Since July of 1992, the Court Annexed Arbitration program has been in place in the Eighth Judicial District Court to provide a simplified procedure for obtaining a prompt, economical and equitable resolution of certain civil cases. Subject to certain exceptions, all civil cases commenced in District Court that have a probable jury award value not in excess of $50,000 per plaintiff are subject to the program. This form of alternative dispute resolution allows litigants to obtain relief outside the formal court setting.
Every contested civil case filed in District Court is reviewed by the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Office. The ADR Commissioner examines over 8,000 files each year to determine whether a case remains before the assigned Judge or is directed to arbitration or other forms of ADR. Among other duties, the ADR Commissioner is charged with resolving any problems that arise from proceedings while in ADR, and is appointed by and responsible to the full complement of District Court Judges.
At the direction of the ADR Commissioner, the ADR Office processes, opens, and monitors over 4000 arbitration cases per year. This includes randomly assigning arbitrators from the approved panel of over 300 qualified arbitrators and monitoring all arbitration proceedings to conclusion, whether by award, settlement or return to the District Court trial docket. The Court Annexed Arbitration Program successfully resolves over 75% of the cases assigned to it. Any matter in this program that is not resolved by arbitration automatically enters the Short Trial Program (“STP”), subject to a party’s timely right to file a request to remove the case from the STP and return it to the District Court trial docket. Parties may agree to bypass the Court Annexed Arbitration Program altogether and utilize the Court Annexed Mediation Program or enter the Short Trial Program directly.
The Court Annexed Arbitration program is overseen by the ADR Office, which also administers the Nevada Court Annexed Mediation Program, Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Nevada Short Trial Program. The ADR Office is always available to solve problems concerning the Court Annexed Arbitration Program. Please call 702- 671-4493 if you have any questions. Rules and Forms are available to download at no cost on this web site.
Arbitration is the process used to allow a neutral third person, called an Arbitrator, to consider facts and arguments presented by parties in a case. This Arbitrator then renders a decision, which may be binding or nonbinding as provided by Nevada’s Rules of Arbitration.
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