Nevada in the United States

Legal Materials

The Nevada Revised Statutes and the Nevada Administrative Code, the Nevada Legislature, new laws and Supreme Court Opinions are all posted by the State of Nevada. Links to Nevada government agencies and other primary legal materials are posted by FindLaw, the Georgetown Law Library and Washlaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter.

Nevada legal resources are discussed in Nevada Legal Research Guide (W.S. Hein, 2012). “Nevada Practice Materials: A Selective Annotated Bibliography” by G. LeGrande Fletcher was published in 91(2) Law Library Journal 313 (Spring 1999) is dated but still useful for historical information.

To check on the status of pending bills, when the legislature is in session, call the Nevada Legislative Hotline. The Hotline phone number changes each year, but you can always get it by calling the Nevada State Library (775-684-3360). For information about bills when the legislature is not in session, call the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Research Library (775-684-6827).

The legislative history materials for Nevada bills back to 1865 are posted by the Research Division of the Nevada Legislature.

Nevada does not have a unified database for docket sheets and case information, but some jurisdictions have their own systems. You can look up information for courts inWashoe County (including Reno) and Clark County (including Las Vegas). Las Vegas Township Justice Court civil dockets are also available on the Clark County website. In addition, there is a searchable docket database for the City of North Las Vegas Municipal Court. See the Docket Sheets entry for more resources.

For questions about Nevada legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the University of Nevada’s law library (702-784-6039) or the Clark County Law Library(702-455-4696). For government documents, call the Nevada State Library and Archives (775-684-3360).

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For more U.S. state primary law resources, see, for example:

Topics Covered by the Nevada Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Nevada jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Nevada statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Nevada Statutes
  • NV Cases & Case Law
  • Nevada Legal Websites
  • NV State Government Info
  • Nevada Counties
  • Nevada Cities
  • Nevada Legislation
  • NV Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Nevada Legal Forms
  • Nevada Courts
  • Nevada Local Court Rules
  • NV State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Nevada Law Enforcement
  • Nevada Media Sources


See Also

Nevada: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Nevada. This part provides references, in relation to Nevada, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Nevada by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Nevada and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Nevada or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Nevada and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Nevada. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Nevada should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Nevada when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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