Nevada Supreme Court elections

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The seven justices of the Nevada Supreme Court are elected to six-year terms in nonpartisan elections. To serve additional terms, judges must run for re-election.[1] For more on these elections, visit the Nevada judicial elections page.

Selection of the chief justice or judge

The supreme court selects its chief justice by seniority. The chief serves in that capacity for two years.[2]

Qualifications

To serve on either the Nevada Supreme Court, a judge must be:

  • a qualified elector;
  • a state resident for two years;
  • at least 25 years old;
  • licensed and admitted to practice law in Nevada;
  • a licensed attorney for 15 years with at least two years in Nevada.[2]

Vacancies

See also: Assisted appointment

In the event of a midterm vacancy, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection solicits and screens applicants to fill the judgeship. It makes recommendations to the governor, who appoints a mid-term replacement to serve until the next general election. If re-elected, the appointee serves out the remainder of the predecessor's unexpired term.[2]

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Elections

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See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
CherryMichael Cherry (Nevada)   ApprovedAYesSeat C73.25%   ApprovedA
DouglasMichael Douglas   ApprovedAYesSeat F74.26%   ApprovedA
SaittaNancy Saitta   ApprovedAYesSeat G73.32%   ApprovedA

See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2010

Candidate Incumbent
James Hardesty ApprovedA Yes


Candidate Incumbent
Ron Parraguirre ApprovedA Yes


In 2008, the retirement of Justice A. William Maupin left a vacant Seat B which lead to a competitive race. Kris Pickering won in the general election, following a primary featuring four candidates.

Justice Mark Gibbons was re-elected to Seat D, overcoming a challenge from Thomas Christensen.

Candidate Incumbent SeatPrimary votesPrimary %Election votes Election %
Kris Pickering ApprovedA No Seat B45,98325.3%353,873 42%
Deborah Schumacher No Seat B42,88623.6%329,058 39%
None of these candidates Seat B12,1556.7%159,715 18.9%
Nancy Allf No Seat B39,71521.9%
Don Chairez No Seat B40,56322.3%
Candidate Incumbent SeatElection votes Election %
Mark Gibbons ApprovedA Yes Seat D456,467 54.8%
Thomas Christensen No Seat D210,092 25.2%
None of these candidates Seat D166,188 19.9%

Election results are from the Nevada Secretary of State for the Primary Election and General Election.

There were three races for the Nevada Supreme Court in 2008; one unopposed and two contested. Justice Michael Cherry did not draw an opponent and was re-elected to Seat C. Incumbent Michael Douglas was elected to a full term on the court following a 2004 appointment. Nancy Saitta was elected to the court, to the seat vacated by Justice Bob Rose in 2006.

In Nevada, voters are given the option to select "None of these candidates" on the ballot.

Candidate Incumbent SeatElection votes Election %
Michael Cherry ApprovedA No Seat C387,125 75%
None of these candidates Seat C129,141 25%
Candidate Incumbent SeatPrimary votesPrimary %Election votes Election %
Michael Douglas ApprovedA Yes Seat F99,53937%260,363 48.3%
Cynthia Dianne Steel No Seat F88,43032.9%194,936 36.2%
None of these candidates Seat F39,39314.6%82,747 15.3%
John Calvert Seat F41,33515.3%
Candidate Incumbent SeatPrimary votesPrimary %Election votes Election %
Nancy Saitta ApprovedA No Seat G71,37812.1%253,187 46.5%
Nancy Becker No Seat G95,32735%205,831 37.8%
None of these candidates Seat G32,95412.1%84,883 15.6%
Thomas Christensen No Seat G35,40113%
Nicholas Anthony Del Vecchio No Seat G36,80113.5%

Election results are from the Nevada Secretary of State for the Primary Election and General Election. }}

See also

External links

References

  1. American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: Nevada," archived October 3, 2014
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