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Nevada Supreme Court
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Court information
Justices:   7
Founded:   1864
Location:   Carson City, Nevada
Salary
Chief:  $170,000
Associates:  $170,000
Judicial selection
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
Active justices

Kris Pickering  •  Mark Gibbons  •  Ron Parraguirre  •  James Hardesty  •  Michael Cherry  •  Michael Douglas  •  Nancy Saitta  •  

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The Supreme Court of Nevada is the highest judicial body in the state.

Justices

The current justices of the court are:
JudgeTermSelected by
Justice Kris Pickering2008-2014
Chief justice Mark Gibbons2002-2014
Justice Ron Parraguirre2004-2016
Justice James Hardesty2005-2016
Justice Michael Cherry2006-2018
Justice Michael Douglas2004-2019Gov. Kenny Guinn
Justice Nancy Saitta2006-2019


Chief justice

The Chief Justice is chosen according to seniority, and terms are two years. In the case of two eligible justices, the Chief Justices is determined by lot.

Past Chief Justices

Jurisdiction

Because Nevada does not have an intermediate appellate court, it is the court of last resort. The Nevada Supreme Court determines all appeals from the district courts.[4]

Judicial selection

Each justice of the seven justices are elected to six-year terms. In the case of a vacancy, the responsibility goes to the Governor to fill by appointment.[5]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan outlook of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 were more liberal. The state Supreme Court of Nevada was given a Campaign finance score (CFscore) which was calculated for judges in October 2012. At that time, Nevada received a score of -0.22. Based on the justices selected, Nevada was the 19th most liberal court. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice but rather, an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

Qualifications

To be a qualified candidate, the person must be a resident of the state for at least two years, must be at least 25 years old at the time of the election, and licensed and admitted to practice law in either Nevada or any other state in the United States for at least 15 years. Two of these years must have been spent practicing in Nevada.[7] To file with the Secretary of State to become an official candidate to the Supreme Court of Nevada, the fee is $300.[8]

Caseloads

Fiscal Year Filings Dispositions
2012 2,500 2,270
2011 2,395 2,220
2010 2,266 2,419
2009 2,152 2,167
2008 2,238 1,959
2007 2,132 2,193

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Notable decisions

Ethics

Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

In December 2013, the Center for Public Integrity released a study on disclosure requirements for state supreme court judges. Analysts from the Center reviewed the rules governing financial disclosure in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as personal financial disclosures for the past three years. The study found that 42 states and Washington D.C. received failing grades. Nevada earned a grade of F in the study. No state received a grade higher than "C". Furthermore, due in part to these lax disclosure standards, the study found 35 instances of questionable gifts, investments overlapping with caseloads and similar potential ethical quandaries. The study also noted 14 cases in which justices participated although they or their spouses held stock in the company involved in the litigation.[11]

History of the court

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Nevada Supreme Courthouse

Upon statehood, the constitution of Nevada provided three justices to the Supreme Court. This was increased twice, once in 1967 from three to five justices, and again in 1997 to seven.[12]

The first justices of the Nevada Supreme Court were appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the Territorial Supreme Court in 1861. Three years later, when Nevada became a state, the constitution called for three justices to be elected to six year terms.[13]

Notable firsts

See also

External links

References

2014

Unopposed  Judge Kris Pickering (Seat B)
Unopposed  Judge Mark Gibbons (Seat D)

2010

See also: 2010 State Supreme Court elections

James Hardesty was uncontested in his bid to retain his seat.

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2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
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Ron Parraguirre was uncontested in his bid to retain his seat.

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2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
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2008

See also: State Supreme Court elections, 2008

Incumbent Mark Gibbons defeated challenger Thomas Christensen.

Nevada Supreme Court
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Mark Gibbons BallotCheckMark.png n/a 55%
Thomas Christensen n/a 25%

Deborah Schumacher and Mary Pickering competed to fill the vacancy left by retiring judge A. William Maupin. Pickering succeeded with 42% of the vote.

Nevada Supreme Court
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Mary Pickering BallotCheckMark.png n/a 42%
Deborah Schumacher n/a 39%

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