Nevada Designation of District Court Location, Question 3 (1998)

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The Nevada Designation of District Court Location Question, also known as Question 3, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved.

Election results

Question 3 (Designation of District Court Location)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 209,397 53.5%
No181,78346.5%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to allow the Legislature to designate locations in the county other than the county seat for holding terms of the district court?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

EXPLANATION
The Nevada Constitution divides the State into judicial districts based on counties, and authorizes the Legislature to alter, divide, increase, or decrease districts. Currently, there are nine judicial districts throughout the State, some of which encompass more than one county. The districts vary in number of square miles and population.
The Nevada Constitution requires that the district court for each county be located at the county seat. An exception is provided for the Legislature to designate the places for holding court if the county is divided into two or more districts. To date, counties have been combined to form districts, but not divided. Each county is responsible for the cost of establishing and operating the district court at the county seat. Depending up on the number of judges within each district, which is determined by the Legislature, judges may be required to divide their time between the county seats. In the Seventh Judicial District, for example, the two judges are responsible for holding court at the three county seats within the district.
The proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution authorizes the Legislature to designate the places in the county at which the district court may be located, regardless of whether the county is divided into more than one district. If the Legislature does not designate the locations, the district court is held at the county seat.[1]

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