One of Us

Judge Herndon is an extremely active member of our community. From his time on the bench to this work with local organizations, Judge Herndon is committed to engaging his neighbors, his friends and all of those he serves.


Las Vegas, NV –  Today, District Court Judge Douglas Herndon announced his bid for Nevada Supreme Court.  The seat, currently held by Justice Mark Gibbons, will be open in 2020 due to Justice Gibbons’ retirement.   

Herndon currently serves as a District Court Judge for Department 3 in Clark County, a position he has held since being appointed to the seat in 2005 by then Governor Kenny Guinn.  Prior to his judicial appointment, Herndon spent 14 years in the District Attorney’s office, the last 9 as the Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Special Victim’s Unit.  

During his time on the bench, Judge Herndon has consistently been rated as one of the top judges in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Judging the Judges survey.  In the most recent survey, his performance score was the highest amongst the county’s District Court Judges.  Click here to read Judge Herndon’s full profile in the survey.

“It has been my great honor to serve the people of Nevada first as a prosecutor and then as a District Court Judge.  As a judge, I work every day to ensure that justice is provided to all Nevadans by being prepared, courteous, thoughtful and fair. I am confident that the experience and wisdom I’ve gained as a District Court Judge will allow me to serve as a valuable member of our state’s highest court.” said Judge Herndon.  

As a District Court Judge, Herndon has served as Chief Judge of the court’s Homicide Case Team since its inception in 2017.  From 2010-2017, Herndon served as Chief Judge of the court’s Criminal Division.

Herndon has been recognized with multiple awards for his service including:  the Community Service Award for his work with the Rape Crisis Center, the Gary Collie Award from the Community Coalition for Victim’s Rights, and the Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada’s Man of the Year for his work as a prosecutor.

Herndon has been active throughout his career in efforts to improve justice in our state, serving on numerous statewide commissions including the Administration of Justice Commission, the Indigent Defense Commission, the Commission on Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Committee to Study Evidence Based Pre-Trial Release.

Herndon, 55, received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and attended Law School at Washington and Lee University.  A resident of Nevada since 1990, Herndon is married to wife Carrie and they have two daughters Kaitlyn (22) and Emily Grace (18).