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.

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Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Nevada
Airbnb, Inc. v. Rice  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 65
Docket Number: 81346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the district court erred in denying Appellant's motion to compel arbitration and refusing to submit the arbitrability determination under the circumstances of this case to an…

Uber Technologies, Inc. v. Royz  
Date: September 29, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 66
Docket Number: 82556

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Appellant's motion to compel arbitration, holding that where an arbitration agreement delegates the threshold question of arbitrability to the…

State v. McCall  
Date: September 22, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 64
Docket Number: 82640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the order of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence found as a result of and during a protective sweep, holding that a protective sweep…

Eby v. Johnston Law Office, P.C.
Date: September 8, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 63
Docket Number: 83299
Matkulak v. Davis  
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 61
Docket Number: 83173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court establishing child custody, visitation, and child support holding that the district court erred by exceeding the cap set forth in NAC 425.150(1)(f). Father…

Locker v. State  
Date: September 1, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 62
Docket Number: 84070

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's conviction of a drug offense in violation of Nev. Rev. Stat. 453.336(2)(a), holding that the statutes governing Defendant's first-offense drug crime mandated judgment deferral under…

Elk Point CC HOA v. K.J. Brown, LLC
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 60
Docket Number: 82484
LVPPA v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct.
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 59
Docket Number: 83793
Martel v. HG Staffing, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56
Docket Number: 82161

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying and dismissing this class action complaint brought against Plaintiffs' former employer to obtain unpaid minimum and overtime wages, holding that the…

Federal National Mortgage Ass'n v. Westland Liberty Village, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 57
Docket Number: 82174

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court finding that there was no default of the loan in this case and issuing a wide-ranging preliminary injunction reaching matters that were not argued or briefed,…

Ceballos v. NP Palace, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 58
Docket Number: 82797

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the complaint in this case for failure to state a claim, holding that an employee discharged after testing positive at work based on recreational…

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. District Court  
Date: July 28, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55
Docket Number: 83724

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied mandamus relief in this challenge to a district court order reinstating a claim against a cigarette manufacturer under the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act (NDTPA), holding that mandamus…

Blount v. Blount  
Date: July 7, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 52
Docket Number: 82095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court confirming a foreign custody order, holding that the language of Nev. Rev. Stat. 125A.465 is plain and unambiguous and that the challenges to the registration of…

Artmor Investments, LLC v. Nye County  
Date: July 7, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53
Docket Number: 82742

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus, holding that the district court did not err in denying Appellant's petition because Nev. Rev. Stat.…

Torremoro v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: July 7, 2022
Citation: 138 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54
Docket Number: 83596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of mandamus in this tort action, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in modifying the scheduling order, reopening discovery, and granting a motion…

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