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Ballot Question Could Create New Appeals Court in Nevada

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Supporters of ballot Question 1 say cases are stacking up in the Supreme Court. Specifically, appeals - the cases waiting to be re-evaluated when the first decision is contested. The wait time is often several years.

“You know, it puts a stop to your business, if you're involved in a lawsuit and you're not getting into court, you're sitting there waiting for that solution, it takes the energy of your entire team,” says Tammy Dermody, owner of Walton's Funerals and Cremations.

If passed, the ballot question would create a separate Court of Appeals for the Silver State.    

Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty says the new model would identify which cases need to go before the Supreme Court and which can be handled by special appellate judges.

“This allows for all of the cases to be resolved more rapidly. With a lot less costs to the litigants."

So creating this new court of appeals will cost taxpayers money, right? Not really say committee members, the infrastructure is already in place.

“The only costs are the operating costs - that's about a $1.5 million per year.”

Hardesty also says those costs will be offset by money that the Supreme Court has not been using over the past four years.
    
Opponents of the ballot question say a similar effort to create an appeals court has failed four times in the past. They argue the backlog of appeals has not grown enough since the measure was rejected in 2010 to justify creating an appellate court.

Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto back the measure.

If Question 1 is approved on the November ballot, the new court of appeals would have three judges - initially be appointed by the governor to serve two years. After which time they would become elected positions.
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