Courts in Nevada
The Courts in Nevada include the state court system and two federal courts.
The District Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction. They have general jurisdiction over all legal disputes and sometimes hear appeals from the Justice and Municipal Courts.
- The Family Division of the District Court in Clark County handles "divorce, annulment, child custody, visitation rights, child support, spousal support, community property division, name changes, adoption, and abuse and neglect".
The Justice Courts courts deal with cases involving misdemeanor, traffic, small claims, evictions and civil cases less than $10,000. They also may hold preliminary hearings for the District Courts.
The Municipal Courts deal with traffic and city ordinance violations.
Appeals from these courts go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Proposed changes to the court system
Senate Joint Resolution No. 14, which will appear on the Nevada ballot, proposes to create an intermediate appellate court. For more information, see: Ballotpedia: Nevada Creation of a State Intermediate Appellate Court, SJR 14 (2014)