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State of Nevada

Methods of Judicial Selection: Nevada

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 7
District Court: 72
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: ---
District Court: 9
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
District Court: district
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: nonpartisan election
District Court: nonpartisan election
Length of Term
Supreme Court: 6 yrs
District Court: 6 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: reelection
District Court: reelection
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 6 yrs
District Court: 6 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: next general election; serve for remainder of unexpired term
District Court: next general election; serve for remainder of unexpired term
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: rotates by seniority
District Court: peer vote*
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 2 yrs
District Court: 2 yrs*
Qualifications
Supreme Court: qualified elector; 2 yrs state resident; minimum age of 25; licensed and admitted to practice law in NV; 15 yrs licensed attorney, at least 2 in NV
District Court: qualified elector; 2 yrs state resident; district resident; minimum age of 25; licensed and admitted to practice law in NV; 10 yrs licensed attorney, at least 2 in NV

Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution.

*A chief judge is required in districts with a population of 100,000 or more, and in such districts, chief judges are chosen by peer vote. In other districts, a chief judge may be selected as needed.