Supreme Court Creates Guardianship Commission

9/1/2015 3:15:00 PM

The Nevada Supreme Court has issued an order creating a Commission to Study the Administration of Guardianships in Nevada's Courts. The Commission is expected to make its recommendations to the Supreme Court by December 31, 2015.


Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty will serve as chairperson and will appoint the Commission members. The Supreme Court’s Order limits the membership to no more than 20 representatives from the public and private guardianship system and includes:

  • A District Court Judge from the Second Judicial District and the Eighth Judicial District responsible for the guardianship docket;
  • A District Court Judge from one of the other 9 judicial districts;
  • At least one member each from the Nevada Senate and Assembly;
  • At least one representative from either the Senior Law Project, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, or Nevada Legal Services;
  • A representative from the State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division;
  • At least two attorneys who regularly represent guardianships in Nevada;
  • A member of the press who has reported on guardianship issues;
  • A public guardian;
  • A representative of the private guardianship industry; and,
  • Two representatives from facilities that provide assisted-care services under the supervision of a court-appointed guardian.

Chief Justice Hardesty can also make other appropriate appointments to the Commission as necessary. Commission members will assist in hearing testimony, writing proposed rules, and developing a new model for Nevada guardianships.

According to the order, found at http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=35785, the Commission will review the processes for creating guardianships and conservatorships, stakeholder accountability, court documentation and tracking, judicial training, and any resources available or needed to assist Nevada's courts in administrating guardianships.

All Nevada guardianships are administered by Nevada's courts pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 159, which will be reviewed by the Commission along with court rules, policies, and procedures.

A series of public hearings are expected with a final recommendation due to the Supreme Court by the end of December.