In 2014, Chief Justice Gibbons and Justice Hardesty worked closely with their colleagues on the Court and Nevada’s legal community to explain the need for a Court of Appeals, which was approved by voters in November.
“The beginning of the Court of Appeals marks a historic moment in the history of Nevada’s judicial system and will be one of the most important projects of the Supreme Court in the new year,” said Justice Hardesty. “The Court of Appeals provides us with the opportunity to reduce the backlog of the Supreme Court and eventually provide quicker resolution of all appeals in Nevada. I anticipate assigning our three new appellate judges their first 163 cases the first week of January.”
Chief Justice Hardesty will work with Nevada’s lawmakers on budget and legislation at the 2015 Nevada Legislature and will give the State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers early in the session. The Chief Justice is administrative head of the state’s legal system, speaking publicly for the Court and representing the Nevada Judiciary nationally.
The Chief Justice presides when the Supreme Court sits as the full court and chairs the Commission on Judicial Selection, which nominates candidates for judicial appointment, and the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada. Under the Nevada Constitution, only justices in the last two years of their current 6-year term of office are eligible to be Chief Justice.