About Judge Douglas Herndon

One of the finest and most respected judges on the bench today, Judge Douglas Herndon was originally appointed in 2005 by the late Governor Kenny Guinn.

He is currently the Chief Judge of the court’s Homicide Case Team, having created the team in 2017 to best serve the people of Nevada by providing better judicial oversight in the 8th Judicial District Court System’s most serious cases, and previously served as the Chief Judge of the court’s Criminal Division from 2010-2017.

One of the court’s hardest working judges, Judge Herndon is consistently one of the top judges in terms of time spent in trial and was given the highest performance score of any district court judge from the Review Journal’s 2019 Judging the Judges survey.

Prior to serving on the bench, Douglas Herndon enjoyed a 14-year career in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, the last nine years of which were spent as the Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Special Victim’s Unit.

Community Involvement

Outside of the courtroom, Judge Herndon has been extremely active in our community, volunteering his time and service to help improve the lives of our neighbors.

  • Rape Crisis Center, Advocacy Training Course Instructor
  • The Meadows School, Board of Trustees
  • Shade Tree Shelter, Volunteer
  • The Promise P.A.C.K., Volunteer
  • UNLV, Guest Lecturer
  • UNLV Law School, Mock Trial Judge
  • Bishop Gorman High School, Mock Trial Team Consulting Judge
  • Annual Law Day Presentation Lecturer, Various Schools
  • Community College of Southern Nevada, Guest Lecturer
  • Nevada Child Seekers, Advisory Board Member
  • Youth League Coach, various youth sports teams

News & Events

RJ: Supreme Court contenders Herndon, Fumo headed to general election

In a race for Nevada Supreme Court Seat D, Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo and District Judge Douglas Herndon appeared to be headed to a general election in November, according to tentative primary results posted early Wednesday morning.

The Nevada secretary of state’s office website showed that Herndon had captured 120,921 votes, equal to 46.52 percent, in the statewide race, while Fumo collected 83,547 votes, with 32.14 percent. A third candidate, Erv Nelson, garnered 28,936 votes, with 11.13 percent.

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The right experience matters | Douglas Herndon

Thank you so much for the opportunity to provide some information to your readers about who I am and about my judicial election. My name is Douglas Herndon and I am a state District Court judge running for election to the Nevada Supreme Court, Seat D. This is an open seat due to the retirement of Justice Mark Gibbons.

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Judicial debate: Nevada Supreme Court, Seat D: Judge and assemblyman outline legal philosophies

A state legislator and a district judge battling for a seat on the Nevada Supreme Court explained their individual judicial philosophies during a Las Vegas Review-Journal debate.

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For the past 15 years, this publication has been endorsing candidates for various local, state, and national level political races. This year is no different, vegasdesi is endorsing the candidates below in the primary election.

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RJ Endorsements: Nevada Supreme Court, District Court primaries

Judge Herndon has regularly earned high marks in the RJ judicial survey, receiving an 85 percent retention rating last year. Judge Herndon has 15 years experience on the bench and understands the importance of constitutional principles such as the separation of powers….Judge Herndon is our choice.

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Las Vegas judges analyze bail levels in coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and a recent Nevada Supreme Court decision, criminal defense attorneys have begun to flood the Las Vegas justice system with requests for new bail hearings.

They are asking for clients to be given a chance at freedom in a shuttered community, even those facing the most serious criminal charges. In some cases, judges have significantly reduced the amount of money needed for suspects to get out of jail.

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Letters to the editor

Inspired by judge’s words
Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely of circumstances. I was completely taken by the eloquence of Judge Douglas Herndon’s words during the sentencing hearing of Darren Mack. Though I only heard parts of it, his word rejuvenated my faith in the system; truly as I was listening I realized how very long it had been since such words of integrity and dedication to public service had graced my ears. He was often not speaking specifically of this case, rather in generalities that explained how he perceived his authority as a judge.

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Guinn names Herndon district judge

SUN CAPITAL BUREAU CARSON CITY — Douglas Herndon, chief deputy district attorney for the special victims unit in Clark County, has been named district judge by Gov. Kenny Guinn. Guinn made the announcement Tuesday with Herndon, 41, that he will succeed Ron Parraguirre, who was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court.

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EDITORIAL: Watkins, Herndon, Johnson, Crockett for District Court

Clark County voters will decide 28 judgeships this fall, 15 in District Court and 13 in Family Court. The roadside campaign signs for these races, which line entire city blocks across the valley, are reminders of the importance of the judiciary, and the importance of electing qualified, experienced candidates to the bench.

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Team of homicide judges aims to speed up cases in Las Vegas

In an effort to accelerate the sometimes-slow wheels of justice, a team of four Clark County judges will oversee almost all murder cases starting this week. With a growing list of more than 300 defendants charged with murder, Clark County District Court has launched a program to funnel the most serious trials into what has

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