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The state Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the state and hears about one-third of all cases that are sent to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court assigns three judges to a panel in the Court of Appeals to hear cases and review trial details from the lower courts. Both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are located in Carson City but also have a courthouse in Las Vegas.
Most interaction between patrons and court staff when dealing with either appellate court will first go through the Court Clerk's Office. According to Nevada's Judicial Branch website, "In addition to being the custodian of the courts' records, the clerk keeps the courts' dockets, schedules oral arguments, and issues writs at the direction of the courts. The Clerk's Office also administers the Settlement Program and oversees the courts' publications." The clerk of court also answers patron questions and handles records requests.
The state has all their court documents dating back to 1990 online, searchable and accessible by the general public. Some records, however, will remain private and will not be open to the public. Examples of files that are not accessible are sealed domestic records, sealed civil and criminal cases, and any expunged or juvenile records will also not be available to the public. Additionally, the federal government prohibits certain information from being included in records that are open to the public. Therefore, things like children's names, corporate trade secrets, bank account details, tax IDs, and social security numbers will be removed from the files before they are made public.
The state's Judiciary Branch website (nevada.gov) is well organized for the end-user and makes it easy for litigants to find the forms they need quickly, research topics about their case, find instructions, guides, and court rules, locate case numbers, and even file online. This state allows filing documents through the mail, in person at the courthouse or online 24/7 using their e-filing system called EFlex. The Nevada Supreme Court Law Library has a listing of all the forms necessary to file motions, briefs, objections and other documents for a court case. They have them separated for self-represented individuals and attorneys to download.
The state of Nevada court records are quick and easy to find using Infotracer’s search tool! With it, you can access thousands of court cases in the Silver State, including places like Clark County, Washoe County, and Lyon County. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and NV Open Records Act N.R.S. 239 et seq., the public is allowed access to Infotracer’s vast database including criminal records, civil cases, state property records, view child support issues, family court issues such as divorce, bankruptcies, and more.
Any case search may be performed privately without special permission or information. The person searching doesn’t even need a reason to search except in cases where the record is court-ordered private or confidential by law. Some records cannot be accessed, such as juvenile records.
Using Infotracer and state records search by name, users can get free instant access to NV public records from all 11 judicial districts. Quickly and easily look up cases online from NV district courts, justice courts, and municipal courts.
In 2012, the Nevada courts received 963,224 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 6.0% and counted 905,147 filings and had 838,576 outgoing cases
Domestic relations caseload of Nevada at year end of 2016 has decreased by 4.6% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 59,286 but are higher than in 2015.
|Domestic Relations Caseload
|Total Statewide Caseload
The number of criminal cases in Nevada courts counts to 201,708, with 63,622 felony cases and 138,086 misdemeanors accordingly.
The District Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. They handle civil, criminal, family, and juvenile cases. The state is divided into eleven judicial districts. The Silver State has 82 District judges that serve 17 counties. Each is elected into office and can serve in any district throughout the state. These courts may hold jury trials, use a bench trial (where the judge decides the verdict) or use mediation and arbitration to resolve matters. This court hears appeals from both Justice and Municipal Courts. Funding for these courts come from the state and counties.
The Justice Courts are limited jurisdiction trial courts governed by the NV Revised Statutes. Most cases in the state end up in either Justice or Municipal Courts. There are 67 Justices of the Peace in the Silver State that sit in 42 courts including the Las Vegas Justice Court. These courts handle preliminary hearings for felonies, non-traffic misdemeanors, small claims cases, summary evictions, temporary protection orders, and traffic violations. They also handle civil claims of less than $10,000. These courts are funded by the county in which it resides. Eight of the court judges also serve Municipalities.
Municipal Courts are also limited jurisdiction trial courts for the state. They hear a massive volume of cases because most traffic violations end up here. They also resolve non-traffic misdemeanors, parking violations, and other local ordinance crimes. The state has 30 judges spread over 17 Municipal locations. These courts also hear civil actions, tort cases, contract disputes, and real property rights cases. These courts are funded entirely from the city in which they reside. They share eight judges with the Justice Courts.