Incline Village - Crystal Bay Township Justice Court
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At this time, Incline Justice Court remains closed to the public. Prior Administrative Orders issued regarding COVID-19 remain in effect. All scheduled hearings, including any previously set matter, will continued to be conducted via Zoom only. Please refer to the instructions below on appearing via Zoom.
Kindly check back to this website for updates. We will keep you advised as our phased plan to reopen the Court is developed, and we reach community milestones that allow us to begin to partially open to the public.
In response to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our region, the Courthouse is currently closed to the public. Court staff will still be working during normal hours, but the facility is closed to the public.
As of March 17, 2020, the Court has implemented an Administrative Order setting forth certain procedures adopted during the period of Coronavirus Emergency. Please click here to see the Administrative Order.
On April 1, 2020, the Court has also implemented a second Administrative Order adopting the Governor's Order staying certain Eviction Proceedings. This Administrative Order expired on October 15, 2020. Please click here to see that Administrative Order.
If you are on the Court's random color testing program, please continue to call in until further notice.
Be safe and stay healthy!
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The Incline Village - Crystal Bay Justice Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and is divided into three (3) main areas; the Citation Division, the Civil Division and the Criminal Division. Additionally, the Court handles Evictions and Protective Orders.
The Citation Division deals with all citations issued in the Incline Village - Crystal Bay Township including, but not limited to those issued by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, the Nevada Highway Patrol, the State of Nevada Parks Department, Washoe County School District, the State Contractor's Board and Washoe County Animal Control. If you have been instructed that you can come to Court and pay the fine on your citation without seeing a judge, your case has more than likely been directed to the Citation Division.
The Civil Division is divided into two primary (2) areas; Civil Actions and Small Claims. Civil actions presently have a monetary limit of $15,000.00. Small Claims actions have a monetary limit of $10,000.00 and are conducted more informally and generally without attorneys present.
The Criminal Division deals with cases which are being prosecuted by the Washoe County District Attorney's Office (or the State of Nevada Attorney General`s Office in certain cases). All criminal proceedings in the Incline Village - Crystal Bay Township, whether misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony cases originate in Incline Justice Court. A preliminary examination is held in gross misdemeanor and felony cases and, should the Judge make a finding of probable cause, the case is forwarded to the Second Judicial District Court for adjudication. Incline Justice Court is the trial court in misdemeanor cases.
Evictions deal with landlord-tenant disputes. In these matters, typically, the landlord seeks to have the tenant removed from the property and to retake possession thereof. An eviction proceeding does not deal with any monetary damages or counterclaims but only who has possessory rights to the property.
Protective Orders can be requested for Stalking/Harassment or Domestic Violence.
The Court is NOT PRESENTLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Court Staff is still working during normal business hours but the Court facility is closed. Normal business hours are:
- Monday - 9a - 4p
- Tuesday - 8a - 4p
- Wednesday - 9a - 4p
- Thursday - 9a - 4p
- Friday - CLOSED
865 Tahoe Boulevard, Suite 301
Incline Village, Nevada 89451
DRESS AND APPEARANCE
Appropriate attire is required. Appearing in Court in tank tops, shorts or cut-offs is prohibited. Shirt and shoes are also required.
It is the mission of Justice Courts to promote and preserve the rule of law and protection of property rights by providing a fair, independent, and impartial forum for the peaceful resolution of legal conflicts according to the law. Further, it is the mission of Justice Courts to provide judicial services in such a manner as to: 1) promote access to justice; 2) adjudicate cases in an expeditious and timely manner; 3) utilize public resources efficiently and effectively such that it demonstrates accountability and engenders public trust and confidence; and 4) promote an understanding of the Courts as a vital component of the tripartite system of government, independent of and co-equal to the Legislative and Executive branches.
The information contained on this website is provided as a reference guide. The statements herein do not necessarily represent the view of the Court on the outcome of any case. Furthermore, no copyright is claimed in this text, the policies or information contained herein. The legal citations contained herein are subject to statutory amendment and/or change in Nevada case law. Moreover, the Court`s policies set forth herein and the judge's interpretation of the law are subject to change at any time. For more detailed information about your legal rights and remedies, you are encouraged to contact an attorney.