Nevada judicial elections
|Supreme Court||District Court||Justice of the Peace Courts|
|Non-partisan election - 6 year terms||Non-partisan election - 6 year terms||Non-partisan election - 6 year terms|
The primary is held on the second Tuesday in June in even-numbered years.
In the non-partisan primary, the two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes advance to the general election. Though Nevada has a closed primary system, where voters may only vote for members of their own political party, this does not impact the judicial elections, which are non-partisan. Voters registered with either major party, or those who are not registered with any political party, may still vote for all judicial candidates in the primaries.
If there are only two candidates who file to run for any one seat, they skip the primary and compete only in the general election.
If only one candidate files for election to any one seat, he or she must still appear on the primary ballot. They then only need at least one vote in the primary to be elected to office without appearing on the general election ballot.
This does not apply to supreme court candidates. Unopposed supreme court candidates skip the primary and appear on the general election ballot.
Only candidates in contested elections may accept campaign contributions; unopposed judicial candidates may not.
The filing deadline for judicial candidates is 5 p.m. on the second Friday after the first Monday in January.
If zero or one person files to run for a seat in the primary election, latecomers have a chance to enter the general election if they file between "8 a.m. on the third Monday in June" and "5 p.m. on the fourth Friday in June."
- 2007, 2009: A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was rejected by voters which: 1) would have required a public review of judges by a performance evaluation commission prior to a retention election and 2) would have increased the percentage of "yes" votes required for a retention to 55%.
- 1994, 1996: In both these years, a constitutional initiative to impose term limits on judges was rejected by about 70% of voters. The measure would have forbid judges from being elected to the same court twice or more than once if they had previously served on the court.
- 1864: Nevada became a state and the Nevada Constitution was passed, which mandated the election of supreme and district court judges.
The Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct states, regarding elections (Canon 4, Rule 4.1):
|“|| (A) Except as permitted by law, or by Rules 4.2 and 4.4, a judge or a judicial candidate shall not:
(B) A judge or judicial candidate shall take reasonable measures to ensure that other persons do not undertake, on behalf of the judge or judicial candidate, any activities prohibited under paragraph (A).
(C) Except as prohibited by law, a judge or judicial candidate subject to public election may at any time:
—Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 4, Rule 4.1
The "Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics" was created in 1998 to oversee and issue advisory opinions relating to judicial conduct in various areas, including elections.
Lists of candidates for statewide offices are posted on the Nevada Secretary of State website after the filing deadline. Candidates can also be found on county websites and in local newspapers.
Statewide results are posted on the Secretary of State website, while county results can be found on the county election websites and in newspapers.
- Nevada judicial elections, 2014
- Nevada judicial elections, 2012
- Nevada judicial elections, 2010
- Nevada Supreme Court elections, 2006-2010
- American Judicature Society, "Nevada judicial selection overview," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 293.175 Section 1," accessed May 1, 2014
- Clark County Nevada: Election: How Party Affiliation Affects You in Elections
- Nevada Office of Secretary of State: Notice of Offices for Which Candidates Will Be Nominated at the June 10, 2014 Primary Election
- Nevada Revised Statutes, "Chapter 293.260 Section 4(b)," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Revised Statutes, "Chapter 293.260 Section 5(a) and (b)," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State: 2014 Nevada Judicial Election Calendar
- Nevada Revised Statutes, "Chapter 293.177 Section 1(a)," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Revised Statutes, "Chapter 293.165 Section 2," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Legislature," "The Constitution of the State of Nevada, Article 6," accessed May 1, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline, "Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 4, Rule 4.1," accessed May 1, 2014
- Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline, "Introduction to the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics," accessed May 1, 2014