Nevada’s highest court is called the Supreme Court of Nevada. The court has six justices and one chief justice, who is the most senior justice on the court. (Source: Nevada State Legislature)
Justices on the Supreme Court of Nevada are selected for six-year terms through a nonpartisan election, where multiple candidates may vie for the seat. Justices may seek additional terms through nonpartisan elections. To fill an interim vacancy, the governor appoints a candidate from a list provided by a judicial nominating commission. The appointed justice holds office until Nevada’s next general election. The elected justice serves the remainder of the unexpired term. There are no term limits, nor is there a mandatory retirement age.
Nevada’s first and only constitution was adopted in 1864. As of January 1, 2022, it had 144 amendments. (Source: Council of State Governments)
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