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What Changes Do You Expect When Nevada Justice Court Jurisdiction Increases From $10,000 To $15,000 In January 2017?

Las Vegas Regional Justice CenterThe 2015 Nevada Legislature increased the state courts’ jurisdictional limits.  Assembly Bill 66 saw the jurisdictional limit in small claims increase from $7,500 to $10,000.  That change took effect on October 1, 2015.  NRS 73.010.

The same bill increased the jurisdictional limit of Nevada’s Justice of the Peace courts.  Since 2003, the jurisdictional limit had been set $10,000.  Assembly Bill 66 increased the jurisdictional limit to $15,000.  NRS 4.370 (1).  These changes take effect on January 1, 2017.

Changes to the Justice Court’s jurisdiction automatically affect the jurisdiction of Nevada’s District Courts.  Article 6, section 6 of the Nevada Constitution states that “[t]he District Courts in the several Judicial Districts of this State have original jurisdiction in all cases excluded by law from the original jurisdiction of justice’s courts.”  (Emphasis added.)  Thus, in situations where the Justice Courts have jurisdiction, the District Courts do not.  [Continue reading]

A Tale of Two Lawsuits.

Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass or Bonaparte Crossing the Alp

It was the best of times for Nevada Direct Insurance Company. It was the worst of times for injured parties Michael and Sharon Smith. You see, the Smiths were hurt in an auto accident with a Nevada Direct policyholder Kuperman. Nevada Direct tried … [Continue reading]

The Immense Sacrifice Of Our Fallen Heroes Must Always Be Remembered . . .

Arlington National Cemetery in Memorial day

“Was it worth it?” This is a question, sometimes politically-loaded, that is often asked of family members and war buddies of our Fallen Heroes. Marine Corps General John Kelly recently offered a unique perspective. A veteran of Iraq and … [Continue reading]

What do Mike Mills, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Independent Counsel Have in Common?

Stack of chocolate peanut butter cup on black background.

As reported a few weeks ago, your favorite Nevada Insurance, Coverage and Trucking law blogger, Mike Mills of Bauman, Lowe, Witt and Maxwell was asked to present at the annual Defense Research Institute (DRI) annual Insurance Claims and Coverage … [Continue reading]

Eat Lunch with the Judges and Improve Your Practice

Free Lunch

Who says that there is no free lunch?  On the second Tuesday of every month in Courtroom 15D or 15B at 12:05 PM, lunch is free and the conversation is lively at the Civil Bench Bar meetings.  The Nevada office of Bauman Loewe Witt & Maxwell had … [Continue reading]