What is the difference between district and justice court?

District Court and Justice Court are two separate entities within the judicial system that hold varying levels of jurisdiction. Justice Court hears both misdemeanor criminal cases and felony criminal preliminary hearings. Misdemeanor criminal cases are resolved at the Justice Court level. Felony Criminal cases begin in justice court and are bound over to District Court at the preliminary hearing. Justice Court also hears misdemeanor traffic cases, restraining orders, small claims, evictions, and all other civil matters that amount in controversy to less than $10,000. District Court hears all civil cases beyond this. If you have questions about a case or hearing date, please make sure that you contact the correct court staff.

Justice Court Small Claims and Traffic: (775) 623-6377

Justice Court Criminal: (775) 623-6059

District Court: (775) 623-6451 or (775) 623-6371

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1. What is the difference between district and justice court?
2. Can I speak to the Judge directly?
3. Do I get paid for jury duty?
4. How can I request to be excused from jury duty?
5. What if I receive a juror summons for someone who no longer lives at my address?
6. What can I bring with me when I appear for jury duty?
7. How do I get selected for jury duty?
8. How do I file a complaint?
9. I need to obtain legal help. What are my options?
10. I need to file for custody, divorce, or administration of an estate, etc. What should my first step be?
11. If I can't find a form on your website, what can I do?
12. Where do I mail my filings?
13. How can I obtain court records or perform a name search for a background check?
14. Why can't District Court employees offer legal advice?
15. Where is the district court office located?