[Rev. 11/21/2013 8:55:03 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 3 - DISTRICT COURTS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 3.001               Definitions.

NRS 3.002               “Chief Judge” defined.

NRS 3.004               “Department of the family court” defined.

NRS 3.006               “Family court” defined.

NRS 3.008               “Jurisdiction of the family court” defined.

COURTS AND JUDGES

NRS 3.010               Judicial districts: Number; constitution.

NRS 3.0105             Establishment of family court in county whose population is 100,000 or more; assignment of judges; required instruction.

NRS 3.0107             Imposition of ad valorem tax authorized for support of family court.

NRS 3.011               Number of district judges for First Judicial District.

NRS 3.012               Number of district judges for Second Judicial District who are not family court judges.

NRS 3.0125             Number of district judges for Second Judicial District who are family court judges.

NRS 3.013               Number of district judges for Third Judicial District.

NRS 3.014               Number of district judges for Fourth Judicial District.

NRS 3.015               Number of district judges for Fifth Judicial District.

NRS 3.016               Number of district judges for Sixth Judicial District.

NRS 3.017               Number of district judges for Seventh Judicial District.

NRS 3.018               Number of district judges for Eighth Judicial District who are not family court judges.

NRS 3.0185             Number of district judges for Eighth Judicial District who are family court judges.

NRS 3.019               Number of district judges for Ninth Judicial District.

NRS 3.0195             Number of district judges for Tenth Judicial District.

NRS 3.020               Judicial districts with more than one judge: Concurrent jurisdiction of judges.

NRS 3.025               Chief Judge in certain judicial districts: Selection; duties; assignment of certain cases to same department of family court.

NRS 3.026               Chief Judge in certain judicial districts: Additional duties.

NRS 3.027               Courses of instruction: General requirements; payment of costs.

NRS 3.028               Courses of instruction: Required attendance at course designed for training new judges of juvenile courts and family courts; payment of costs.

NRS 3.029               Training concerning complex issues of medical malpractice litigation.

NRS 3.030               Salary.

NRS 3.040               Ex officio circuit judges; powers of Chief Justice to expedite judicial business.

NRS 3.060               Qualifications.

NRS 3.070               Resignation.

NRS 3.080               Vacancy filled by Governor; term.

NRS 3.090               Pensions. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date through June 30, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are not approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.090               Pensions. [Effective January 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.090               Pensions. [Effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are not approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.090               Pensions. [Effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.092               Retirement because of incapacity, disability or advanced age. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date unless the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.092               Retirement because of incapacity, disability or advanced age. [Effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

NRS 3.095               Benefits for surviving spouse.

NRS 3.097               Benefits for surviving child.

NRS 3.098               Benefits for survivor beneficiary and additional payees.

NRS 3.099               Application and administration of provisions concerning pensions, retirement and benefits.

NRS 3.100               District court to be held at county seat; exceptions; courtroom, office and facilities to be provided by county.

NRS 3.110               Request for military aid to assist civil authorities in suppressing violence.

NRS 3.120               District judge not to practice law.

NRS 3.130               Acceptance of gratuity in connection with marriage unlawful.

NRS 3.140               Absence from State; forfeiture of office.

NRS 3.150               Power to take and certify acknowledgments and affidavits.

NRS 3.155               Use of facsimile signature: Conditions and restrictions.

NRS 3.160               Missing volumes of Statutes of Nevada and Nevada Reports to be supplied.

NRS 3.170               Signing of records left unsigned by predecessor.

NRS 3.180               Performance of certain acts in civil actions after term expires or cessation of exercise of duties.

NRS 3.220               Equal coextensive and concurrent jurisdiction.

NRS 3.221               Transfer of original jurisdiction to justice court.

NRS 3.223               Jurisdiction of family courts.

NRS 3.225               Family court to encourage resolution of certain disputes through nonadversarial methods; cooperation to provide support services.

NRS 3.227               Information form for family court: Development; contents; use.

NRS 3.230               Statements upon matters of fact.

NRS 3.240               Written decisions.

NRS 3.241               Ruling that provision of Nevada Constitution or Nevada Revised Statutes is unconstitutional: Prevailing party to provide copy of ruling to Attorney General.

NRS 3.243               Report of certain statistical information to be submitted to Court Administrator.

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

NRS 3.245               Appointment of masters for criminal proceedings.

NRS 3.250               County clerk to be clerk of court.

NRS 3.260               Deputy clerks.

NRS 3.270               Duty of clerks to give receipts and pay over money.

NRS 3.275               Clerk to obtain and maintain information regarding cases.

NRS 3.280               Clerk to keep register of civil actions.

NRS 3.300               Power of clerks to take and certify acknowledgments and affidavits.

NRS 3.305               Destruction or disposal of exhibits by clerk.

NRS 3.307               Destruction or disposal of exhibits in civil actions.

NRS 3.310               Bailiffs and deputy marshals: Appointment; duties; qualifications; compensation.

NRS 3.320               Official reporter: Appointment; duties.

NRS 3.340               Official reporter: Attention to duties; reporter pro tempore.

NRS 3.350               Official reporter: Oath of office.

NRS 3.360               Official reporter: Transcript prima facie evidence.

NRS 3.370               Official reporter: Compensation.

NRS 3.380               Sound recording equipment: Installation; operation; transcription of recording; use of transcript; provision by party of certified court reporter; effect.

ACTIONS RELATING TO PATERNITY OR SUPPORT OF CHILDREN

NRS 3.405               Masters: Appointment; powers and duties; findings.

NRS 3.415               Time for disposition of cases.

MEDIATION OF CASES INVOLVING CUSTODY OR VISITATION OF CHILD

NRS 3.475               Establishment of programs of mandatory mediation in county whose population is 700,000 or more.

NRS 3.500               Establishment of programs of mandatory mediation in county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 3.001  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 3.002 to 3.008, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 706; A 1999, 2025)

      NRS 3.002  “Chief Judge” defined.  “Chief Judge” means a district judge who is chosen as the Chief Judge of a judicial district pursuant to NRS 3.025.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 706)

      NRS 3.004  “Department of the family court” defined.  “Department of the family court” means any department of the district court that is designated as a department of the family court.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2019)

      NRS 3.006  “Family court” defined.  “Family court” means the division of the district court that is established as a family court pursuant to NRS 3.0105.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 706)

      NRS 3.008  “Jurisdiction of the family court” defined.  “Jurisdiction of the family court” means the jurisdiction of the family court that is established in NRS 3.223.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2020)

COURTS AND JUDGES

      NRS 3.010  Judicial districts: Number; constitution.  The State is hereby divided into 10 judicial districts, as follows:

      First Judicial District.  Carson City and the County of Storey constitute the First Judicial District.

      Second Judicial District.  The County of Washoe constitutes the Second Judicial District.

      Third Judicial District.  The County of Lyon constitutes the Third Judicial District.

      Fourth Judicial District.  The County of Elko constitutes the Fourth Judicial District.

      Fifth Judicial District.  The Counties of Mineral, Esmeralda and Nye constitute the Fifth Judicial District.

      Sixth Judicial District.  The Counties of Lander, Pershing and Humboldt constitute the Sixth Judicial District.

      Seventh Judicial District.  The Counties of Eureka, White Pine and Lincoln constitute the Seventh Judicial District.

      Eighth Judicial District.  The County of Clark constitutes the Eighth Judicial District.

      Ninth Judicial District.  The County of Douglas constitutes the Ninth Judicial District.

      Tenth Judicial District.  The County of Churchill constitutes the Tenth Judicial District.

      [1:440:1955]—(NRS A 1957, 144, 362; 1960, 329; 1965, 558; 1967, 1347; 1969, 312; 1971, 1086; 1973, 1706; 1975, 506, 1459; 1977, 663, 1399; 1979, 1103; 1981, 1953; 2011, 1772)

      NRS 3.0105  Establishment of family court in county whose population is 100,000 or more; assignment of judges; required instruction.

      1.  There is hereby established, in each judicial district that includes a county whose population is 100,000 or more, a family court as a division of the district court.

      2.  If the caseload of the family court so requires, the Chief Judge may assign one or more district judges of the judicial district to act temporarily as judges of the family court.

      3.  If for any reason a judge of the family court is unable to act, any other district judge of the judicial district may be assigned as provided in subsection 2 to act temporarily as judge of the family court.

      4.  A district judge assigned to the family court pursuant to subsection 2 or 3 for a period of 90 or more days must attend the instruction required pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 3.028. District judges must not be assigned to the family court pursuant to subsections 2 and 3 on a rotating basis.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2174; A 1995, 1493; 1999, 706)

      NRS 3.0107  Imposition of ad valorem tax authorized for support of family court.

      1.  For the fiscal years beginning on and after July 1, 1991, the board of county commissioners of each county whose population is 100,000 or more may levy an ad valorem tax of not more than 1.92 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation upon all taxable property in the county for the support of the family court in the judicial district that includes that county.

      2.  The proceeds of the tax imposed pursuant to this section are exempt from the limitations imposed by NRS 354.59811 and must be excluded in determining the allowed revenue from taxes ad valorem for the county.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2323)

      NRS 3.011  Number of district judges for First Judicial District.  For the First Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954)

      NRS 3.012  Number of district judges for Second Judicial District who are not family court judges.  For the Second Judicial District there must be nine district judges who are not judges of the family court.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 1104; A 1989, 955; 1991, 2175; 1997, 3; 2001, 2746; 2007, 1729, 1974; 2009, 2477)

      NRS 3.0125  Number of district judges for Second Judicial District who are family court judges.  For the Second Judicial District, in addition to the district judges established pursuant to NRS 3.012, there must be six district judges who are judges of the family court.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 1974)

      NRS 3.013  Number of district judges for Third Judicial District.  For the Third Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954; A 1987, 1859; 1997, 1733; 2011, 1773)

      NRS 3.014  Number of district judges for Fourth Judicial District.  For the Fourth Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954; A 1987, 1859)

      NRS 3.015  Number of district judges for Fifth Judicial District.  For the Fifth Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954; A 1999, 2575)

      NRS 3.016  Number of district judges for Sixth Judicial District.  For the Sixth Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954)

      NRS 3.017  Number of district judges for Seventh Judicial District.  For the Seventh Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954; A 1991, 2170)

      NRS 3.018  Number of district judges for Eighth Judicial District who are not family court judges.  For the Eighth Judicial District there must be 32 district judges who are not judges of the family court.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1135, 1954; A 1981, 1956; 1991, 2176; 1995, 854; 1997, 1753; 1999, 2610; 2001, 2746; 2005, 1970; 2007, 1729, 1974; 2009, 2477)

      NRS 3.0185  Number of district judges for Eighth Judicial District who are family court judges.  For the Eighth Judicial District, in addition to the district judges established pursuant to NRS 3.018, there must be 20 district judges who are judges of the family court.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 1974; 2009, 2477)

      NRS 3.019  Number of district judges for Ninth Judicial District.  For the Ninth Judicial District there must be two district judges.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1954)

      NRS 3.0195  Number of district judges for Tenth Judicial District.  For the Tenth Judicial District there must be one district judge.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1772)

      NRS 3.020  Judicial districts with more than one judge: Concurrent jurisdiction of judges.  In judicial districts where more than one judge has been provided for, the judges have concurrent and coextensive jurisdiction within the district, under such rules as may be prescribed by law, and the district judges therein may make additional rules, not inconsistent with law, which will enable them to transact judicial business in a convenient and lawful manner.

      [2:440:1955]—(NRS A 1981, 1954)

      NRS 3.025  Chief Judge in certain judicial districts: Selection; duties; assignment of certain cases to same department of family court.

      1.  In each judicial district that includes a county whose population is 100,000 or more, the district judges of that judicial district shall choose from among those district judges a Chief Judge who is to be the presiding judge of the judicial district.

      2.  The Chief Judge shall:

      (a) Assign cases to each judge in the judicial district;

      (b) Prescribe the hours of court;

      (c) Adopt such other rules or regulations as are necessary for the orderly conduct of court business; and

      (d) Perform all other duties of the Chief Judge or of a presiding judge that are set forth in this chapter and any other provision of NRS.

      3.  If a case involves a matter within the jurisdiction of the family court and:

      (a) The parties to the case are also the parties in any other pending case or were the parties in any other previously decided case assigned to a department of the family court in the judicial district; or

      (b) A child involved in the case is also involved in any other pending case or was involved in any other previously decided case assigned to a department of the family court in the judicial district, other than a case within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to title 5 of NRS,

Ê the Chief Judge shall assign the case to the department of the family court to which the other case is presently assigned or, if the other case has been decided, to the department of the family court that decided the other case, unless a different assignment is required by another provision of NRS, a court rule or the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct or the Chief Judge determines that a different assignment is necessary because of considerations related to the management of the caseload of the district judges within the judicial district. If a case described in this subsection is heard initially by a master, the recommendation, report or order of the master must be submitted to the district judge of the department of the family court to which the case has been assigned pursuant to this subsection for consideration and decision by that district judge.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 1502; A 1981, 873; 1999, 706, 2020; 2003, 1114)

      NRS 3.026  Chief Judge in certain judicial districts: Additional duties.

      1.  In each judicial district that includes a county whose population is 100,000 or more, in addition to the other duties set forth in NRS 3.025:

      (a) The Chief Judge shall ensure that:

             (1) The procedures which govern the consideration and disposition of cases and other proceedings within the jurisdiction of the district court are applied as uniformly as practicable; and

             (2) Cases and other proceedings within the jurisdiction of the district court are considered and decided in a timely manner.

      (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the Chief Judge shall establish procedures for addressing grievances that are:

             (1) Submitted to the Chief Judge by a party in a case or other proceeding within the jurisdiction of the district court; and

             (2) Directly related to the administration of the case or other proceeding.

      2.  For the purposes of paragraph (b) of subsection 1, a party in a case or other proceeding within the jurisdiction of the district court may not submit to the Chief Judge a grievance that:

      (a) Addresses, in whole or in part, the merits of the case or other proceeding; or

      (b) Challenges, in whole or in part, the merits of any decision or ruling in the case or other proceeding that is made by:

             (1) The district court; or

             (2) A master or other person who is acting pursuant to an order of the district court or pursuant to any authority that is granted to the master or other person by a specific statute, including, without limitation, NRS 3.405, 3.475 and 3.500.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 703)

      NRS 3.027  Courses of instruction: General requirements; payment of costs.

      1.  The Court Administrator shall, at the direction of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, arrange for the giving of instruction, at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, or elsewhere:

      (a) In court procedure, recordkeeping and the elements of substantive law appropriate to a district court, to each district judge, other than a judge of the family court, who is first elected or appointed to office after October 1, 1995, within 12 months after taking office, and to other district judges who so desire and who can be accommodated.

      (b) In court procedure, recordkeeping and the elements of substantive law appropriate to a district court, to each judge of the family court who is first elected or appointed to office after October 1, 1995, within 24 months after taking office.

      (c) In statutory amendments and other developments in the law appropriate to a district court, to all district judges at convenient intervals.

      2.  The costs of the instruction must be paid from the Account for Continuing Judicial Education. The Court Administrator shall administer the Account and claims against the Account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1368; A 1985, 713; 1987, 1025; 1995, 1494)

      NRS 3.028  Courses of instruction: Required attendance at course designed for training new judges of juvenile courts and family courts; payment of costs.

      1.  Unless the judge has previously attended such a course, each judge of the family court who is first elected or appointed on or after October 1, 1995, shall attend instruction at the National College of Juvenile and Family Law in Reno, Nevada, in a course designed for the training of new judges of juvenile courts and family courts, within 12 months after taking office.

      2.  Unless the judge has previously attended such a course, each district judge who is first elected or appointed on or after October 1, 1995, in a judicial district that does not include a county whose population is 100,000 or more, shall attend instruction at the National College of Juvenile and Family Law in Reno, Nevada, in a course designed for the training of new judges of juvenile courts and family courts, within 24 months after taking office.

      3.  The cost of the instruction must be paid from the Account for Continuing Judicial Education.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2175; A 1995, 1494)

      NRS 3.029  Training concerning complex issues of medical malpractice litigation.  The Supreme Court shall provide by court rule for mandatory appropriate training concerning the complex issues of medical malpractice litigation for each district judge to whom actions involving medical malpractice are assigned.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 12)

      NRS 3.030  Salary.

      1.  Until the first Monday in January 2009, the annual base salary of each district judge is $130,000. From and after the first Monday in January 2009, the annual base salary of each district judge is $160,000.

      2.  If a district judge has served in his or her office for at least 4 years, the district judge is entitled to an additional salary of 2 percent of his or her annual base salary for each year of service. The additional salary must not exceed 22 percent of his or her annual base salary.

      3.  The annual base salaries and the additional salary for longevity must be paid in biweekly installments out of the State Judicial Elected Officials Account of the Supreme Court.

      4.  No salary of any district judge may be paid in advance.

      [3:440:1955]—(NRS A 1961, 658; 1965, 1154; 1969, 790; 1971, 2205; 1977, 1013; 1981, 252, 1360; 1985, 1607, 1608; 1989, 1896, 2119; 1995, 2515; 1999, 3196; 2001, 3112; 2007, 1751; 2011, 2170)

      NRS 3.040  Ex officio circuit judges; powers of Chief Justice to expedite judicial business.

      1.  The district judges shall also serve as ex officio circuit judges, and in that capacity shall perform such judicial duties as may be designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as provided in subsection 2.

      2.  The Chief Justice shall seek to expedite judicial business and to equalize the work of the district judges, and shall provide for the assignment of any district judge to another district court to assist a court or judge whose calendar is congested, to act for a district judge who is disqualified or unable to act, or to sit and hold court where a vacancy in the office of district judge has occurred.

      [5:440:1955]—(NRS A 1961, 659; 1981, 1954)

      NRS 3.060  Qualifications.

      1.  A person may not be a candidate for and is not eligible to the office of district judge unless the person:

      (a) Has attained the age of 25 years.

      (b) Is an attorney licensed and admitted to practice law in the courts of this State at the time of the election or appointment.

      (c) Has been an attorney licensed and admitted to practice law in the courts of this State, another state or the District of Columbia for a total of not less than 10 years at any time preceding the election or appointment, at least 2 years of which have been in this State.

      (d) Is a qualified elector and has been a bona fide resident of this State for 2 years next preceding the election or appointment.

      (e) Has not ever been removed from any judicial office by the Legislature or removed or retired from any judicial office by the Commission on Judicial Discipline.

      2.  For the purposes of this section, a person is eligible to be a candidate for the office of district judge if a decision to remove or retire the person from a judicial office is pending appeal before the Supreme Court or has been overturned by the Supreme Court.

      [Part 2:108:1866; A 1953, 711; 1955, 459] + [Part 1:217:1909; A 1931, 9; 1931 NCL § 618]—(NRS A 1977, 762; 1999, 94; 2005, 1211)

      NRS 3.070  Resignation.  Resignation of office by a district judge must be made to the Governor and to the Court Administrator. The Governor shall notify the Court Administrator as soon as practicable upon his or her acceptance of the resignation or retirement of a district judge.

      [Part 34:108:1866; B § 2632; BH § 1669; C § 1815; RL § 2798; NCL § 4798]—(NRS A 1989, 326)

      NRS 3.080  Vacancy filled by Governor; term.

      1.  The Governor shall declare vacant the office of district judge.

      2.  Whenever any vacancy shall occur in the office of district judge the Governor shall fill the same by granting a commission, which shall expire at the next general election by the people and upon the qualification of his or her successor, at which election a district judge shall be chosen for the balance of the unexpired term.

      [Part 38:108:1866; B § 2636; BH § 1673; C § 1819; RL § 2802; NCL § 4802] + [Part 48:108:1866; B § 2646; BH § 1683; C § 1829; RL § 2812; NCL § 4812]

      NRS 3.090  Pensions. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date through June 30, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are not approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 22 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to three-fourths the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      2.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      3.  Any judge of the district court who qualifies for a pension under the provisions of subsection 2 is entitled to receive, for each year served beyond 5 years up to a maximum of 22 years, an additional 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable as provided in subsection 2.

      4.  Any judge who has retired pursuant to subsection 3 and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system is entitled to receive credit toward accumulating 22 years’ service for the maximum pension based upon the time he or she actually spends in the additional active service.

      5.  Any district judge who has the years of service necessary to retire but has not attained the required age may retire at any age with a benefit actuarially reduced to the required retirement age. A retirement benefit under this subsection must be reduced in the same manner as benefits are reduced for persons retired under the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      6.  Any person receiving a pension pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      7.  Any judge of the district court who desires to receive the benefits of this section must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact that he or she is ending his or her service, the date and place of his or her birth, and the years he or she has served in any district court or the Supreme Court.

      8.  Any judge who has retired and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system as a senior judge, senior justice of the peace or senior municipal court judge is entitled to receive a retirement allowance during the period of reemployment in addition to compensation for services.

      9.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section shall not be repealed or amended so as to affect any judge of the district court who may have ended his or her service pursuant to it.

      [Part 1:118:1937; A 1947, 404; 1949, 412; 1951, 362] + [Part 2:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.02] + [3:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.03] + [4:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.04]—(NRS A 1957, 284; 1960, 398; 1971, 245; 1975, 371; 1979, 1083; 1981, 891; 1983, 840; 1985, 859; 1987, 835; 1993, 1169; 2001, 3112; 2001 Special Session, 90; 2003, 221; 2007, 1974; 2009, 2220, 2221, 2222)

      NRS 3.090  Pensions. [Effective January 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 22 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to three-fourths the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      2.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      3.  Any judge of the district court who qualifies for a pension under the provisions of subsection 2 is entitled to receive, for each year served beyond 5 years up to a maximum of 22 years, an additional 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable as provided in subsection 2.

      4.  Any judge who has retired pursuant to subsection 3 and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system is entitled to receive credit toward accumulating 22 years’ service for the maximum pension based upon the time he or she actually spends in the additional active service.

      5.  Any district judge who has the years of service necessary to retire but has not attained the required age may retire at any age with a benefit actuarially reduced to the required retirement age. A retirement benefit under this subsection must be reduced in the same manner as benefits are reduced for persons retired under the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      6.  Any person receiving a pension pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      7.  Any judge of the district court who desires to receive the benefits of this section must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact that he or she is ending his or her service, the date and place of his or her birth, and the years he or she has served in any district court, the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

      8.  Any judge who has retired and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system as a senior judge, senior justice of the peace or senior municipal court judge is entitled to receive a retirement allowance during the period of reemployment in addition to compensation for services.

      9.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section shall not be repealed or amended so as to affect any judge of the district court who may have ended his or her service pursuant to it.

      [Part 1:118:1937; A 1947, 404; 1949, 412; 1951, 362] + [Part 2:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.02] + [3:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.03] + [4:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.04]—(NRS A 1957, 284; 1960, 398; 1971, 245; 1975, 371; 1979, 1083; 1981, 891; 1983, 840; 1985, 859; 1987, 835; 1993, 1169; 2001, 3112; 2001 Special Session, 90; 2003, 221; 2007, 1974; 2009, 2220, 2221, 2222; 2013, 1729, effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election)

      NRS 3.090  Pensions. [Effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are not approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 22 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to three-fourths the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      2.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      3.  Any judge of the district court who qualifies for a pension under the provisions of subsection 2 is entitled to receive, for each year served beyond 5 years up to a maximum of 22 years, an additional 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable as provided in subsection 2.

      4.  Any judge who has retired pursuant to subsection 3 and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system is entitled to receive credit toward accumulating 22 years’ service for the maximum pension based upon the time he or she actually spends in the additional active service.

      5.  Any district judge who has the years of service necessary to retire but has not attained the required age may retire at any age with a benefit actuarially reduced to the required retirement age. A retirement benefit under this subsection must be reduced in the same manner as benefits are reduced for persons retired under the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      6.  Any person receiving a pension pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      7.  Any judge of the district court who desires to receive the benefits of this section must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact that he or she is ending his or her service, the date and place of his or her birth, and the years he or she has served in any district court or the Supreme Court.

      8.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section shall not be repealed or amended so as to affect any judge of the district court who may have ended his or her service pursuant to it.

      [Part 1:118:1937; A 1947, 404; 1949, 412; 1951, 362] + [Part 2:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.02] + [3:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.03] + [4:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.04]—(NRS A 1957, 284; 1960, 398; 1971, 245; 1975, 371; 1979, 1083; 1981, 891; 1983, 840; 1985, 859; 1987, 835; 1993, 1169; 2001, 3112; 2001 Special Session, 90; 2003, 221; 2007, 1974; 2009, 2220, 2221, 2222, effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are not approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election)

      NRS 3.090  Pensions. [Effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 22 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to three-fourths the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      2.  Any judge of the district court who has served as a justice of the Supreme Court, judge of the Court of Appeals or judge of a district court in any one or more of those courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years and has ended such service is, after reaching the age of 60 years, entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, as a pension during the remainder of his or her life, a sum of money equal in amount to 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable monthly from the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      3.  Any judge of the district court who qualifies for a pension under the provisions of subsection 2 is entitled to receive, for each year served beyond 5 years up to a maximum of 22 years, an additional 4.1666 percent of the sum received as a salary for his or her judicial services during the last year thereof, payable as provided in subsection 2.

      4.  Any judge who has retired pursuant to subsection 3 and is thereafter recalled to additional active service in the court system is entitled to receive credit toward accumulating 22 years’ service for the maximum pension based upon the time he or she actually spends in the additional active service.

      5.  Any district judge who has the years of service necessary to retire but has not attained the required age may retire at any age with a benefit actuarially reduced to the required retirement age. A retirement benefit under this subsection must be reduced in the same manner as benefits are reduced for persons retired under the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      6.  Any person receiving a pension pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      7.  Any judge of the district court who desires to receive the benefits of this section must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact that he or she is ending his or her service, the date and place of his or her birth, and the years he or she has served in any district court, the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

      8.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section shall not be repealed or amended so as to affect any judge of the district court who may have ended his or her service pursuant to it.

      [Part 1:118:1937; A 1947, 404; 1949, 412; 1951, 362] + [Part 2:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.02] + [3:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.03] + [4:118:1937; 1931 NCL § 4881.04]—(NRS A 1957, 284; 1960, 398; 1971, 245; 1975, 371; 1979, 1083; 1981, 891; 1983, 840; 1985, 859; 1987, 835; 1993, 1169; 2001, 3112; 2001 Special Session, 90; 2003, 221; 2007, 1974; 2009, 2220, 2221, 2222; 2013, 1729, effective July 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election)

      NRS 3.092  Retirement because of incapacity, disability or advanced age. [Effective through December 31, 2014, and after that date unless the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  A district judge who has served as a district judge or as a justice of the Supreme Court in any one or more courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years or more and who becomes permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, to perform the duties of office may retire from office regardless of age.

      2.  Any district judge who retires pursuant to the provisions of subsection 1 or who is retired because of advanced age or physical or mental disability pursuant to Section 21 of Article 6 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada is entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, a pension for the remainder of his or her life, the same pension the judge would receive under NRS 3.090 based on his or her years of service but without regard to his or her age.

      3.  Any judge, or a guardian of a judge on behalf of the judge if the judge is unable to act, who desires to retire voluntarily must give notice in writing to the Governor. The Governor shall appoint three physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of Nevada to examine the judge and report the results to the Governor in writing. If a majority of the physicians is of the opinion that the judge is permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, the Governor shall approve the retirement. The judge or a guardian of the judge must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact of the judge’s retirement and the years he or she has served in either or both of such courts.

      4.  Pensions payable pursuant to this section must be paid in the same manner as pensions payable under NRS 3.090. Fees and expenses of physicians appointed pursuant to this section must be paid from the Judicial Retirement Administrative Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.200.

      5.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section will not be repealed or amended so as to affect adversely any judge who may have retired or been retired pursuant to its provisions.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 1881; A 1993, 1170; 2001 Special Session, 91)

      NRS 3.092  Retirement because of incapacity, disability or advanced age. [Effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election.]

      1.  A district judge who has served as a district judge, a judge of the Court of Appeals or a justice of the Supreme Court in any one or more courts for a period or periods aggregating 5 years or more and who becomes permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, to perform the duties of office may retire from office regardless of age.

      2.  Any district judge who retires pursuant to the provisions of subsection 1 or who is retired because of advanced age or physical or mental disability pursuant to Section 21 of Article 6 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada is entitled to receive annually from the State of Nevada, a pension for the remainder of his or her life, the same pension the judge would receive under NRS 3.090 based on his or her years of service but without regard to his or her age.

      3.  Any judge, or a guardian of a judge on behalf of the judge if the judge is unable to act, who desires to retire voluntarily must give notice in writing to the Governor. The Governor shall appoint three physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of Nevada to examine the judge and report the results to the Governor in writing. If a majority of the physicians is of the opinion that the judge is permanently incapacitated, physically or mentally, the Governor shall approve the retirement. The judge or a guardian of the judge must file with the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board an affidavit setting forth the fact of the judge’s retirement and the years he or she has served in either or both of such courts.

      4.  Pensions payable pursuant to this section must be paid in the same manner as pensions payable under NRS 3.090. Fees and expenses of physicians appointed pursuant to this section must be paid from the Judicial Retirement Administrative Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.200.

      5.  The faith of the State of Nevada is hereby pledged that this section will not be repealed or amended so as to affect adversely any judge who may have retired or been retired pursuant to its provisions.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 1881; A 1993, 1170; 2001 Special Session, 91; 2013, 1730, effective January 1, 2015, if the provisions of Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 (2011) are approved and ratified by the voters at the 2014 General Election)

      NRS 3.095  Benefits for surviving spouse.

      1.  If a district judge at the time of his or her death had retired and was then receiving a pension under the provisions of NRS 3.090, or if at the time of his or her death the judge had not retired but had performed sufficient service for retirement under the provisions of NRS 3.090, the surviving spouse, if the spouse has attained the age of 60 years, is entitled, until the spouse’s death or remarriage, to receive monthly payments of $2,500 per month.

      2.  If a surviving spouse of a judge is not eligible to receive benefits pursuant to subsection 1, the spouse is entitled, until the spouse’s death or remarriage or until he or she becomes eligible to receive those benefits, to receive payments equal in amount to the payment provided in subsection 1 of NRS 286.674 for the spouse of a deceased member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      3.  To obtain these benefits, the surviving spouse must make application to the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund and furnish such information as may be required pursuant to reasonable regulations adopted for the purpose of carrying out the intent of this section.

      4.  Any person receiving a benefit pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired under the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      5.  It is the intent of this section that no special fund be created for the purpose of paying these benefits, and all payments made under the provisions of this section are to be made out of and charged to the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      (Added to NRS by 1965, 1153; A 1975, 310; 1979, 947; 1981, 1206; 1985, 1890; 1987, 798, 1606; 1989, 2022; 1991, 2442; 1995, 1708; 1999, 2949; 2001 Special Session, 92)

      NRS 3.097  Benefits for surviving child.

      1.  Each child of a deceased district judge is entitled to receive payments equal in amount to the payments provided in NRS 286.673 for the child of a deceased member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      2.  In determining whether a child is a full-time student or financially dependent and physically or mentally incompetent, as provided in NRS 286.673, the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board shall use any applicable standards and procedures established by the Public Employees’ Retirement Board.

      3.  It is the intent of this section that no special fund be created for the payment of benefits, and all payments made under the provisions of this section are to be made out of and charged to the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 410; A 2001 Special Session, 92)

      NRS 3.098  Benefits for survivor beneficiary and additional payees.

      1.  A district judge may designate, in writing, a survivor beneficiary and one or more additional payees to receive the payments provided pursuant to this section if the judge is unmarried on the date of the judge’s death. A designation pursuant to this section must be made on a form approved by the Court Administrator. If the district judge has designated one or more payees in addition to the survivor beneficiary, the district judge must designate the percentage of the payments that the survivor beneficiary and each additional payee is entitled to receive.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, if a district judge at the time of his or her death had retired and was then receiving a pension pursuant to the provisions of NRS 3.090, or if at the time of his or her death the district judge had not retired but had performed sufficient service for retirement pursuant to the provisions of NRS 3.090, the survivor beneficiary designated pursuant to subsection 1, if the survivor beneficiary has attained the age of 60 years, is entitled, until his or her death, to receive monthly payments of $2,500 per month. If the district judge had designated one or more payees in addition to the survivor beneficiary pursuant to subsection 1, the monthly payments paid pursuant to this subsection must be divided between the survivor beneficiary and any additional payee in the proportion designated by the district judge pursuant to subsection 1.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, if a survivor beneficiary of a district judge is not eligible to receive benefits pursuant to subsection 2, the survivor beneficiary is entitled, until his or her death or until he or she becomes eligible to receive those benefits, to receive payments equal in amount to the payment provided in subsection 1 of NRS 286.67675 for the survivor beneficiary of a deceased member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System. If the district judge had designated one or more payees in addition to the survivor beneficiary pursuant to subsection 1, the payments paid pursuant to this subsection must be divided between the survivor beneficiary and any additional payee in the proportion designated by the district judge pursuant to subsection 1.

      4.  To obtain the benefits authorized by subsection 3, the survivor beneficiary must make application to the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement Board and furnish such information as may be required pursuant to reasonable regulations adopted for the purpose of carrying out the intent of this section.

      5.  Any person receiving a benefit pursuant to the provisions of this section is entitled to receive postretirement increases equal to those provided for persons retired pursuant to the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

      6.  It is the intent of this section that no special fund be created for the purpose of paying these benefits, and all payments made pursuant to the provisions of this section are to be made out of and charged to the Judicial Retirement Fund established pursuant to NRS 1A.160.

      (Added to NRS by 2001, 1293; A 2001 Special Session, 101, 102; 2003, 2075)

      NRS 3.099  Application and administration of provisions concerning pensions, retirement and benefits.  The provisions of NRS 3.090 to 3.099, inclusive:

      1.  Apply only to a district judge or a surviving spouse or surviving child of a district judge who served as a justice of the Supreme Court or district judge before November 5, 2002;

      2.  Are administered by the Public Employees’ Retirement Board pursuant to NRS 1A.100; and

      3.  Are part of the Judicial Retirement System established pursuant to NRS 1A.100.

      (Added to NRS by 2001 Special Session, 90)

      NRS 3.100  District court to be held at county seat; exceptions; courtroom, office and facilities to be provided by county.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the district courts shall hold court at the county seat of their respective counties. The board of county commissioners may establish one or more additional locations within the county for the district court to hold court.

      2.  If a room for holding court at the county seat is not provided by the county, together with attendants, fuel, lights and stationery, suitable and sufficient for the transaction of business, the court may direct the sheriff to provide such room, attendants, fuel, lights and stationery, and the expenses thereof shall be a county charge.

      3.  An office at each county seat must be provided and furnished by and at the expense of the several counties for the several district judges. Whenever the county commissioners of any county neglect or refuse to provide and furnish such an office for the use of the district judge, the district judge may make an order, which must be entered upon the minutes of the court, requiring the sheriff to provide and furnish the office. The necessary expenses incurred therein are a legal and valid claim against the county.

      [1:66:1869; B § 2916; BH § 1928; C § 2577; RL § 4921; NCL § 8468] + [18:19:1865; B § 926; BH § 2440; C § 2521; RL § 4841; NCL § 8383]—(NRS A 1999, 2575)

      NRS 3.110  Request for military aid to assist civil authorities in suppressing violence.  When there is an unlawful or riotous assembly with the intent to commit a felony, or to offer violence to person or property, or to resist, by force, the laws of the State, and the fact is made to appear to a district judge, the district judge may call upon the Governor for military aid in the manner provided by law, to aid the civil authorities in suppressing violence and enforcing the laws.

      [Part 93:108:1866; B § 2691; BH § 1728; C § 1874; RL § 2840; NCL § 4840] + [94:108:1866; B § 2692; BH § 1729; C § 1875; RL § 2841; NCL § 4841]—(NRS A 1967, 1340)

      NRS 3.120  District judge not to practice law.  A district judge may not engage in the private practice of law.

      [Part 46:19:1865; B § 951; BH § 2465; C § 2546; RL § 4866; NCL § 8408]—(NRS A 1979, 1286)

      NRS 3.130  Acceptance of gratuity in connection with marriage unlawful.  It shall be unlawful for any district judge, acting as district judge or ex officio circuit judge, to accept any fee, gratuity or any thing of value for or in connection with solemnizing any marriage in this state.

      [4:440:1955]

      NRS 3.140  Absence from State; forfeiture of office.  A district judge shall not absent himself or herself from this State for more than 90 consecutive days. A violation of the provisions of this section shall work a forfeiture of office.

      [Part 48:19:1865; A 1865, 185; B § 953; BH § 2467; C § 2548; RL § 4868; NCL § 8410]

      NRS 3.150  Power to take and certify acknowledgments and affidavits.  The judges of the district courts shall have power in any part of the State to take and certify:

      1.  The acknowledgment of conveyances and the satisfaction of a judgment of any court.

      2.  An affidavit to be used in any court of justice of this state.

      [Part 63:19:1865; B § 968; BH § 2482; C § 2563; RL § 4883; NCL § 8425]

      NRS 3.155  Use of facsimile signature: Conditions and restrictions.

      1.  Each district judge may use a facsimile signature produced through a mechanical device in place of the judge’s handwritten signature whenever the necessity arises and upon approval of the Supreme Court, subject to the following conditions:

      (a) That the mechanical device must be of such a nature that the facsimile signature may be removed from the mechanical device and kept in a separate secure place.

      (b) That the use of the facsimile signature may be made only under the direction and supervision of the district judge whose signature it represents.

      (c) That the entire mechanical device must at all times be kept in a vault, securely locked, when not in use, to prevent any misuse of the device.

      2.  No facsimile signature produced through a mechanical device authorized by the provisions of this section may be combined with the signature of another officer.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 998)

      NRS 3.160  Missing volumes of Statutes of Nevada and Nevada Reports to be supplied.  Upon the certification by any district judge of any judicial district or by the county clerk of any county to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau certifying that certain volumes of the Statutes of Nevada or Nevada Reports are missing from the library of any district judge, the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall furnish, free of charge from the supply on hand, to the district judge in any judicial district, the missing volumes of the Statutes of Nevada or Nevada Reports for use by the district judge in the district judge’s library.

      [1:54:1935; 1931 NCL § 8452.10]—(NRS A 1969, 26; 1973, 1408; 1985, 222)

      NRS 3.170  Signing of records left unsigned by predecessor.  At any time after March 22, 1911, it shall be lawful for the district judge of each judicial district, during the judge’s continuance in office, to sign any and all minutes and records of the court of the district for which he or she is incumbent, in whatsoever district or county the same may be, left unsigned by the judge’s predecessor in office or by any district judge previously sitting in the district or county, and such minutes and records, when thus signed, shall have the same force and effect to which they would have been entitled had they been signed by such predecessor in office, or by such district judge previously sitting in the district or the county.

      [1:161:1911; RL § 4923; NCL § 8470]

      NRS 3.180  Performance of certain acts in civil actions after term expires or cessation of exercise of duties.

      1.  Any records left unsigned by a district judge at the judge’s retirement, resignation or at the expiration of his or her term of office may be signed by the judge during the 12 months following his or her departure from office. A district judge removed by the Legislature or removed or retired by the Commission on Judicial Discipline, or who resigns or retires during the pendency of a proceeding against the judge before the Commission on Judicial Discipline, shall not exercise any judicial duties under this section.

      2.  All judges about to retire from office by reason of resignation or the expiration of their term shall, before such retirement, decide all cases and matters submitted to them and remaining undetermined. The decision or decisions shall be entered in the minutes of the court and, if in writing, shall be filed with the clerk of the court before retirement. The clerk of the court shall serve upon all parties to such case or matter, in the manner provided by law, notice of the entry of judgment with a true copy of the minutes or of the written decision within 90 days from and after the decision shall have been so entered in the minutes or the written decision so filed. The parties, or either or any of them, entitled by law or by lawful order of court duly made and entered before such retirement to present to such judge written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree, may at any time within 8 months from and after such entry or filing of decision deliver to the retiring judge and serve upon all the other parties to any such case or matter, in the manner provided by law, such written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree as they, or either or any of them, may propose in such case or matter litigated and determined therein. In any such case or matter so decided, such other parties thereto so served with such proposed written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree, or either or any of them, may at any time within 30 days from and after such service of the proposed written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree deliver to the retiring judge such written objections and exceptions thereto as legally may be made and taken pursuant to law, and serve the same upon the opposite party or parties in any such case or matter in the manner provided by law. Thereafter at any time within 12 months after such case shall have been so decided and the decision so entered in the minutes of the court or the written decision filed, the former judge so having retired from office may hear, rule upon, allow and determine such objections and exceptions as may have been delivered to the judge and served upon the opposite party or parties, and settle, sign, and enter the final written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree and file the same with the clerk of the court where such case or matter is pending and cause the same to be served upon the adverse party or parties therein in the manner provided by law or as directed by the former district judge. The acts of such judge in so hearing, ruling upon, allowing and determining such objections and exceptions, and in settling and signing final written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment and decree so settled and signed by the judge, and also in making any lawful order incident thereto, shall be valid for all purposes as if done prior to his or her retirement from office.

      3.  In case of the death, removal by the Legislature or removal or retirement by the Commission on Judicial Discipline of a district judge after he or she has rendered and filed a decision or opinion or caused the same to be entered in the minutes of the court and before the filing of findings or the entry of judgment, the succeeding judge of the court in which such cause was tried shall make an examination of the decision or opinion, the minutes of such cause, the pleadings, the record and reporter’s notes taken therein, if any, and shall sign and settle the findings, and cause judgment to be entered in the same manner as if such succeeding judge had presided at the trial of the cause.

      4.  In any case of retirement from office of a district judge, or of the judge’s death, or of the judge’s ceasing, for any cause, to exercise the duties and functions of office, and the entry of judgment and decree thereafter as provided for in this section, the party or parties entitled under the law to appeal from any final judgment and decree may take an appeal in the manner provided for by Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure from any such judgment and decree so entered.

      5.  The records when thus signed shall have the same legal force and effect that they would be entitled to had they been signed or settled by the judge while in the exercise of his or her office.

      6.  The provisions of subsection 5 of this section shall not be deemed to take from the successors of any district judge the power to sign any record as heretofore authorized by law.

      [1911 CPA § 547; A 1925, 114; 1931, 28; 1931 NCL § 9036] + [1911 CPA § 548; RL § 5490; NCL § 9037] + [1911 CPA § 549; RL § 5491; NCL § 9038]—(NRS A 1977, 771)

      NRS 3.220  Equal coextensive and concurrent jurisdiction.  The district judges shall possess equal coextensive and concurrent jurisdiction and power. They each shall have power to hold court in any county of this State. They each shall exercise and perform the powers, duties and functions of the court and of judges thereof and of judges at chambers. The decision in an action or proceeding may be written or signed at any place in the State by the judge who acted on the trial and may be forwarded to and filed by the clerk, who shall thereupon enter judgment as directed in the decision, or judgment may be rendered in open court, and, if so rendered, shall be entered by the clerk accordingly. If the public business requires, each judge may try causes and transact judicial business in the same county at the same time. Each judge shall have power to transact business which may be done in chambers at any point within the State, and court shall be held in each county at least once in every 6 months and as often and as long as the business of the county requires. All of this section is subject to the provision that each judge may direct and control the business in his or her own district and shall see that it is properly performed.

      [1:59:1895; C § 2573; RL § 4922; NCL § 8469]

      NRS 3.221  Transfer of original jurisdiction to justice court.  If an action is filed in the district court and a district judge determines that the action is properly within the jurisdiction of the justice court pursuant to NRS 4.370, the district judge may transfer original jurisdiction of the action to the justice court.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 418; A 2003, 852)

      NRS 3.223  Jurisdiction of family courts.

      1.  Except if the child involved is subject to the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901 et seq., in each judicial district in which it is established, the family court has original, exclusive jurisdiction in any proceeding:

      (a) Brought pursuant to title 5 of NRS or chapter 31A, 123, 125, 125A, 125B, 125C, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 159, 425 or 432B of NRS, except to the extent that a specific statute authorizes the use of any other judicial or administrative procedure to facilitate the collection of an obligation for support.

      (b) Brought pursuant to NRS 442.255 and 442.2555 to request the court to issue an order authorizing an abortion.

      (c) For judicial approval of the marriage of a minor.

      (d) Otherwise within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

      (e) To establish the date of birth, place of birth or parentage of a minor.

      (f) To change the name of a minor.

      (g) For a judicial declaration of the sanity of a minor.

      (h) To approve the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from a person as authorized by law.

      (i) Brought pursuant to NRS 433A.200 to 433A.330, inclusive, for an involuntary court-ordered admission to a mental health facility.

      (j) Brought pursuant to NRS 441A.510 to 441A.720, inclusive, for an involuntary court-ordered isolation or quarantine.

      2.  The family court, where established and, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (m) of subsection 1 of NRS 4.370, the justice court have concurrent jurisdiction over actions for the issuance of a temporary or extended order for protection against domestic violence.

      3.  The family court, where established, and the district court have concurrent jurisdiction over any action for damages brought pursuant to NRS 41.134 by a person who suffered injury as the proximate result of an act that constitutes domestic violence.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2175; A 1993, 545; 1995, 783; 1997, 1804, 2267; 1999, 486; 2003, 1114, 2207; 2005, 506; 2011, 2513)

      NRS 3.225  Family court to encourage resolution of certain disputes through nonadversarial methods; cooperation to provide support services.

      1.  The family court shall, wherever practicable and appropriate, encourage the resolution of disputes before the court through nonadversarial methods or other alternatives to traditional methods of resolution of disputes.

      2.  The family court or, in a judicial district that does not include a family court, the district court, shall enter into agreements or otherwise cooperate with local agencies that provide services related to matters within the jurisdiction of family courts to assist the family court or district court in providing the necessary support services to the families before the court.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 2175)

      NRS 3.227  Information form for family court: Development; contents; use.  In each judicial district that includes a county whose population is 100,000 or more:

      1.  The clerk of the district court shall develop an information form for family court. The information form for family court must be:

      (a) Approved by the Chief Judge; and

      (b) Used to obtain the information described in subsection 2 from a party who files the initial pleading in a case that involves a matter within the jurisdiction of the family court.

      2.  A party may not file in the district court the initial pleading in a case that involves a matter within the jurisdiction of the family court unless, at the same time that the party files the initial pleading, the party files an information form for family court which is signed by the party, his or her attorney or other legal representative and which specifies:

      (a) Whether the party is also a party in any other pending case or was a party in any other previously decided case assigned to a department of the family court in the judicial district;

      (b) Whether any other party in the initial pleading is also a party in any other pending case or was a party in any other previously decided case assigned to a department of the family court in the judicial district;

      (c) Whether a child involved in the case is also involved in any other pending case or was involved in any other previously decided case assigned to a department of the family court in the judicial district, other than a case within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to title 5 of NRS; and

      (d) Any other information that the Chief Judge determines must be provided on the information form for family court, including, without limitation, any other information concerning a case described in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

      3.  The Chief Judge and the clerk of the district court shall use the information provided on the information form for family court to assign cases to a department of the family court in accordance with subsection 3 of NRS 3.025.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2020; A 2003, 1115)

      NRS 3.230  Statements upon matters of fact.  District judges shall not charge juries upon matters of fact but may state the evidence and declare the law. In stating the evidence, the judge should not comment upon the probability or improbability of its truth nor the credibility thereof. If the judge states the evidence, the judge must also inform the jury that they are not to be governed by the judge’s statement upon matters of fact.

      [23:19:1865; B § 931; BH § 2445; C § 2526; RL § 4846; NCL § 8388]

      NRS 3.240  Written decisions.  A district judge may be required, in deciding any question of law, to reduce his or her decision to writing at the time such decision is made and note any exception thereto which may be taken by either party to a trial or proceeding before the judge.

      [24:19:1865; B § 932; BH § 2446; C § 2527; RL § 4847; NCL § 8389]

      NRS 3.241  Ruling that provision of Nevada Constitution or Nevada Revised Statutes is unconstitutional: Prevailing party to provide copy of ruling to Attorney General.  If a district court holds that a provision of the Nevada Constitution or the Nevada Revised Statutes violates a provision of the Nevada Constitution or the United States Constitution, the prevailing party in the proceeding shall provide a copy of the ruling to the Office of the Attorney General.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 820)

      NRS 3.243  Report of certain statistical information to be submitted to Court Administrator.  In the time and manner prescribed by the Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the judicial district or, if the district has no Chief Judge, a district judge designated by mutual consent of the district judges of that district, shall submit to the Court Administrator a report of the statistical information required pursuant to this section and such other statistical information as prescribed by the Supreme Court. The report must include, without limitation, statistical information concerning:

      1.  Those cases which are pending and undecided and the judge to whom each case has been assigned;

      2.  The type and number of cases each judge considered during the preceding month;

      3.  The number of cases submitted to each judge during the preceding month;

      4.  The number of cases decided by each judge during the preceding month; and

      5.  The number of full judicial days in which each judge appeared in court or in chambers in performance of his or her duties during the preceding month.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 706)

OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

      NRS 3.245  Appointment of masters for criminal proceedings.  In any county in which the appointment of masters for criminal proceedings by a district court is authorized by the board of county commissioners, the local rules of practice adopted in a judicial district within the county may authorize the Chief Judge of a district court to appoint one or more masters for criminal proceedings to perform certain subordinate or administrative duties that the Nevada Supreme Court has approved to be assigned to such a master.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1570; A 2003, 409)

      NRS 3.250  County clerk to be clerk of court.  The county clerk shall be clerk of the district court of his or her county.

      [Part 1:108:1866; B § 2599; BH § 1636; C § 1782; RL § 2765; NCL § 4765]

      NRS 3.260  Deputy clerks.

      1.  All clerks of the several district courts are hereby authorized to appoint deputies who shall have power to transact all official business pertaining to the office to the same extent as their principals.

      2.  The clerks of the district courts shall be responsible on their official bonds for all official malfeasance or nonfeasance of their deputies. Bonds for the faithful performance of their official duties may be required of the deputies by their principals.

      3.  All appointments of deputies under the provisions of this section shall be in writing and shall, together with the oaths of office of the deputies, be filed and recorded in a book provided for that purpose in the office of the recorder of the county within which the clerk of the district court legally holds and exercises his or her office. Revocations of such appointments shall also be filed and recorded as herein provided. From the time of the filing of appointments or revocations therein persons shall be deemed to have notice of the same.

      [Part 1:101:1864; A 1905, 33; 1913, 108; 1919 RL § 2848; NCL § 4848] + [Part 2:101:1864; B § 3068; BH § 2280; C § 2452; RL § 2849; NCL § 4849] + [Part 3:101:1864; B § 3069; BH § 2281; C § 2453; RL § 2850; NCL § 4850]

      NRS 3.270  Duty of clerks to give receipts and pay over money.

      1.  The clerk of a district court shall give a receipt on demand of any party paying a fee. The receipt shall specify the title or the case number of the cause in which the fee is paid and the date and the amount of the payment.

      2.  The several clerks of the district courts shall, on or before the 5th day of each month, pay over to the county treasurer all moneys received by them during the preceding month for court fees together with a brief note of the cases in which the same were received.

      [Part 31:49:1883; BH § 2372; C § 2496; RL § 2033; NCL § 2964]—(NRS A 1959, 707; 1971, 537)

      NRS 3.275  Clerk to obtain and maintain information regarding cases.

      1.  The clerk of each district court shall obtain and file information regarding the nature of each criminal and civil case filed with the district court. If the criminal case is referred to a specialty court program, the clerk must obtain and file information regarding the nature of the case and the program to which the defendant was referred.

      2.  The clerk shall provide a form approved by the Court Administrator for obtaining the information required by subsection 1. No criminal or civil case may be filed in the district court unless the initial pleading is accompanied by the form, signed by the initiating party or his or her representative. In addition to the information on the form, the clerk shall maintain information concerning the disposition of each criminal case and, if applicable, whether the defendant successfully completed a specialty court program.

      3.  The clerk shall maintain the information contained in the form and collected pursuant to subsection 2 in a separate system of filing to allow the retrieval of statistics relating to each criminal and civil action filed in the district courts.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 1895; A 2009, 1353)

      NRS 3.280  Clerk to keep register of civil actions.

      1.  The clerk shall keep among the records of the court a register of actions. The clerk shall enter therein the title of the action, if in district court, and the clerk may enter therein the title of the action in any other court, with brief notes under it, from time to time, of all papers filed and proceedings had therein.

      2.  For an alternate method of maintaining the register-of-actions record provided in subsection 1, the clerk of the district court may maintain an effective register of actions by means of photographing, microphotographing or mechanically or electronically storing the whole of all papers and records, necessary to the keeping of a register of actions, so long as the following control criteria of public recordkeeping is extant:

      (a) The completeness and chronological sequence of registry are not disturbed;

      (b) All such reproductions are placed in convenient and accessible files;

      (c) Provisions are made for preserving, examining and using such files; and

      (d) The initial register of actions in book or loose-leaf-book form is maintained for the purpose of assuring the commencement of actions serially, entering plaintiff, defendant, intervener or applicant, or the parties in ex rel., in the title together with attorneys of record in each case, and entering thereafter under each case only such documents by notation as have filing fees required to be paid or notation of waiver of the fees.

Ê This subsection shall not be construed to be inconsistent with the laws, rules or district judge’s orders pertaining to control and custody of district court records.

      [1911 CPA § 538; RL § 5480; NCL § 9027]—(NRS A 1971, 538)

      NRS 3.300  Power of clerks to take and certify acknowledgments and affidavits.  The clerks of the district courts shall have power in any part of the State to take and certify:

      1.  The acknowledgment of conveyances and the satisfaction of a judgment of any court.

      2.  An affidavit to be used in any court of justice in this state.

      [Part 63:19:1865; B § 968; BH § 2482; C § 2563; RL § 4883; NCL § 8425]

      NRS 3.305  Destruction or disposal of exhibits by clerk.  When a district court orders the disposal of an exhibit, the clerk shall serve written notice upon the last attorney or attorneys of record, representing the parties to the action wherein the exhibit was admitted into evidence, to withdraw such exhibit, and upon the failure to make such withdrawal within 30 days after the service of notice, the clerk shall petition the court for an order requesting:

      1.  Destruction of the exhibit if such exhibit is found by the court to be of no value; or

      2.  Delivery of an exhibit of value to the board of county commissioners as the property of the county.

      (Added to NRS by 1957, 708; A 1973, 439)

      NRS 3.307  Destruction or disposal of exhibits in civil actions.  A district court, on its own motion, may order destroyed or otherwise disposed of any exhibit or deposition introduced in the trial of a civil action or proceeding or filed in such action or proceeding which:

      1.  If appeal has not been taken from the decision of the district court in such action or proceeding, remains in the custody of the district court or clerk of such court 2 years after the time for appeal has expired.

      2.  If appeal has been taken, remains in the custody of the district court or clerk of such court 2 years after final determination thereof, or which remains in the custody of the district court or clerk of such court for a period of 2 years after:

      (a) A motion for a new trial has been granted or a motion to set for trial has not been made within such 2 years;

      (b) The filing of the remittitur where the action or proceeding, after appeal, has been remanded to the trial court for a new trial and the same has not been brought to trial within 2 years from the date of filing the remittitur;

      (c) The dismissal of such action or proceeding; or

      (d) The introduction or filing thereof where there is no provision for the destruction or other disposition of such exhibit or deposition and where, in the discretion of the district court, the same should be destroyed or otherwise disposed of.

Ê The order shall be filed with the pleadings of each case in which any such order is made.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 318; A 1973, 439)

      NRS 3.310  Bailiffs and deputy marshals: Appointment; duties; qualifications; compensation.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the judge of each district court may appoint a bailiff for the court in counties polling 4,500 or more votes. In counties polling less than 4,500 votes, the judge may appoint a bailiff with the concurrence of the sheriff. Subject to the provisions of subsections 2, 4 and 10, in a county whose population is 700,000 or more, the judge of each district court may appoint a deputy marshal for the court instead of a bailiff. In each case, the bailiff or deputy marshal serves at the pleasure of the judge he or she serves.

      2.  In all judicial districts where there is more than one judge, there may be a number of bailiffs or deputy marshals at least equal to the number of judges, and in any judicial district where a circuit judge has presided for more than 50 percent of the regular judicial days of the prior calendar year, there may be one additional bailiff or deputy marshal, each bailiff or deputy marshal to be appointed by the joint action of the judges. If the judges cannot agree upon the appointment of any bailiff or deputy marshal within 30 days after a vacancy occurs in the office of bailiff or deputy marshal, then the appointment must be made by a majority of the board of county commissioners.

      3.  Each bailiff or deputy marshal shall:

      (a) Preserve order in the court.

      (b) Attend upon the jury.

      (c) Open and close court.

      (d) Perform such other duties as may be required of him or her by the judge of the court.

      4.  The bailiff or deputy marshal must be a qualified elector of the county and shall give a bond, to be approved by the district judge, in the sum of $2,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duty.

      5.  The compensation of each bailiff or deputy marshal for his or her services must be fixed by the board of county commissioners of the county and his or her salary paid by the county wherein he or she is appointed, the same as the salaries of other county officers are paid.

      6.  The board of county commissioners of the respective counties shall allow the salary stated in subsection 5 as other salaries are allowed to county officers, and the county auditor shall draw his or her warrant for it, and the county treasurer shall pay it.

      7.  The provisions of this section do not:

      (a) Authorize the bailiff or deputy marshal to serve any civil or criminal process, except such orders of the court which are specially directed by the court or the presiding judge thereof to him or her for service.

      (b) Except in a county whose population is 700,000 or more, relieve the sheriff of any duty required of him or her by law to maintain order in the courtroom.

      8.  If a deputy marshal is appointed for a court pursuant to subsection 1, each session of the court must be attended by the deputy marshal.

      9.  For good cause shown, a deputy marshal appointed for a court pursuant to subsection 1 may be assigned temporarily to assist other judicial departments or assist with court administration as needed.

      10.  A person appointed to be a deputy marshal for a court pursuant to subsection 1 must be certified by the Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission as a category I peace officer not later than 18 months after appointment.

      [1:33:1909; RL § 4914; NCL § 8461] + [2:33:1909; A 1919, 385; 1951, 358; 1953, 443] + [3:33:1909; RL § 4916; NCL § 8463] + [4:33:1909; RL § 4917; NCL § 8464] + [5:33:1909; A 1951, 358; 1953, 443; 1955, 190] + [6:33:1909; RL § 4919; NCL § 8466] + [7:33:1909; RL § 4920; NCL § 8467]—(NRS A 1957, 288; 1959, 516; 1963, 363, 1295; 1979, 482; 1993, 2526; 2007, 2189; 2011, 1130)

      NRS 3.320  Official reporter: Appointment; duties.

      1.  The judge or judges of any district court may appoint, subject to the provisions of this chapter and other laws as to the qualifications and examinations of the appointee, one certified court reporter, to be known as official reporter of the court or department and to hold office during the pleasure of the judge appointing the official reporter. The appointee may be any business organization licensed by the Board if the person representing the business organization, who actually performs the reporting service, is a certified court reporter.

      2.  The official reporter, or any one of them if there are two or more, shall:

      (a) At the request of either party or of the court in a civil action or proceeding, and on the order of the court, the district attorney or the attorney for the defendant in a criminal action or proceeding, make a record of all the testimony, the objections made, the rulings of the court, the exceptions taken, all arraignments, pleas and sentences of defendants in criminal cases, and all statements and remarks made by the district attorney or judge, and all oral instructions given by the judge; and

      (b) When directed by the court or requested by either party, within such reasonable time after the trial of the case as may be designated by law or, in the absence of any law relating thereto, by the court, transcribe the record into a written transcript. The reporter shall certify that the action or proceeding was correctly reported and transcribed and, when directed by the law or court, shall file the written transcript with the clerk of the court.

      3.  As used in this section, “Board” means the Certified Court Reporters’ Board of Nevada, created by NRS 656.040.

      [1:52:1907; A 1921, 96; NCL § 8455]—(NRS A 1973, 1321; 1981, 245; 1993, 1410; 2007, 1035; 2011, 669)

      NRS 3.340  Official reporter: Attention to duties; reporter pro tempore.  The official reporter of any district court shall attend to the duties of office in person except when excused for good and sufficient reason by order of the court, which order shall be entered upon the minutes of the court. Employment in his or her professional capacity elsewhere shall not be deemed a good and sufficient reason for such excuse. When the official reporter of any court has been excused in the manner provided in this section, the court may designate an official reporter pro tempore who shall perform the same duties and receive the same compensation during the term of his or her appointment as the official reporter.

      [3:52:1907; RL § 4910; NCL § 8457]—(NRS A 2011, 670)

      NRS 3.350  Official reporter: Oath of office.  The official reporter of any court, or official reporter pro tempore, shall, before entering upon the duties of office, take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office.

      [4:52:1907; RL § 4911; NCL § 8458]

      NRS 3.360  Official reporter: Transcript prima facie evidence.  The transcript of the official reporter, or official reporter pro tempore, of any court, duly appointed and sworn, when transcribed and certified as being a correct transcript of the testimony and proceedings in the case, is prima facie evidence of such testimony and proceedings.

      [5:52:1907; RL § 4912; NCL § 8459]—(NRS A 2011, 670)

      NRS 3.370  Official reporter: Compensation.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, for his or her services the official reporter or reporter pro tempore is entitled to the following compensation:

      (a) For being available to report civil and criminal testimony and proceedings when the court is sitting during traditional business hours on any day except Saturday or Sunday, $170 per day, to be paid by the county as provided in subsection 4.

      (b) For being available to report civil and criminal testimony and proceedings when the court is sitting beyond traditional business hours or on Saturday or Sunday:

             (1) If the reporter has been available to report for at least 4 hours, $35 per hour for each hour of availability; or

             (2) If the reporter has been available to report for fewer than 4 hours, a pro rata amount based on the daily rate set forth in paragraph (a),

Ê to be paid by the county as provided in subsection 4.

      (c) For transcription:

             (1) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (2), for the original draft and any copy to be delivered:

                   (I) Within 24 hours after it is requested, $7.50 per page for the original draft and one copy, and $2 per page for each additional copy;

                   (II) Within 48 hours after it is requested, $5.62 per page for the original draft and one copy, and $1.50 per page for each additional copy;

                   (III) Within 4 days after it is requested, $4.68 per page for the original draft and one copy, and $1.25 per page for each additional copy; or

                   (IV) More than 4 days after it is requested, $3.55 per page for the original draft and one copy, and 55 cents per page for each additional copy.

             (2) For civil litigants who are ordering the original draft and are represented by a nonprofit legal corporation or a program for pro bono legal assistance, for the original draft and any copy to be delivered:

                   (I) Within 24 hours after it is requested, $5.50 per page and $1.10 per page for each additional copy;

                   (II) Within 48 hours after it is requested, $4.13 per page and 83 cents per page for each additional copy;

                   (III) Within 4 days after it is requested, $3.44 per page and 69 cents per page for each additional copy; or

                   (IV) More than 4 days after it is requested, $2.75 per page and 55 cents per page for each additional copy.

             (3) For any party other than the party ordering the original draft, for the copy of the draft to be delivered:

                   (I) Within 24 hours after it is requested, $1.10 per page;

                   (II) Within 48 hours after it is requested, 83 cents per page;

                   (III) Within 4 days after it is requested, 69 cents per page; or

                   (IV) More than 4 days after it is requested, 55 cents per page.

      (d) For reporting all civil matters, in addition to the compensation provided in paragraphs (a) and (b), $30 for each hour or fraction thereof actually spent, to be taxed as costs pursuant to subsection 5.

      (e) For providing an instantaneous translation of testimony into English which appears on a computer that is located at a table in the courtroom where the attorney who requested the translation is seated:

             (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subparagraph, in all criminal matters in which a party requests such a translation, in addition to the compensation provided pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b), $140 for the first day and $90 per day for each subsequent day from the party who makes the request. This additional compensation must be paid by the county as provided pursuant to subsection 4 only if the court issues an order granting the translation service to the prosecuting attorney or to an indigent defendant who is represented by a county or state public defender.

             (2) In all civil matters in which a party requests such a translation, in addition to the compensation provided pursuant to paragraphs (a), (b) and (d), $140 for the first day and $90 per day for each subsequent day, to be paid by the party who requests the translation.

      (f) For providing a diskette containing testimony prepared from a translation provided pursuant to paragraph (e):

             (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subparagraph, in all criminal matters in which a party requests the diskette and the reporter agrees to provide the diskette, in addition to the compensation provided pursuant to paragraphs (a), (b) and (e), $1.50 per page of the translation contained on the diskette from the party who makes the request. This additional compensation must be paid by the county as provided pursuant to subsection 4 only if the court issues an order granting the diskette to the prosecuting attorney or to an indigent defendant who is represented by a county or state public defender.

             (2) In all civil matters in which a party requests the diskette and the reporter agrees to provide the diskette, in addition to the compensation provided pursuant to paragraphs (a), (b), (d) and (e), $1.50 per page of the translation contained on the diskette, to be paid by the party who requests the diskette.

      2.  For the purposes of subsection 1, a page is a sheet of paper 8 1/2 by 11 inches and does not include a condensed transcript. The left margin must not be more than 1 1/2 inches from the left edge of the paper. The right margin must not be more than three-fourths of an inch from the right edge of the paper. Each sheet must be numbered on the left margin and must contain at least 24 lines of type. The first line of each question and of each answer may be indented not more than five spaces from the left margin. The first line of any paragraph or other material may be indented not more than 10 spaces from the left margin. There must not be more than one space between words or more than two spaces between sentences. The type size must not be larger than 10 characters per inch. The lines of type may be double spaced or one and one-half spaced.

      3.  If the court determines that the services of more than one reporter are necessary to deliver transcripts on a daily basis in a criminal proceeding, each reporter is entitled to receive:

      (a) The compensation set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection 1 and subparagraph (1) of paragraph (e) of subsection 1, as appropriate; and

      (b) Compensation of $7.50 per page for the original draft and one copy, and $2 per page for each additional copy for transcribing a proceeding of which the transcripts are ordered by the court to be delivered on or before the start of the next day the court is scheduled to conduct business.

      4.  The compensation specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection 1, the compensation for transcripts in criminal cases ordered by the court to be made, the compensation for transcripts in civil cases ordered by the court pursuant to NRS 12.015, the compensation for transcripts for parents or guardians or attorneys of parents or guardians who receive transcripts pursuant to NRS 432B.459, the compensation in criminal cases that is ordered by the court pursuant to subparagraph (1) of paragraph (e) and subparagraph (1) of paragraph (f) of subsection 1 and the compensation specified in subsection 3 must be paid out of the county treasury upon the order of the court. When there is no official reporter in attendance and a reporter pro tempore is appointed, his or her reasonable expenses for traveling and detention must be fixed and allowed by the court and paid in the same manner. The respective district judges may, with the approval of the respective board or boards of county commissioners within the judicial district, fix a monthly salary to be paid to the official reporter in lieu of per diem. The salary, and also actual traveling expenses in cases where the reporter acts in more than one county, must be prorated by the judge on the basis of time consumed by work in the respective counties and must be paid out of the respective county treasuries upon the order of the court.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, in civil cases, the compensation prescribed in paragraph (d) of subsection 1 and for transcripts ordered by the court to be made must be paid by the parties in equal proportions, and either party may, at the party’s option, pay the entire compensation. In either case, all amounts so paid by the party to whom costs are awarded must be taxed as costs in the case. The compensation for transcripts and copies ordered by the parties must be paid by the party ordering them. No reporter may be required to perform any service in a civil case until his or her compensation has been paid to him or her.

      6.  Where a transcript is ordered by the court or by any party, the compensation for the transcript must be paid to the reporter before the furnishing of the transcript.

      [6:52:1907; A 1921, 96; 1921, 288; 1955, 189]—(NRS A 1961, 307; 1967, 1258; 1971, 646; 1975, 1472, 1816; 1981, 404; 1987, 909; 1989, 1271; 1993, 2022; 1995, 1592; 1999, 750; 2001, 1705; 2005, 187; 2011, 670)

      NRS 3.380  Sound recording equipment: Installation; operation; transcription of recording; use of transcript; provision by party of certified court reporter; effect.

      1.  The judge or judges of any district court may, with the approval of the board of county commissioners of any one or more of the counties comprising such district, in addition to the appointment of a court reporter as in this chapter provided, enter an order for the installation of sound recording equipment for use in any of the instances recited in NRS 3.320, for the recording of any civil and criminal proceedings, testimony, objections, rulings, exceptions, arraignments, pleas, sentences, statements and remarks made by the district attorney or judge, oral instructions given by the judge and any other proceedings occurring in civil or criminal actions or proceedings, or special proceedings whenever and wherever and to the same extent as any of such proceedings have heretofore under existing statutes been recorded by the official reporter or any special reporter or any reporter pro tempore appointed by the court.

      2.  For the purpose of operating such sound recording equipment, the court or judge may appoint or designate the official reporter or a special reporter or reporter pro tempore or the county clerk or clerk of the court or deputy clerk. The person so operating such sound recording equipment shall subscribe to an oath that he or she will well and truly operate the equipment so as to record all of the matters and proceedings.

      3.  The court may then designate the person operating such equipment or any other competent person to listen to the recording and to transcribe the recording into written text. The person who:

      (a) Transcribes the recording shall subscribe to an oath that he or she has truly and correctly transcribed the proceedings as recorded.

      (b) Operates the sound recording equipment as described in subsection 2 shall:

             (1) Subscribe to an oath that the sound recording is a true and accurate recording of the proceedings; and

             (2) In the event of an error, malfunction or other problem relating to the sound recording equipment or the sound recording, report that error, malfunction or problem to the court.

      4.  The transcript may be used for all purposes for which transcripts have heretofore been received and accepted under then existing statutes, including transcripts of testimony and transcripts of proceedings as constituting bills of exceptions or part of the bill of exceptions on appeals in all criminal cases and transcripts of the evidence or proceedings as constituting the record on appeal in civil cases and including transcripts of preliminary hearings before justices of the peace and other committing magistrates, and are subject to correction in the same manner as transcripts under existing statutes.

      5.  If a proceeding is recorded and a transcript is requested, a copy of the sound recording must, if requested, be provided with the transcript. The cost for providing the sound recording must not exceed the actual cost of production and must be paid by the party who requests the sound recording.

      6.  In civil and criminal cases when the court has ordered the use of such sound recording equipment, any party to the action, at the party’s own expense, may provide a certified court reporter to make a record of and transcribe all the matters of the proceeding. In such a case, the record prepared by sound recording is the official record of the proceedings, unless it fails or is incomplete because of equipment or operational failure, in which case the record prepared by the certified court reporter shall be deemed, for all purposes, the official record of the proceedings.

      [7:52:1907; added 1949, 506; 1943 NCL § 8460.01]—(NRS A 1995, 1594; 2007, 1036; 2011, 673)

ACTIONS RELATING TO PATERNITY OR SUPPORT OF CHILDREN

      NRS 3.405  Masters: Appointment; powers and duties; findings.

      1.  In an action to establish paternity, the court may appoint a master to take testimony and recommend orders.

      2.  The court may appoint a master to hear all cases in a county to establish or enforce an obligation for the support of a child, or to modify or adjust an order for the support of a child pursuant to NRS 125B.145.

      3.  The master must be an attorney licensed to practice in this State. The master:

      (a) Shall take testimony and establish a record;

      (b) In complex cases shall issue temporary orders for support pending resolution of the case;

      (c) Shall make findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for the establishment and enforcement of an order;

      (d) May accept voluntary acknowledgments of paternity or liability for support and stipulated agreements setting the amount of support;

      (e) May, subject to confirmation by the district court, enter default orders against a responsible parent who does not respond to a notice or service within the required time; and

      (f) Has any other power or duty contained in the order of reference issued by the court.

Ê If a temporary order for support is issued pursuant to paragraph (b), the master shall order that the support be paid to the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health and Human Services, its designated representative or the district attorney, if the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services or district attorney is involved in the case, or otherwise to an appropriate party to the action, pending resolution of the case.

      4.  The findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations of the master must be furnished to each party or the party’s attorney at the conclusion of the proceeding or as soon thereafter as possible. Within 10 days after receipt of the findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations, either party may file with the court and serve upon the other party written objections to the report. If no objection is filed, the court shall accept the findings of fact, unless clearly erroneous, and the judgment may be entered thereon. If an objection is filed within the 10-day period, the court shall review the matter upon notice and motion.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 2248; A 1989, 956, 1642; 1997, 2268)

      NRS 3.415  Time for disposition of cases.  To the extent necessary to comply with the requirements of the Federal Government concerning the enforcement of the obligation of support of a child, to avoid jeopardizing the receipt by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health and Human Services of money from the Federal Government and to avoid subjecting the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services to other sanctions by the Federal Government, the disposition of cases to establish an obligation for support of a child must:

      1.  Be 75 percent completed within 6 months after service of the notice of the proceedings; and

      2.  Be 90 percent completed within 12 months after the service of the notice of the proceedings.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 2249; A 1995, 2422)

MEDIATION OF CASES INVOLVING CUSTODY OR VISITATION OF CHILD

      NRS 3.475  Establishment of programs of mandatory mediation in county whose population is 700,000 or more.

      1.  In a county whose population is 700,000 or more, the district court shall establish by rule approved by the Supreme Court a program of mandatory mediation in cases that involve the custody or visitation of a child.

      2.  The program must:

      (a) Require the impartial mediation of the issues of custody and visitation and authorize the impartial mediation of any other nonfinancial issue deemed appropriate by the court.

      (b) Authorize the court to exclude a case from the program for good cause shown, including, but not limited to, a showing that:

             (1) There is a history of child abuse or domestic violence by one of the parties;

             (2) The parties are currently participating in private mediation; or

             (3) One of the parties resides outside of the jurisdiction of the court.

      (c) Provide standards for the training of the mediators assigned to cases, including, but not limited to:

             (1) Minimum educational requirements, which must not be restricted to any particular professional or educational training;

             (2) Minimum requirements for training in the procedural aspects of mediation and the interpersonal skills necessary to act as a mediator;

             (3) A minimum period of apprenticeship for persons who have not previously acted as domestic mediators;

             (4) Minimum requirements for continuing education; and

             (5) Procedures to ensure that potential mediators understand the high standard of ethics and confidentiality related to their participation in the program.

      (d) Prohibit the mediator from reporting to the court any information about the mediation other than whether the dispute was resolved.

      (e) Establish a sliding schedule of fees for participation in the program based on the ability of a party to pay.

      (f) Provide for the acceptance of gifts and grants offered in support of the program.

      (g) Allow the court to refer the parties to a private mediator.

      3.  The costs of the program must be paid from the county general fund. All fees, gifts and grants collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in the county general fund.

      4.  This section does not prohibit a court from referring a financial or other issue to a special master or other person for assistance in resolving the dispute.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1203; A 2011, 1131; 2013, 1610)

      NRS 3.500  Establishment of programs of mandatory mediation in county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000.

      1.  In a county whose population is 100,000 or more and less than 700,000, the district court shall establish by rule approved by the Supreme Court a program of mandatory mediation in cases which involve the custody or visitation of a child. A district court in a county whose population is less than 100,000 may establish such a program in the same manner for use in that county. The district courts in two or more counties whose populations are less than 100,000 may establish such a program in the same manner for use in the counties in which the courts are located.

      2.  The program must:

      (a) Require the impartial mediation of the issues of custody and visitation and any other nonfinancial issue deemed appropriate by the court.

      (b) Allow the court to exclude a case from the program for good cause shown, including a showing of a history of child abuse or domestic violence by one of the parties, ongoing private mediation or residency of one of the parties out of the jurisdiction of the court.

      (c) Provide standards for the training of the mediators assigned to cases pursuant to the rule, including but not limited to:

             (1) Minimum educational requirements, which may not be restricted to any particular professional or educational training;

             (2) Minimum requirements for training in the procedural aspects of mediation and the interpersonal skills necessary to act as a mediator;

             (3) A minimum period of apprenticeship for persons who have not previously acted as domestic mediators;

             (4) Minimum requirements for continuing education; and

            (5) Procedures to ensure that potential mediators understand the high standard of ethics and confidentiality related to their participation in the program.

      (d) Prohibit the mediator from reporting to the court any information about the mediation other than whether the mediation was successful or not.

      (e) Establish a sliding schedule of fees for participation in the program based on the client’s ability to pay.

      (f) Provide for the acceptance of gifts and grants offered in support of the program.

      (g) Allow the court to refer the parties to a private mediator for assistance in resolving the issues.

      3.  The costs of the program must be paid from the account for dispute resolution in the county general fund. All fees, gifts and grants collected pursuant to this section must be deposited in the account.

      4.  This section does not prohibit a court from referring a financial or other issue to a special master or other person for assistance in resolving the dispute.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 917; A 1993, 1213; 2011, 1132; 2013, 1611)