Rhonda Forsberg

Rhonda Forsberg

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Rhonda Kay  Forsberg

for Family Court Judge Department G

 

Candidate contact information:

Email address: Rhonda@Forsberg4judge.com

Phone number: 17022798382

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Website: Forsberg4judge.com 

 

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES

 

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.

 

I am the current Judge for Family Court Department G. I was appointed by the Governor in April 2019, from a field of 11 attorneys that went through the vigorous Judicial Selection Commission process. I have dedicated my entire legal career to Family Law. I have handled every type of Family law matter prior to being appointed.

 

What are your views on the courts’ responsibility to uphold precedent on reproductive health care, particularly as it relates to Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a constitutional right?

 

As a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer regarding specific cases as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so.

 

What are your views on “human dignity,” as applied by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor (133 S. Ct. 2675), shares the same constitutional protection provided to liberty and equality rights?

 

As a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer regarding specific cases as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so.

 

Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education (347 U.S. 483) was correctly decided?

 

As a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer regarding specific cases as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so.

 

Would you honor the request of a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a case before you who is transgender to be referred to in accordance with that person’s gender identity?

 

Yes. That issue has been before me, and people deserve the dignity of referring to them in accordance with their gender identity.

 

Describe your understanding of Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises (390 U.S. 400) and application of this precedent to nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation.

 

The petitioners filed a class action against Piggie Park Enterprises, seeking to enjoin racial discrimination at 5 drive-ins and a sandwich shop. The District Court only enjoined the sandwich shop. The Appellate Court reversed the District Court as to the drive-ins but ordered that the appellant was only entitled to attorneys fees only for the defenses of respondent that were not in good faith and designed to delay. The U.S. Supreme Court held that those who seek an injunction and succeed under Title II, should receive an award of reasonable attorneys fees unless there are special circumstances that would render such an award unjust.

Regarding the second part of the question, as a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer regarding specific cases as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so.

 

Have you been involved in a significant case where a primary issue was sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDs discrimination? If so, can you provide the case, venue, case number and case citation (if published decision) and your involvement?

 

 

No I have not.

 

 

With more and more Nevadans only one family emergency away from being unable to pay rent and maintain shelter for their loved ones, what steps would you take towards having a more equitable eviction process for Nevadans?

 

This issue does not come before me as a family court judge. In addition, it would violate judicial cannons to state steps that would be taken as they would be case specific.

 

How would you ensure that criminal defendants with adverse immigration consequences attached to their cases are protected in the event the case is dismissed or otherwise resolved, so that the criminal justice system does not become a trap for the undocumented?

 

 

This issue does not come before me as a family court judge. In addition, it would violate judicial cannons to state steps that would be taken as they would be case specific.

 

 

In recent years, we have seen Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain individuals as they are leaving criminal court hearings. Please describe your views on this practice.

 

 

As a Judicial Official, I cannot interfere with other legal actions.

 

 

What actions will you take to dismantle the school to prison and deportation pipeline? What do you see as the judiciary’s role in advancing restorative discipline practices for Nevada’s students?

 

 

Assisting parents with getting their children help when they are before me as a family court judge. The judiciaries role in advancing restorative discipline practices needs to be geared towards victim well-being and offender rehabilitation. The Court should utilize all tools available to it. Mentoring programs and any programs to help kids stay engaged with schools that helps keep kids away from the juvenile justice system should be utilized. There are diversion programs that our juvenile delinquency courts utilize but there is always more that can be done. As I currently have a domestic docket, I can assist by ordering counseling and programs for children that are struggling when parents come before me in divorce/custody matters.

 

 

What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the state’s justice system today, and how would you work to address it?

 

 

Resources, as justice delayed is justice denied. The faster family law matters can be resolved the faster families can begin to heal.

 

 

Do you feel that existing diversion initiatives and specialty courts are effective in meeting the needs of the community? What changes would you make to improve their effectiveness?

 

 

Yes. The statistics show that for every $1.00 invested in Specialty Courts, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone. When considering other costs associated with participants’ involvement in the criminal justice system, it is estimated that Specialty Courts save taxpayers $27.00 for every $1.00 invested by reducing victimization and healthcare service utilization.

 

 

What value does cash bail bring to Nevada’s judicial system?

 

 

The Nevada Supreme Court recently ruled that prosecutors “must prove by clear and convincing evidence that bail, rather than less restrictive conditions, is necessary to ensure the defendant’s appearance at future court proceedings or to protect the safety of the community.” As a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer this question as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so.

 

In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what is your position on vacating convictions of individuals for marijuana possession?

 

 

As a Judge, my job is to uphold the laws as written. in statutes and as determined in case law by both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Nevada and the U.S. Supreme Court . Beyond that, I cannot answer regarding specific cases as that would violate the judicial canons for me to do so. In addition, as a Family Court Judge, vacating convictions is not before me.

 

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