Incline Village - Crystal Bay Township Justice Court
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ON JANUARY 25, 2022, THE WASHOE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS VOTING ON A FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ABOLISH THE INCLINE CONSTABLE'S OFFICE. CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
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Senior Judge James V. Mancuso, Judge E. Alan Tiras and Incline Constable Hans Keller have co-authored a History of the Incline Justice Court and Incline Constable's Office. CLICK HERE to View or Download.
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DUE TO THE INCREASE OF COVID INCIDENCES AS OF JANUARY 24, 2022, INCLINE JUSTICE COURT IS TEMPORARILY RESTRICTING ACCESS TO THE COURT FACILITY. PLEASE SEE OUR HOURS OF OPERATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.
THE COURT WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW COUNSEL AND LITIGANTS TO APPEAR VIRTUALLY (AND, IN FACT ENCOURAGES PARTIES TO DO SO) PURSUANT TO THE COURT'S VIRTUAL COURT CALENDAR (Please see below) AND WILL BE HOLDING HYBRID ARRAIGNMENTS AND HEARINGS. IF IN DOUBT AS TO WHETHER YOU SHOULD APPEAR IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY, PLEASE CALL THE COURT AT 775.832.4100 OR EMAIL US AT .
IMPORTANT - READ THIS!
The Incline Justice Court facility is reopened to the public on a limited basis but otherwise remains closed to the public. ALL scheduled arraignments and hearings may be attended in person OR virtually. If appearing virtually, please read all information provided for your particular proceeding (see below) and follow those instructions. PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU MAY BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR SCHEDULED PROCEEDING. If appearing in person, please note that all persons entering the Court facility must wear masks and will be temperature checked.
Kindly check back to this website for updates. We will keep you advised as our phased plan to reopen the Court is implemented and we reach community milestones that allow us to fully open to the public.
On days in which the Court remains closed to the public, Court staff will still be working during normal operating hours (please see below).
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 currently only partially open to the public. Court Staff is still working during normal business hours but the Court facility may be closed. Business hours currently are:
- Monday - 9a - 4p; but the facility is CLOSED to the public
- Tuesday - 8a - 4p; facility is OPEN to litigants and counsel for any Court business between 8a and noon.
- Wednesday - 8:30a - 4p; facility is OPEN to litigants and counsel for any Court business between 8a and noon.
- Thursday - 8:30a-4p; but facility is OPEN to litigants and counsel only from 8:30a-10a on the first Thursday of each month
- 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.