The Supreme Court of Nevada
is the state supreme court
. It is the highest judicial body
of the Nevada state government
There are seven Justices of the court, who are elected to six-year terms in officially nonpartisan elections. The Governor
appoints Justices in the case of a vacancy. The most senior justice becomes Chief Justice for a two-year term.
The Court hears appeals
from the Nevada District Courts
When Nevada established its statehood in 1864, three justices were elected to the Supreme Court for a term of 6 years. This was increased to five justices in 1967 and to seven justices in 1997.
Despite a tremendous population boom in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Nevada has never established an intermediate appellate court like the vast majority of U.S. states. Numerous attempts have failed due to a powerful cultural tradition among Nevada residents of keeping the state government and their tax burden as small as possible. The result has been extremely severe congestion at the appellate level, as all appeals must be processed through the state supreme court. The alternative would be to have no
right to appeal, since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that appeal is not a constitutional right,Smith v. Robbins
, 528 U.S. 259, 270 n.5 (2000) ("he Constitution does not . . . require states to create appellate review in the first place"); M.L.B. v. S.L.J.
, 519 U.S. 102, 110 (1996) ("the Federal... Read More