Justice courts in Nevada have jurisdiction over numerous types of civil cases where the amount at issue does not exceed $15,000 (NRS 4.370), including, among others:
- Contracts for money or actions upon bonds
- Injuries to people or property or to recover personal property
- Cases between landlords and tenants for eviction (click to visit Evictions & Housing)
- Lawsuits on mechanic's liens or liens on storage facilities
- Protective orders against domestic violence, stalking, or workplace harassment (click to visit Harassment & Protection)
- Lawsuits on mobile home liens
If the amount of money claimed in a case is less than $10,000, the case is for money only, and the person or company being sued (the "defendant") (1) is a resident of, (2) does business in, or (3) is employed in the township where the action is filed, the case can be filed as a small claims case and heard by a justice of the peace. (NRS 73.010.) Click to visit Small Claims.
The justice courts also handle misdemeanor crime and traffic matters. The justices of the peace also preside over felony and gross misdemeanor arraignments and conduct preliminary hearings to determine if sufficient evidence exists to hold criminals for trial at district court.
Court procedure in the justice courts is governed by the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure. The Las Vegas Justice Court has an additional set of rules called the Local Rules of Practice for the Las Vegas Justice Court.
Justice courts in Clark County are organized by township (for example, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, etc.). Hours and days of operation, filing procedures, and the like, might vary from court to court, so you should visit a particular justice court's website to get more information about that court or to look up your case.
Click on one of the justice court's below to visit that court's website: