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Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, SJR 14 (2014)

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Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Nevada Constitution
Referred by:Nevada State Legislature
Topic:State judiciary
Status:On the ballot
The Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, also known as SJR 14, is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Nevada as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would ask voters whether or not to amend the Nevada Constitution in order to create an Intermediate Appellate Court, also known as a court of appeals.[1]

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.[2]

Support

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.[2]

Background

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.

On May 24, 2014, SJR 14 completed this process, putting this intermediate appellate court question on the ballot.[3][4][5]

Senate vote

April 14, 2011 Senate vote

Nevada SJR 14 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 16 76.19%
No523.81%

Senate vote

May 20, 2013 Senate vote

Nevada SJR 14* Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 21 100%
No00%

Assembly vote

May 13, 2011 Assembly vote

Nevada SJR 14 Assembly Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 32 80.00%
No820.00%

Assembly vote

May 28, 2013 Assembly vote

Nevada SJR 14* Assembly Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 40 100.00%
No00%

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