About This Court

-General Information

-Administrative   Structure

-Judicial Officers

-History of Court House

-Rules of Court and
Local Rules/Forms

Administrative Structure

Presiding Judge
The Presiding Judge administers the Nevada County Superior Court Judiciary. He or she is elected once every two years and serves two one-year terms. The Presiding Judge assigns judges and commissioners to posts within the Court system.

Assistant Presiding Judge
The Assistant Presiding Judge is generally elected to the Presiding Judge position. The Assistant Presiding Judge assists the Presiding Judge and acts in the absence of the Presiding Judge. Like the Presiding Judge, the Assistant Presiding Judge is elected annually and serves two one-year terms.

Commissioners in Nevada Superior Court must have five or more years of legal practice. A Commissioner may serve the Nevada Superior Court in certain matters as prescribed by law, and may serve as a Judge Pro Tem when all parties agree.

Committees are important elements of administrative structure. The EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE constitutes a policy-making body. Its members are elected annually. The PERSONNEL AND BUDGET COMMITTEE is concerned with all non-judicial personnel matters and finances required for court operation. Many other committees, such as LEGISLATIVE, RULES, GRAND AND TRIAL JURORS, BENCH and BAR, assist the Presiding Judge, who appoints committee members.

Non-Judicial Administration

Executive Officer
The Executive Officer is responsible for the administrative supervision and control of all non-judicial activities of the Court. The Executive Officer/Clerk also serves as jury commissioner of the court. Court judges select the Executive Officer/Clerk. The Executive Officer/Clerk, under the direction of the Presiding Judge, supervises all administrative activities and personnel, coordinates all staff activities and has charge of planning and improving management methods.

The Court's non-judicial staff provides assistance and support for the judicial officers of the Court in a variety of settings. Courtroom staff, such as the judicial assistant/court clerk, court reporter or electronic recording monitor and courtroom clerical assistants are responsible for assisting the judicial officer and ensuring the integrity of the court's record. Court interpreters provide language interpretation and sign language interpretation for the deaf. Court attendants & sheriff's deputies maintain courtroom security and the integrity of the jury in civil courtrooms. In other courtrooms, these functions are performed by bailiffs, who are deputy sheriffs.

Judicial officers and courtroom staff are supported by management, professional and administrative staffs who provide such services as legal research, records management, human resources administration, budget and financial administration, contract management, purchasing and procurement of supplies, information systems support and facilities maintenance. Specialized professional staff provides such services as mental health and child custody evaluations, marital counseling and mediation programs for family court and juvenile court.