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Las Vegas Municipal Court
Department 5
200 Lewis Avenue, Second Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89127
Telephone: (702) 229-6061 / Fax: (702) 382-6589
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Judge Cedric A. Kerns was elected to Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 5 in June of 1997.

Judge Kerns came to Las Vegas in 1985 to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a member of the nationally ranked debate team before graduating in 1989. He received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of San Diego.

Prior to being elected, Judge Kerns was a partner and co-founder of the Law Office of Kerns and Lybarger, where he focused on criminal defense and domestic law. While in private practice, Judge Kerns was an appointed member of the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force for the “Study of Economic Bias” in the justice system.

Judge Kerns is an active member of the American Bar Association, Judicial Division Delegate to the National Conference   of   Specialized  Court   Judges;  Department  of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA), and Multidisciplinary Prevention Advisory Committee (MPAC); American Judges Association, where he has served as delegate and governor representing the State of Nevada; Nevada Judges Association, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors as well as the president for the year 2005. Judge Kerns was chosen as Outstanding Judge of the Year for 2006 by the Nevada Judges Association and served on the Supreme Court 2012 Judicial Leadership Planning Committee.

Judge Kerns is the presiding judge over Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Youth Offender (YO) Court. This is a specialized court that focuses on young offenders with drug offenses.  Judge Kerns was also the creator of the specialized court H.O.P.E. that focuses on habitual offenders.