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How cases are directed to the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court

If your legal goals were not met when you went before a Nevada district court, you may be curious about whether or not your case would be heard by the appellate or Supreme Court if you appeal. We at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., are familiar with the state's statutes regarding the appellate system and how they apply to a variety of case types.

The Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure explain that certain cases are heard and decided by the Court of Appeals. These include tort case judgments of values below the current limit; the relevant amount does not include interest, court costs or attorney fees. Other legal matters heard by the appellate court involving the following:

  • Family law matters (except cases involving termination of parental rights)
  • Venue challenges
  • Challenges involving injunctive relief
  • Trust and estate matters involving values lower than the current limit
  • Statutory lien matters
  • Certain administrative agency appeals

Pretrial writ proceeding challenges and appeals regarding foreclosure mediation may also be directed to the Court of Appeals. 

Many of the cases that move directly to the Supreme Court involve serious criminal matters. Cases may also be heard by the Supreme Court if they involve the discipline of a judge or attorney, or the reinstatement, suspension or resignation of an attorney. Government disputes, business court cases, election issues, compelled arbitration denials and the termination of parental rights may also be directed to the Supreme Court. 

Other factors may apply in determining which court will hear a case, as well, including the current workload of each. More information about the Nevada appeals court system is available on our webpage.


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