About Judge Saragosa

  • Las Vegas Justice Court Justice of the Peace, Department 4
  • Civil Presiding Judge, Las Vegas Justice Court
  • Presiding Judge, Veterans Treatment Court
  • Admitted Before: United States Supreme Court, 9th District Court, Nevada Supreme Court, Maryland Court of AppealsMelissa Saragosa Official Headshot

Judicial Service

  • State Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release (Appointed by Supreme Court)
  • Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics (Appointed by Supreme Court)
  • Vice Chief Judge, Las Vegas Justice Court – 2009-2011
  • Judge, State High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Chairman, Legislative Committee, Las Vegas Justice Court
  • Rules Committee, Las Vegas Justice Court
  • Education and Legislative Committees, Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction
  • Presiding Judge, Domestic Violence Court

Community Involvement

  • SAFE House, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer, Summerlin South Little League
  • Volunteer, American Youth Soccer Organization
  • Bishop Gorman High School Mock Trial Team Assistance
  • Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2008
  • Member, Women’s Veterans of Nevada

Military Service

  • Current Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General  (1999-Present)
  • Active Duty Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force (1994-1999)
  • Current Appellate Judge, Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Instructor, Civil Division, Air Force Judge Advocate General School
  • Circuit Trial Counsel, Western Circuit, Travis AFB CA
  • Chief of Military Justice and Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Nellis AFB NV
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Aviano AB Italy
  • Chief of Claims/Labor Law, Luke AFB AZ
  • Assistant Chief, Adverse Actions, Luke AFB AZ
  • Chief of Preventive Law and Legal Assistance, Luke AFB AZ

Previous Service Includes

  • Prosecutor, Clark County District Attorney’s Office
  • 22 years of courtroom litigation experience
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney, Recruiting and Training
  • Deputy District Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit
  • State Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Criminal Law Instructor, University of Maryland Campus Aviano AB Italy


  • B.A. Psychology, University of San Diego (1990)
  • J.D. University of San Diego School of Law (1993)