ELKO — Judges descended on Elko this week for business, but took the time to visit a few of northeastern Nevada’s unique landmarks.
About 50 judges from across the state gathered for the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction biannual seminar, which ran Tuesday through Friday at the Stockmen’s Hotel & Casino.
“For quite a few judges, this was their first exposure to this part of the state,” said Elko Justice of the Peace Mason Simons, who served as “host judge.”
The purpose of the conference, which takes place every January and June in different parts of the state, was for NJLJ members to further their legal education.
Participants had the opportunity, however, to go on a tour of Newmont Mining Corp.’s Gold Quarry open pit mine near Carlin.
Simons said the tour offered insight into Elko County’s economy.
Judges also stopped at the California Trail Interpretive Center.
Simons said the weeklong seminar included training sessions and speaker presentations, which were “valuable continuing-legal education.”
Participants wanted to thank Pamela Smith of Newmont for arranging the mine tour and Travis Gerber, Andy Boyer, Bruce Grange and Jeff Williams for assisting with a visit to the California Trail Interpretive Center.
NJLJ is an association of justice court and municipal court judges in the state, according to the group’s website.