The Court of Appeals in Nevada is the intermediate appellate court for the state. It was established on November 4, 2014, which amended Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution. The Nevada Court of Appeals hears about one-third of all the cases submitted to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals was created to take some of the caseload off the Supreme Court. According to the state’s judicial branch website, they felt that “justice delayed is justice denied.” Therefore, they created the Court of Appeals to speed up the processing of appeals in the state.
The Court of Appeals is not a trial court and does not hold fact-finding proceedings. The Supreme Court assigns three judges to a panel, and they review a previous case to determine if any errors were made in how the law was applied. Most opinions filed by the Court of Appeals become final. The Supreme Court re-reviews very few cases that are appealed from this level.
There are three justices that sit on the Court of Appeals. One is appointed as Chief Justice, and he or she has additional administrative and supervisory responsibilities along with sitting on the panel to review cases.
The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over criminal appeals, civil appeals ($25,00 or less), probate appeals (less than $5,430,000), and appeals from administrative agencies. Some more serious felonies that carry the death penalty will go directly to the Supreme Court.
The Nevada Judicial Branch website has extensive resources for anyone appealing a case. They supply all the forms necessary for filing. They have contact information for the Clerk’s Office to obtain information and keep communication open. They also post recent opinions and oral argument schedules online so that the public may attend.
Nevada’s Court of Appeals sees approximately 1200-1300 cases per year.