Nevada Court Records

What is Included in Nevada Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Nevada Court Record Lookup

Nevada NV court records are public record, available to anyone who makes a request. If you were involved in a court case in Nevada you may want a copy of a record to complete a course of action such as collecting a judgement, securing an inheritance, finding Nevada criminal records, establishing child custody, or clearing one’s driving record. They can be obtained by performing a Nevada court records search.

Limited jurisdiction courts

Municipal courts do not conduct jury trials. These Nevada courthouses only have responsibility for violations of local ordinances.

Justice courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses, small claims, civil lawsuits under $15,000 value, and preliminary hearings on felony cases.

Crimes and legal disputes that take place on sovereign Native American land within Nevada are heard by tribal courts.

Trial courts

The state’s district courts are located in 11 districts and have jurisdiction over felony offenses, civil lawsuits, and family concerns, such as cases of Nevada child support and custody. Two districts have separate family court divisions.

Specialty courts have been created to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in the legal system and to connect them with treatment options. There are 42 specialty courts within Nevada’s judiciary, including for DUI, drugs, mental health, veterans, and prostitution.

Records of court proceedings are public document and can be found by Nevada court record lookup. Some records may be restricted by confidentiality laws, including those of juvenile court cases and those that name certain crime victims.

Court statistics show that the trial court’s caseload has fallen from a high of around 40,000 in 2009 to 30,000 or below while family cases have risen from near 60,000 filed in 2008 to around 80,000 about 10 years later. Family cases comprise 60 percent of trial court business.

Appellate courts

The state’s intermediate appeals court was created in 2015 to hear cases from lower courts that remain in dispute. Three justices sit on the bench of the state appeals court.

The state supreme court hears selected cases from lower courts a well as questions of the constitutionality of laws.

U.S. District Courts

There is at least one federal court in each state with jurisdiction over violations of federal law, bankruptcy cases, and lawsuits that span more than one state.  Anyone can access Nevada court records online via Nevada court case lookup.

Nevada Notable Court Cases

One of the most famous cases originating in Nevada's judicial system is that of State v. Millain, which occurred in 1867. In this case, the state charged a man with the murder of Virginia City's most notorious prostitute, Julia Bullette. He was convicted and subsequently executed publicly. Perhaps most interesting is that Mark Twain was known to have attended the trial.

In State v. Kuhl (1918), a murderer was convicted after a bloody palm print was allowed to be submitted in court as evidence against the defendant. The murder took place during the last known stagecoach robbery in the U.S.

In 1915, four years after the last Indian Battle in the U.S., courts upheld that members of a posse which captured a group of Shoshone Indians to collect a reward for returning Shoshone Mike to the government were well within their rights.


Nevada Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 167,131
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 5,685
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 98%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 9,798

Civil Caseloads for Nevada, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 785,990 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 5,685 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 98% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has increased since 2012, being 167,131 vs. 153,808, which is by -8.7 % lower than 5 years ago. A different picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s higher compared to 2012, by -9.2% being 163,637 compared to 149,899.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 10,037 cases a year to 9,798 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has also seen a change and has reached $10,000 in 2016 compared to the $7,500 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 333 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 364 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 18.5% for the state of Nevada for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Nevada sum in 201,920 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 68% of misdemeanor and 32% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have increased in Nevada compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 168,224 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -19% and +7% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 56,575 cases which is 1,924 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 2,711 for the last 5 years, being 59,286 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Washington's BirthdayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veteran's Day (Obseved)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates