Supreme Court of Nevada Decisions

The Nevada Supreme Court reviews appeals in Carson City and Las Vegas. It consists of seven justices, who receive appeals directly from trial courts. The justices can determine whether to review an appeal or assign it to the three-judge panel on the Nevada Court of Appeals. This intermediate appellate court was created in 2014, before which the Supreme Court reviewed all appeals from lower courts. In 2019, more women than men served on the Supreme Court for the first time in its history.

Nevada uses non-partisan elections to fill the seats on the Supreme Court. This means that the party affiliation of each candidate is not included on the ballot. Once they are elected, a justice will serve a six-year term. The Governor of Nevada has the authority to appoint an interim justice if a vacancy arises before the end of the term. To serve on the Nevada Supreme Court, a candidate must be at least 25 years old at the time of the election, and they must have been a resident of Nevada and have practiced law there for at least two years. They must have been admitted to practice law in a state in the U.S. for at least 15 years, although they do not need to have been admitted to practice in Nevada throughout that time.

Under the Nevada Constitution, the most senior justice serves a two-year term as the Chief Justice. If two or more justices have equal seniority, the Chief Justice position technically must be filled by lot. In reality, the justices often agree to each take a shorter term as Chief Justice to allow each of them to serve in this role. They can put this agreement in writing as a court order or another official document and file it with the Clerk of the Court.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of Nevada

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Nevada
Aparicio v. State  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 62
Docket Number: 80072

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction, pursuant to a guilty plea, of two counts of driving under the influence resulting in death and one count of felony reckless driving but vacated his sentence, holding tha...

Morency v. State, Department of Education  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 63
Docket Number: 81281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court finding that Assembly Bill (A.B.) 458, which did not met the supermajority voting requirement but was nevertheless passed during the eightieth session of the Nev...

Byrd v. Byrd  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 60
Docket Number: 80548

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting a motion to modify a divorce decree under Nev. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(6), holding that Rule 60(b)(6) relief was inappropriate in this case. Rule 60(b)(6)...

Guzman v. District Court  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 61
Docket Number: 81842

Justia Opinion Summary: In this original petition for a writ of mandamus challenging the order of the district court denying Petitioner's motion to dismiss counts of an indictment, the Supreme Court held that the district court manifestly abuse...

State, Department of Business & Industry v. TitleMax of Nevada, Inc.  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55
Docket Number: 79224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of TitleMax of Nevada, Inc. and declaring that TitleMax's practice of "refinancing" did not vi...

Salloum v. Boyd Gaming Corp.  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56
Docket Number: 80769

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's complaint alleging discrimination based on age and sex, holding that Appellant's complaint was untimely filed. Following Respondent's...

Burns v. State  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 50
Docket Number: 80834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and related charges, holding that there was no reversible error in jury selection or closing arguments. During his trial, Defendant stipulated to...

Eggleston v. Stuart  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 51
Docket Number: 80838

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's 42 U.S.C. 1983 civil rights claims and state law tort claims, holding that the district court erred by req...

Saticoy Bay, LLC v. Peccole Ranch Community Ass'n  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 52
Docket Number: 81446

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court dismissing Appellant's complaint under Nev. Rev. Stat. 38.310, holding that the district court erred. Appellant purchased property at a homeowners' association...

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd. v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53
Docket Number: 81459

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioners' petition for writ relief asserting that the district court properly dismissed the claims against them as precluded by the former six-year statute of repose, holding that the district...

Jim v. State  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 57
Docket Number: 81545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence recovered during a warrantless inventory search of his vehicle, holding that the plain-view exception to the w...

Sunseri v. State  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 58
Docket Number: 81551

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, denying Defendant's subsequent motion to dismiss the charges against him, and entering a judgment of co...

IN RE: DISCIPLINE OF CHRISTOPHER R. ARABIA
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 59
Docket Number: 82173
NuVeda, LLC v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54
Docket Number: 82649

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the petition filed by NuVeda, LLC for a writ of prohibition and/or mandamus asking the Supreme Court to disqualify Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez from presiding over a contempt hearing and to order the...

Superpumper, Inc. v. Leonard  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 137 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 43
Docket Number: 79355

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court exercising jurisdiction over the underlying fraudulent conveyance action and avoiding all of Paul Morabito's transfers to Superpumper, Inc., Sam Morabito, Sno...

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