Storey County's beautiful courthouse was built in 1876. The first county courthouse was destroyed in the Great Fire of October 1875. A life-sized figure of an un-blindfolded Justice stands as sentry at the entrance.
Many people are unfamiliar with a courtroom. To help make your visit a more pleasant experience, here are some guidelines:
Parking is on the south side of the courthouse. There are two entrances to our courtroom. The front entrance is on B Street. An entrance on the south side of the building next to the parking lot provides wheelchair access. Our courtroom is located on the second floor and is accessible by stairs or elevator.
Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of the building.
Storey County Sheriff's Officers enforce security in our Courtroom.
No weapons of any kind are allowed in the building. Law enforcement officers are exempted.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Check in with the Justice Court Clerk who will then direct you to the courtroom. Depending on the number of cases, you may have to wait. Traffic arraignments are usually on a "stacked" calendar. (Several cases may be scheduled at the same time.) The schedule; however, usually moves along quickly.
No food or beverages are allowed in the courtroom. Cells phones and any other electronic devices must be turned off.
You don't have to wear a suit to court, but DO wear appropriate attire. Clothing which displays offensive slogans or pictures is not allowed. Do not wear tank tops or shorts, or anything which displays a midriff. Do not wear sunglasses in the courtroom. Hats must also be removed before entering the courtroom unless the hat is worn in accordance with religious beliefs.
Please refrain from talking or whispering in the courtroom while court is in session.
The courtroom is not a comfortable place for children. Unless a child is required to appear for a hearing, please arrange for child care during your visit to our courtroom.