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Judicial Council Overview

The Judicial Council of the State of Nevada has expanded its role as an administrative arm of the judiciary, developing policies for the improvement of the court system and making recommendations to be considered by the Nevada Supreme Court.

The Judicial Council is comprised of 16 judges from across the state at every level, with the Supreme Court Chief Justice as ex-officio chairperson. There are five Regional Judicial Councils where members meet independently. Together these councils form the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada.

Committees include: 

LEGISLATION AND RULES with a mission to promote and support a coordinated legislative strategy for the Judicial Branch concerning legislation that affects the Nevada Judiciary and makes recommendations to the Judicial Council regarding court rules for submission to the Supreme Court for approval.

JUDICIAL EDUCATION with a mission to promote the competency and professionalism of the Nevada judiciary and staff through a comprehensive system of education.

TECHNOLOGY with a mission to promote and facilitate the application of technology to the work of the courts and promote the coordination, collaboration and integration of technology efforts between the judiciary and state and local governments.

COURT ADMINISTRATION with a mission to promote excellence in court administration throughout the state by considering the business and problems pertaining to the delivery of judicial services and to make recommendations for its improvement to the Judicial Council.

COURT INTERPRETERS with a mission to conduct ongoing assessments of Nevada's Certified Court Interpreter Program in order to make recommendations to the Court Administrator for improvements to the program.

THE STANDARDIZED PROTECTION ORDER FORMS COMMITTEE reviews and conducts ongoing assessments of Nevada's standardized Protection Order Forms involving Domestic Violence, Stalking/Harassment, Violence in the Workplace, Protection of Children and Sexual Assault. The Committee reviews and revises the standardized forms when new or amended legislation affects the forms. The Committee also recommends legislation or court rules regarding issues involving Protection Orders to the Judicial Council, who may recommend the proposal for approval by the Nevada Supreme Court.

To pursue its goals, the Judicial Council recommends legislation or court rules to the Nevada Supreme Court and reviews legislation proposals from the Nevada Judges Association and Nevada District Judges Association

The five Regional Judicial Councils are:

  • Sierra Region (First, Third and Ninth Judicial Districts)
  • Washoe Region (Second Judicial District)
  • North Central Region (Fourth and Sixth Judicial Districts)
  • South Central Region (Fifth and Seventh Judicial Districts)
  • Clark Region (Eight Judicial Districts)

Each Regional Judicial Council is composed of one district judge, who is the chairperson, and one limited jurisdiction judge. The Clark Region, the state's most populous, has two additional district judges and two limited jurisdiction judges as members. The Washoe Region, encompassing the state's second most populous region, has one additional limited jurisdiction judge. Limited jurisdiction judges are justices of the peace or municipal judges.

Regional Judicial Council meetings are open to all judges in the region and every judge has a vote on regional matters.

Regional Judicial Councils

  1. Sierra Region (First, Third and Ninth Judicial Districts)
  2. Washoe Region (Second Judicial District)
  3. North Central Region (Fourth and Sixth Judicial Districts)
  4. South Central Region (Fifth and Seventh Judicial Districts)
  5. Clark Region (Eighth Judicial District)