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Methods of Judicial Selection: Nevada

Judicial Nominating Commissions

When a midterm vacancy occurs on the supreme court or the district court, the governor appoints a judge from a list of three nominees submitted by the commission on judicial selection, which was established by the Nevada State Constitution, Article 6, Section 20.  There is a permanent commission to identify candidates to fill supreme court vacancies. The permanent commission is composed of the chief justice or a designated associate justice, three lawyers appointed by the board of governors of the State Bar of Nevada, and three nonlawyers appointed by the governor. Of the members appointed by the state bar and by the governor, none may reside in the same county and no more than two may be members of the same political party. Member serve four-year terms. Click here to view the rules of the commission on judicial selection.  The documents and forms pertaining to the commission can be found here.

A temporary commission is assembled to recommend candidates for district court vacancies. The temporary commission consists of the members of the permanent commission; a lawyer resident of the judicial district in which the vacancy occurs, appointed by the board of governors of the state bar; and a nonlawyer resident of that judicial district, appointed by the governor.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $14,247 (2006)
  • $12,601 (2005)
  • $15,074 (2004)