Nevada Legal Overview
The highest court in Nevada is the Supreme Court of Nevada, which has a Chief Justice and six other justices elected for six year terms. There is no other appellate court in Nevada. More than 2,000 annual appeals from the District Courts are heard directly by the Supreme Court. The District Courts are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction. There are 51 district court judges across the nine judicial districts, also elected for six year terms. These judges also hear appeals from courts with limited jurisdiction such as the 17 Municipal courts and the 45 Justice Courts.
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1. Capital punishment is legal in Nevada and the death penalty is administered via lethal injection only. Court cases originating in the Nevada courts have produced landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings on individual and professional rights and responsibilities. In Godinez v. Moran (1993), the court ruled that defendants competent enough to stand trial should be considered equally competent to plead guilty and waive all their trial rights including the right to counsel. In Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada (1991), the court reversed the Supreme Court of Nevada's judgment and upheld First Amendment free speech rights for lawyers.
2. The death of an employee at a golf mine in Nevada is being blamed on careless of neglect of Newmont USA and its tire contractor to take the proper precautions necessary to safeguard workers from toxic chemicals.
3. A business group in Nevada filed a legal claim that challenges the legality of imposing a specific type of margins tax, stating that it is incomplete, deceptive, and violates a single-subject regulation for ballet measures.
Trending Nevada Legal Topics: A voluntary Nevada Bar Association was founded in 1911. The integrated State Bar of Nevada was founded in 1928 by order of the Supreme Court of Nevada. It is now compulsory for Nevada's 6,730 odd lawyers to be State Bar members. The State Bar has more than 10,000 members now, with a majority residing in Clark County which includes Las Vegas. Bar exams are administered and applications processed by the State Bar of Nevada's admissions department under the supervision of the 14-member Board of Bar Examiners. The State Bar has an office in both Las Vegas and Reno.