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I-TEAM: Update on Long Lines at RJC

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Long lines at the RJC in July 2012. Long lines at the RJC in July 2012.

LAS VEGAS -- Long lines at the Clark County courthouse are proving to be more than just a nuisance. The I-Team has learned some frustrated citizens are coming to blows.

The I-Team first raised the issue of the long lines at the Regional Justice Center some two years ago and the lines are still long.

Court officials insist they're working on the issue, but those efforts have yet to bring relief for the 120,000 people who walk through those doors every month.

Wednesday morning the line stretched an entire city block. To help improve staffing levels, the court planned to hire 10 additional part-time marshals this summer, but it now tells the I-Team a lack of qualified applicants has slowed the process.

So far, only two of those slots have been filled and those people are not yet in place. Tensions related to the lines also continue to escalate. Last week, the marshals closed the gate temporarily due to a fight. Sources tell the I-Team, that's becoming a regular occurrence.

The chief judge has been meeting with Clark County Commissioners over the past several months in an effort to gain support for four additional full-time marshal positions.

The final meeting is scheduled for Thursday and the issue is expected to be open to public discussion later this month.

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