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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Nevada

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 4 of Nevada's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:

  • Knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, make any false or misleading statement.
  • Make any statement that would reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a matter pending or impending in any court.
  • In connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.

Judicial candidates are permitted to personally solicit and accept campaign contributions and personally solicit publicly stated support. However, candidates are encouraged to form committees to solicit and accept contributions and conduct campaigns. Judicial candidates may also identify themselves as members of a political party upon request.

Candidates who are not opposed in an election must not solicit or accept campaign contributions, either personally or through a committee. Candidates who are opposed and their committees may solicit or accept contributions no earlier than 5 p.m. on the last day for filing a declaration of candidacy for judicial office and no later than 90 days after the last election in which the candidate participates during the election year. (In 2007, the legislature moved the two-week filing period for judicial candidates from May to the first two weeks of January.)