

Community Court Funds

RMC was awarded a $200,000 grant to implement a Community Court in downtown Reno. Reno Municipal Court was one of five applicants selected nationwide to receive the funding and technical assistance through the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Community Court hears cases involving nonviolent misdemeanor quality of life crimes committed in the downtown Reno area.

When and Where is Community Court Held?

Community Court held its first session on March 6, 2019. Community Court is held every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Downtown Reno Library.  

For more information, email SkillC@reno.gov or call 775-326-6673.