Until recently, Nevada state courts have had only one appellate court: the “Nevada Supreme Court.” However, on November 4, 2014, Nevada voters approved an intermediate court of appeals by a majority vote. The effective date of the “Court of Appeals” was January 5, 2015. The Court of Appeals will have statewide jurisdiction, with the purpose of reducing the Nevada Supreme Court caseload and providing faster resolution of appeals.
A party will still file an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court in the same manner as provided for by the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. Certain cases will remain in the Supreme Court throughout the appeal and other cases will be presumptively assigned to the Court of Appeals. See NRAP 17: The Amendments to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure can be found here under the document titled, “14-41315.”
The Court of Appeals will hear and decide those matters assigned to it by the Supreme Court; it can elect to hear oral arguments or issue published opinions in the Nevada Reporter. Upon issuance of a decision by the Court of Appeals, a party may still file a Petition for Review by the Nevada Supreme Court.