Bill implements appeals court if voters approve

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Updated: 5/13/2013 10:15 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court justices are hoping voters next year approve SJR14, a constitutional amendment creating an appellate court in Nevada.

In the meantime, they want to be ready and have all the pieces in place to get it up and running quickly.

Chief Justice Kris Pickering and Justice James Hardesty on Monday presented SB463 to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill lays out the process for how appellate judges would be initially appointed for two years by the governor. After that judges would be elected to six-year terms.

The bill sets out an annual salary of $165,000 for appellate judges.

Nevada's high court saw 2,500 cases filed in 2012. Cases per justice totaled 357, the highest in the nation in states without an appellate court.


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