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
APCO Construction, Inc. v. Zitting Brothers Construction, Inc.  
Date: October 8, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 64
Docket Number: 75197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment and awarding attorney fees and costs in favor of Zitting Brothers Construction, a subcontractor on a development project, on its bre...

Clark County v. Bean  
Date: October 8, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 65
Docket Number: 78443

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Clark County's petition for judicial review of the decision of an appeals officer reversing Clark County's denial of a retiree's claim for ongoing par...

Young v. Nevada Gaming Control Board  
Date: October 8, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 66
Docket Number: 78916

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Appellant's petition for judicial review of the order of the Nevada Gaming Control Board affirming the decision of a Board agent that a casino's refusal...

Washoe County District Attorney's Office v. Second Judicial District Court  
Date: October 8, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 67
Docket Numbers: 79792, 80008, 80009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted these consolidated writ petitions filed by the Washoe County District Attorney's Office challenging the Second Judicial District Court's authority to compel it to participate in a record-sealing...

Cotter v. Kane  
Date: October 1, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 63
Docket Numbers: 76981, 77648, 77733

Justia Opinion Summary: In this derivative action, the Supreme Court held that a corporation, as a nominal defendant, is precluded from challenging the merits of a derivative action but may challenge a shareholder plaintiff's standing in such a...

Harvey v. State  
Date: October 1, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 61
Docket Numbers: 75911, 72829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of Judge Douglas Smith denying Defendant's post-trial motions for a new trial and to reconstruct the record after discovering a jury note that the trial judge, Senior Judge James Bixl...

Turner v. State  
Date: October 1, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 62
Docket Number: 76465

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction, holding that Defendant waived his challenge under Bruton v. United States, 391 U.S. 123 (1968), and that any other errors were harmless and did not amount to cumulative...

Gonzales v. State  
Date: October 1, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 60
Docket Number: 78152

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that the plain language of Nev. Rev. Stat. 34.810(1)(a) excludes claims of ineffective assis...

Mineral County v. Lyon County  
Date: September 17, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 58
Docket Number: 75917

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered in the negative a question certified to it by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that the public trust doctrine does not permit the reallocation of rights already adjudicated and settl...

JESSEPH VS. DIGITAL ALLY, INC.
Date: September 17, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 59
Docket Number: 78480
In re Guardianship of B.A.A.R.  
Date: September 3, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 57
Docket Number: 78626

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court's denial of Appellant's petition for guardianship of her nephew, holding that the district court evaluated under the incorrect standard Appellant's request for predicate fact...

In re Frasier Family Trust  
Date: August 27, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56
Docket Number: 77981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the district court confirming Third Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to a Survivor's Trust and denying a challenge to the settlor's capacity, holding that the district court failed...

J.E. Johnson & Associates v. Lindberg  
Date: August 20, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55
Docket Number: 78086

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's amended judgment in favor of the buyers of residential real property and against the sellers and the real estate agents of both the buyers and the sellers and offsetting th...

Willard v. Berry-Hinckley Industries  
Date: August 6, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53
Docket Number: 77780

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Appellants' Nev. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1) motion, holding that the district court abused its discretion by failing to address the factors announced in Yochum...

Lopez v. Serbellon Portillo  
Date: August 6, 2020
Citation: 136 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54
Docket Number: 79549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court refusing to find that a minor child's reunification with Father was not viable for purposes of Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) f...

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