The 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]