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
MCNAMEE VS. DIST. CT. (BIANCHI)
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 52
Docket Number: 76904
Newson v. State  
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 50
Docket Number: 75932

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and affirmed the judgment of conviction as to the other charges for which Defendant was convicted, holding that the district court abused its discr...

Reif v. Aries Consultants, Inc.  
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 51
Docket Number: 76121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court dismissing Appellant's complaint because he filed it, though he did not serve it, without an affidavit and expert report, holding that an initial pleading filed...

Kilgore v. Kilgore  
Date: October 3, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 47
Docket Number: 73977

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's distribution of community property upon the divorce of Richard Kilgore and Eleni Kilgore, holding that a district court has significant discretion when determining whether...

Artemis Exploration Co. v. Ruby Lake Estates Homeowner's Ass'n  
Date: October 3, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 48
Docket Number: 75323

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's determination that Ruby Lake Estates Homeowner's Association's (RLEHOA) authority to impose assessments on Appellants, property owners in Ruby Lake Estates (RLE), holding t...

Nevada State Board of Architecture v. District Court  
Date: October 3, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 49
Docket Number: 76792

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of prohibition directing the district court to grant Petitioner's motion to dismiss the underlying petition for judicial review and clarifying that premature petitions for...

State, Department of Business & Industry, Financial Institutions Division v. TitleMax of Nevada, Inc.  
Date: September 26, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 44
Docket Number: 74335

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part an order of the district court granting a petition for judicial review of a decision of the administrative law judge (ALJ) and vacated the ALJ's order finding that...

SFR Investments Pool 1 v. U.S. Bank, N.A.  
Date: September 26, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 45
Docket Number: 74532

Justia Opinion Summary: In this homeowners' association (HOA) foreclosure case, the Supreme Court reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to U.S. Bank, N.A. and remanded for entry of summary judgment for SFR Investments Pool 1,...

Patush v. Las Vegas Bistro  
Date: September 26, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 46
Docket Number: 76062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court awarding attorney fees in a wrongful termination suit, holding that because Plaintiff's wrongful termination claim rested on a novel yet arguable construction of...

IN RE: DISCIPLINE OF JAMES COLIN
Date: September 19, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 43
Docket Number: 73031
State Engineer v. Happy Creek, Inc.  
Date: September 12, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 41
Docket Number: 74266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's decision to reinstate Happy Creek, Inc.'s original water rights' priority dates in equity, holding that, under the extraordinary circumstances of this case, the district co...

Andersen v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: September 12, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 42
Docket Number: 75208

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner's petition for a writ of mandamus challenging the district court's decision affirming his conviction and disagreeing with Petitioner's argument that he was erroneously denied the righ...

Demaranville v. Employers Insurance Co. of Nevada  
Date: September 5, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 35
Docket Number: 72737

Justia Opinion Summary: In this claim for workers' compensation benefits the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the district court affirming the appeals officer's decisions as to compensability and liability and...

Azucena v. State  
Date: September 5, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 36
Docket Number: 74071

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of multiple sex offenses against children and related offenses, holding that the trial judge's behavior and statements during voir dire cons...

Anderson v. State  
Date: September 5, 2019
Citation: 135 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 37
Docket Number: 74076

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court admitting certain out-of-court statements after finding that the witness was unavailable and that Defendant had intentionally deterred the witness from appear...

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