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Civil Formal ($10,000 limit)
Please refer to the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedures for specific information regarding civil actions. The following is only a brief overview.
Civil actions are those cases that are not criminal, small claims, or eviction actions. A civil action is brought to secure a legal remedy for individuals or corporate entities. Justice courts (courts of limited jurisdiction) have no jurisdiction/power to hear any case not specifically granted to the courts by statute. Justice courts have no power to issue temporary restraining orders or to grant injunctive relief except in cases of domestic violence, stalking and harassment, sexual assault, and workplace harassment.
Justice courts have jurisdiction over most civil actions where the amount of damages in controversy does not exceed $10,000.00.
Proceedings in civil cases are formal hearings with the purpose of dispensing justice between parties. Both the plaintiff and defendant may be represented by attorneys. The parties may also represent themselves. See NRS 4.370 to read more about Jurisdiction.