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Criticism of early Nevada judges
Mormon judges in the Great Basin were accused of mixing church and state thus making it hard for any man to obtain justice in the courts. Judges were also accused of being unable to handle the numerous minning claims. There wasn't enough staff to deal with the issues and as a result witnesses and jurors were being bribed by mining companies to win support. There was also a sruggle of power between William Stewart and John North. During 1864-1984 candidates running for district court judge and the supreme court were accused of conflict of interest and unethical behavior.
The structure of the Nevada judiciary (93)
The court system functions to interpret state laws and provisions and penalize those who violate them. There are 3 levels of the court system 1)appellate court (Nevada Supreme Court) 2)courts of general jurisdiction (Nevada district courts) 3)courts of limited jurisdiction (justice and municipal courts)
How the Nevada Supreme Court operates (93-96)
The Supreme Court is of last resort and its decisions are final, except when a federal issue is involved. The court is made of 7 justices that sit in 2 panels of 3. The Northern panel sits in Carson City and the Southern panel sits in Las Vegas. The justices sit as a group (en banc) to hear important cases. The court has original and appellate jurisdiction. The appellate has most of the workload. The court hears appeals coming from the state's district courts and is restricted to hearing only questions of law and not fact. The court is also restricted from giving opinions or hearing cases involving arguable issues. Justices are not allowed to hear evidence,witnesses, or testimony.
Nevada jury decision-making
Criminal-trial juries have to be unanimous to reach a verdict while civil juries can do so with only a 3/4 decision.
Disciplining judges in Nevada (98-99)
Nevada has a state Commission on Judicial Discipline. It has 7 members: 2 judges or justices, 2 members of the state board of Nevada, and 3 laypeople. The commission is allowed to fine judges, prohibit them from running again, require them to issue public apologies, and force them to enter counseling or training programs. They are also allowed to issue public reprimands. Any sanctions against a judge must be made public. Judges can also be removed from office through recall and impeachment.