Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, SJR 14 (2014)
If SJR 14 is approved, all appeals would still be filed with the Nevada Supreme Court, which would then be allowed to assign certain cases to the intermediate court. If the intermediate court is created, it would operate in already existing space in the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, in an attempt to decrease costs.
Arguments in favor
Supporters of this measure propose that an intermediate court would allow for expedited decisions on appealed issues, increase the efficiency of the Nevada legal system and free up the Nevada Supreme Court to investigate important cases more carefully.
Nevada voters rejected a state intermediate appellate court in 2010 when Question 2 was defeated by a 53 percent majority.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Nevada Constitution
According to Article 16, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution, an amendment proposed by the legislature must be approved by a majority in both the House and Senate in two consecutive legislative sessions. If twice approved by the legislature, the amendment then goes to the ballot where voters decide whether or not to ultimately pass it.
April 14, 2011 Senate vote
|Nevada SJR 14 Senate Vote|
May 20, 2013 Senate vote
|Nevada SJR 14* Senate Vote|
May 13, 2011 Assembly vote
|Nevada SJR 14 Assembly Vote|
May 28, 2013 Assembly vote
|Nevada SJR 14* Assembly Vote|
- Nevada Legislature, "SJR 14," accessed October 30, 2013
- Kring and Chung, "Will 2014 Finally Be the Year that Nevada Gets a Court of Appeal?" accessed March 18, 2014
- LegiScan, "Nevada Senate Joint Resolution 14," accessed March 18, 2014
- Open States, "SJR 14: Nevada 2011 Regular Session," accessed May 13, 2014
- Nevada Legislature, "SJR14* of the 76th (2011) Session," accessed May 13, 2014
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