Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Carson City - Full Court

Docket Number: 75917
Carson City - 11:00A.M. - Full Court

These are two certified questions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pursuant to Nevada Rule of Appellate Procedure (NRAP) 5 regarding Nevada’s public trust doctrine.


The two certified questions are: (1) Does the public trust doctrine apply to rights already adjudicated and settled under the doctrine of prior appropriation and, if so, to what extent? (2) If the public trust doctrine applies and allows for reallocation of rights settled under the doctrine of prior appropriation, does the abrogation of such adjudicated or vested rights constitute a "taking" under the Nevada Constitution requiring payment of just compensation?


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