Nevada Supreme Court to Hold Oral Arguments at the NJC

The Nevada Supreme Court will hold oral arguments at The National Judicial College on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the NJC’s Model Courtroom at the University of Nevada, Reno. Two arguments will be held that day at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. PT.

The arguments will be heard by all three members of the northern panel of the Nevada Supreme Court: Justices Michael A. Cherry (presiding), Michael Douglas and Mark Gibbons. Justice Gibbons is a former participant at the NJC.

The cases to be heard on Sept. 14 include one civil case and one criminal case, while both cases are from Northern Nevada.

  • Comstock Residents Association v. Lyon County Board of Commissioners

This is an appeal from an order denying a petition for judicial review in a land use decision. Appellant Comstock Residents Association (CRA) claims that respondent Lyon County Board of Commissioners (Lyon County) violated due process protections and open meetings laws when it approved respondent Comstock Mining Inc.’s (CMI’s) application to amend the Lyon County Master Plan and the zoning of some of CMI’s property near Silver City.

  • Sanchez, Jr. (Amadeo) v. State

This is an appeal from a judgement of conviction, pursuant to a jury verdict, of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon. Amadeo Sanchez, Jr. was found guilty of murder in the first degree. Sanchez filed a timely appeal, alleging that the district court erred in allowing certain testimony.

Although arguments are limited to 30 minutes, the cases have been scheduled one hour apart to allow for introductory remarks by the justices as well as a Q&A from the audience. Comstock Residents Association’s appeal will be heard at 10 a.m., while Sanchez’s appeal will be heard at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Brady Johnson at the NJC so your seating can be accommodated. Media must receive permission through the court to record or photograph the arguments. Visit the court’s website for more information.

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