Nevada District Courts

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The Nevada District Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in the Nevada state court system.

In the District Courts "criminal, civil, family, and juvenile matters are generally resolved through arbitration, mediation, and bench or jury trials." [1]

The District Courts also hear appeals from the limited jurisdiction state courts, which are the 17 Municipal Courts (which handle involving traffic ticket and misdemeanor violations of ordinances occurring within the city limits of incorporated municipalities) and the 45 Justice Courts (which handle misdemeanor crime and traffic matters, small claims, evictions, and other civil matters in which the amount in controversy is less than $10,000, as well as felony and gross misdemeanor arraignments and preliminary hearings to determine if sufficient evidence exists for a trial in the District Court).

Appeals from the Nevada District Courts go to the Supreme Court of Nevada, which is the state supreme court. Unlike most other states, there are no intermediate appellate courts in Nevada.

There are 78 judges sitting in ten district courts, each covering one or more of Nevada's 16 counties and one independent city:

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