Bita also founded the first-ever Community Courts in BOTH Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. She brought community partners together, including prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, treatment providers, and job training organizations, so that defendants charged with lower-level crimes were held accountable for their decisions while being connected to services to address their underlying issues.
In her current specialty court role, Bita works with community partners to ensure that participants are held accountable to remain crime-free, while also taking steps towards becoming more independent and productive members of society.
In Bita’s Civil Commitment Court, she works with Metro’s Crisis Intervention Training team, mental health providers, hospitals, hospital attorneys, prosecutors and defense attorneys, to make improvements to our current court process for those community members who are in a mental health crisis.
“It is absolutely critical that individuals in a mental health crisis are given the help and treatment they need, without having their constitutional rights unfairly compromised. Unfortunately, many attorneys and judges are not trained about substance use disorder and mental health issues. I would bring that critical expertise to the bench” explained Bita. “I have earned a reputation in the legal community for working hard, always being prepared on the facts and the law, and being courteous and fair. That is why I am running for Department 1.”