Nevada State Courts

Courts – State Courts – Nevada

Highest Court

The highest court in Nevada is the Supreme Court of Nevada.  The Supreme Court consists of 7 justices. It has jurisdiction over (1) Appellate jurisdiction over equity, law (over $300), and all other civil not given to a lower court, and questions of law in criminal cases of District Court. (2) Certiorari review of cases originating in Justice and Municipal Courts and appealed to District Court.

General Courts

District Court
The District Court consists of 56 judges. It has jurisdiction over (1) Original jurisdiction in equity law, probate, mentally ill. (2) Felonies, gross misdemeanors (fine greater than $1000, sentence greater than 6 months). (3) Juvenile, adults in relation to juveniles.
Appeals are trial de novo.
Jury trials

Limited Courts

Justice Court
The Justice Courts consists of 67 judges.  It has jurisdiction over (1) Civil actions under 7,500 except title realty or mining claim. (2) Misdemeanors with fine under $1,000 and/or sentences under 6 months. (3) Small claims under $5,500.
No jury trials are overseen by this court.

Municipal Court
The Municipal Court consists of 29 judges. It has jurisdiction over (1) Civil when less than $2,500 and incident to a criminal case and the plaintiff is the city. (2) Municipal ordinance violations. (3) Municipal ordinances, misdemeanors with fine under $2,500 and/or sentence under 6 months.
No jury trials are overseen by this court.

Additional Information

Places of holding court may be changed.
In the case of war, pestilence, other public calamity, the dangers thereof, or the destruction of the building appointed for court, the judge by an order filed with the county clerk moved court to another place in the same city or county. (NRS 1.070)

Electronic filing, storage and reproduction of documents filed with courts
The Supreme Court may adopt rules to provide for the electronic filing, storage, and reproduction of documents filed with the courts of justice.  Any rules adopted by the Supreme Court regarding the above documentation may be used be each court of justice. (NRS 1.117)

Courts required to have seals
The Supreme Court, The District Courts, the Justices’ Courts, municipal courts, and all other courts designated as courts of record pursuant to NRS 5.010 shall have a seal.  (NRS 1.140)

List of cases submitted to be published monthly by Clerk
On or before the 5th day of each calendar month, the Clerk of the Supreme Court shall publish a list of all Supreme Court cases that have remained undecided for a period of more than 90 days.  The cases shall be published in a newspaper advertising for the State.  The date of original submission, the dates of any orders of resubmission, the number of the case, and enough of the title to identify the case shall be published.  (NRS 2.260)

Hours of use by public
The hours that the Supreme Court Law Library is available to the public shall be decided by the Supreme Court.  (NRS 2.420)

Training concerning complex issues of medical malpractice litigation.
Due to the complex issues of medical malpractice litigation, the Supreme Court shall provide by court rule required training to each district judge involved in medical malpractice cases. (NRS 3.029)

Discharge of excess trial jurors
When there are more trial jurors in attendance than needed for the business of the court, those that have served longest may be discharged or excused temporarily to reduce the panel to the number required. (NRS 6.100)


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