Courts in Nevada

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The courts in Nevada include the state court system and two federal courts.

The Nevada judicial branch is made up of a supreme court, an intermediate appellate court, district courts, justice courts and municipal courts.

The structure of Nevada's state court system.

Supreme court

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Nevada Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Nevada.[1]

Intermediate appellate court

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Nevada Court of Appeals

The state's intermediate appellate court was created by a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that was approved by voters in the general election on November 4, 2014. The new court's start date was set for January 1, 2015.[2]

For more information, see: Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, Question 1 (2014)

Trial courts

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Nevada District Courts

The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They have general jurisdiction over all legal disputes and sometimes hear appeals from the justice and municipal courts.[3]

Family Divisions: The Second and Eighth Districts in Washoe and Clark counties, respectively, have a family division. These divisions specialize in family-related issues such as divorce, child custody and adoption.[4]

Nevada Justice Courts

The justice courts courts deal with cases involving misdemeanors, traffic violations, small claims cases, evictions and other civil cases less than $10,000. They may hold preliminary hearings for the district courts, as well.[3]

Nevada Municipal Courts

The municipal courts deal with traffic and city ordinance violations.[3]

Federal courts

There are two federal courts in Nevada, the District of Nevada and the District of Nevada Bankruptcy Court.[5]

Appeals from these courts go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Proposed changes to the court system

Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, which appeared on the November 2014 ballot, proposed to create an intermediate appellate court.[6] For more information, see: Ballotpedia: Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, SJR 14 (2014)

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