CARSON CITY — The 2011 Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary has been released, providing a detailed look at what the Nevada Supreme Court and courts at all levels throughout Nevada have accomplished during fiscal year 2011.
The 48-page annual report is available to the public as a printed document at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Carson City or Las Vegas or it can be accessed and downloaded from the Supreme Court website, www.nevadajudiciary.us.
The annual report is based on statistics the trial courts have provided in a uniform manner since 1999, at the direction of the Supreme Court.
During fiscal year 2011, the Nevada Supreme Court had 2,395 filings, keeping it one of the busiest appellate courts in the United States. The number of filings was an increase of nearly 6 percent from fiscal year 2010 (2,266 filings).
The Supreme Court disposed of 2,220 cases in 2011, compared with 2,419 in fiscal year 2010. The number of pending cases grew from 1,514 to 1,689 in fiscal year 2011, its highest level since fiscal year 2000.
Because Nevada has no intermediate Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court must consider all appeals filed and handle a variety of other administrative and legal matters as well. In addition to caseload statistics, the annual report provides information about the achievements, programs, commissions and committees of the Nevada Judiciary that do not surface in the statistical reports.
The commissions, such as the Access to Justice Commission, have been created to help improve the efficiency and openness of the courts. The Judicial Public Information Committee’s successful Law Day Live program is also detailed.
Information is included about the the Foreclosure Mediation Program, as well as the continued success and cost effective use of the Senior Judge Program.
The report also highlights the work of Nevada’s courts, including technological achievements that make the courts more accessible and efficient, court security measures, judicial education to make judges more effective and the highly successful Specialty Court system.
The annual report additionally provides an overview of the judicial branch structure, funding and the judicial districts and judges.