Slojkowski v. Clark County Family Services et al
ORDER Denying 3 Motion for Preliminary Injunction.; denying 4 Motion for Order Shortening Time, and Denying 6 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Signed by Judge Kent J. Dawson on 6/7/12. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ASB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No. 2:12-CV-00907-KJD-CWH
CLARK COUNTY FAMILY SERVICES,
Before the Court are Plaintiff’s Emergency Motions for Temporary Restraining Order (#2,
#5) and Emergency Motions for Preliminary Injunctions (#3, #6). Plaintiff has also moved for an
Order Shortening Time (#4).
Plaintiff asks the Court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction enjoining
Case # D-11-453103-r, an action related to the custody of Plaintiff’s children which is pending in the
Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court.
The Younger Abstention Doctrine directs federal courts to abstain from granting injunctive
or declaratory relief that would interfere with pending state judicial proceedings. See Younger v.
Harris, 401 U.S. 37, 40-41 (1971); Hirsh v. Justices of the Sup. Ct. of Cal., 67 F.3d 708, 712 (9th
Cir. 1995). Absent extraordinary circumstances, abstention is required under Younger if the state
proceedings: (1) are ongoing; (2) implicate important state interests; and (3) provide the plaintiff an
adequate opportunity to litigate federal claims. See id. (citing Middlesex County Ethics Comm. v.
Garden State Bar Ass’n, 457 U.S. 423, 432 (1982)).
Here, the proceedings are ongoing. It is axiomatic that the business of Clark County Family
Services implicates an important state interest. Finally, Plaintiff has not shown why the state
proceedings would deprive him of the opportunity to litigate any federal claims. Accordingly, the
Younger Abstention Doctrine precludes this Court from interfering with the state court proceedings.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT Plaintiff’s Motions for Temporary Restraining Order
(#2, #5) and Emergency Motions for Preliminary Injunctions (#3, #6) are DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT Plaintiff’s Motion for an Order Shortening Time (#4)
DATED this 7th day of June 2012.
Kent J. Dawson
United States District Judge
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