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What is Reno Justice Court?

Reno 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.  

The Citation Division deals with all citations issued in Reno Township including, but not limited to those issued by the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Washoe County Sheriff`s Office, the University of Nevada Police Department, the Division of Wild Life, the Gaming Control Board, 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 main telephone number for the Citation Division is (775) 325-6503.

The Civil Division is divided into three (3) areas; Civil Actions, Evictions and Small Claims.  Civil actions have a monetary limit of $10,000.00.  Evictions deals with landlord-tenant disputes. Small Claims actions have a monetary limit of $5,000.00 and are conducted more informally, generally, without attorneys present.  The main telephone number for the Civil Division is (775) 325-6501.

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 Reno Township, whether misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony cases originate in Reno Justice Court.  A preliminary examination is held in gross misdemeanor and felony cases and, upon a finding of probable cause by the judge, the case is forwarded to the Second Judicial District Court for adjudication.  Reno Justice  Court is the trial court in misdemeanor cases.  The main telephone number for the Criminal Division is (775) 325-6500.