Nevada Court Records

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Nevada courts that have kept records of genealogical value are listed below.

Municipal courts have citywide jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and minor criminal cases.

Justice courts have townshipwide jurisdiction over misdemeanors and minor civil cases.

District courts have district-wide jurisdiction over criminal cases and over civil cases concerning equity, probate, divorce, and juvenile matters. They also have appellate jurisdiction over justice and municipal courts.

Supreme court has statewide appellate jurisdiction.

The Family History Library does not have copies of the court records. You can contact the county clerk to obtain copies of most of the records. A few of the original records are now in the Nevada State Library and Archives. The state library has compiled an index to many 1855 and 1864 court cases. These cases include probate, divorce, and other court actions.

Current inventories of Nevada county court records are being compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts of the State of Nevada. When completed, these inventories will be available at the Nevada State Library and Archives.