How to Obtain Court Records in Nevada
Nevadans will find several layers of state courts, starting with municipal courts that have very limited jurisdiction over traffic infractions and violations of local ordinances. Above the municipal courts are justice courts which hold some small claims and civil cases under $10,000, traffic violations, and misdemeanors.
In Nevada, district courts have general jurisdiction over civil and criminal trials. In most areas, district courts also handle juvenile and family (divorce) cases. There are only two specialized family courts in the state, in Washoe and Clark counties.
The Nevada appellate court hears disputes over lower court decisions. The state supreme court takes automatic appeals of death row cases and has the final say on the constitutionality of state laws.
Finding court records
Getting copies of certain court records or documents can be important: they can help to iron out custody issues, ownership of property, trespassing orders, protection orders, and financial settlements.
To get copies of court documents start by locating the court where the case was heard and contact the clerk of the court using this list: https://nvcourts.gov/AOC/Administration/Documents/Judicial_Directory/.
Access to court records may be restricted due to confidentiality issues, particularly juvenile cases, situations in which victims of sexual crimes are identified, and when medical information is divulged.
Divorce records requests
A copy of a divorce decree spells out terms of the divorce, including custody of minor children, term of alimony, distribution of shared assets, and name changes. To get a copy of your divorce decree, contact the clerk of the district court where the divorce was granted by using this list: https://nvcourts.gov/AOC/Administration/Documents/Judicial_Directory/.
Probate court records
Probate is part of district courts in Nevada. It’s the division that oversees the distribution of a person’s estate and assets after his death. Probate courts may also handle adoptions, guardianships, and other issues. To request a probate court record, contact the clerk of the district court where the person lived using this directory: https://nvcourts.gov/AOC/Administration/Documents/Judicial_Directory/.
If you’re seeking records of a bankruptcy, they’re held in the U.S. District Court, which is a federal court within the state of Nevada. Federal courts also have criminal trials and civil trials for cases that concern residents of more than one state. To find a record of a federal case, start by searching here: https://www.pacer.gov.