Criminal Division Information
Criminal Division Supervisor
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Prepare for an Appearance
All Criminal Court Appearances
You should appear at least one-half (1/2) hour before your scheduled court appearance.
Appearing in court in tank tops, shorts or cut-offs is prohibited. Shirt and shoes are also required.
Criminal arraignments begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Thursday for all out of custody defendants. Criminal arraignments begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Friday for all in-custody defendants.
Important - You must check-in at the Arraignment counter no later than 9:00 a.m. There are no exceptions to this rule. The Arraignment counter is located on the first floor of the court. If you go directly to the second floor, your paperwork will not be prepared for the judge and your arraignment will have to be rescheduled.
After you have checked-in on the first floor, you will go to the second floor where a bailiff will direct you to a courtroom.
By law, you must be given your constitutional rights prior to the Arraignment hearing and that is accomplished in the courtroom via video prior to the actual Arraignment hearing. It is imperative that you be in the courtroom at that time or you will not be arraigned that day and will have to return another day to be arraigned.
Avoid Appearing for My Arraignment
If your attorney has signed an Affidavit of Consent to Represent and/or Felony Waiver of Arraignment, you do not have to appear for arraignment. The court will process the paperwork and set the pre-trial and/or Mandatory Status Conference (MSC) with your attorney.
I Can't Afford an Attorney
At time of arrest, during the booking process, everyone is interviewed to see whether or not they qualify for the services of the Washoe County Public Defender. On the date of your arraignment, you will be told whether or not a Public Defender has been appointed to your case.
If, at the time of your arraignment, you are told you did not receive a Public Defender appointment, you may re-apply before the Judge during your arraignment. The Judge will determine at that time whether or not you qualify for the services of the Public Defender.
Change Your Arraignment Date
In order to obtain a continuance for your arraignment, you must have a written or verbal stipulation from the District Attorney Office (775) 328-3200. At which time, a continuance of up to TWO (2) weeks may be granted.
Other Court Appearances Other Than Arraignments
On the date of your court appearance you do not need to appear at the arraignment counter of the Criminal Division. Go to the second floor of the court and check-in with the clerks behind the counter. They will tell you whether or not your attorney has checked in and where to wait until at which time you are called.
The following options are available for resolving an outstanding bench warrant.
Important - With an active warrant, you are subject to arrest 24 hours a day.
Option 1 - Court Appearance
Come to the court Monday - Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and check-in with the Criminal Department to appear before the judge.
1 South Sierra Street
Reno, Nevada 89501
Option 2 - Turn Yourself-In
Go to the Washoe County Detention Center at 911 Parr Boulevard and turn yourself in to be booked on the warrant.
Washoe County Detention Center Address
911 Parr Boulevard
Reno, Nevada 89512
Make a Payment
There are two options available for making your payments.
Option 1 - In Person
Payments may be made in person at the Reno Justice Court from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- In-person payments may be made via cash, cashier’s check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
- Credit Card processing is provided by Govpay which includes a 3.5% processing fee.
- For proper processing your full name and case number is required.
1 South Sierra Street
Reno, Nevada 89501
Option 2 - By Mail
Payments may be made through the mail by:
- Payment may be made by mail in the form of cashier’s checks or money orders.
- Your full name and case number must be legible.
Important - Be sure payment is post-marked before the due date to avoid additional penalties.
Reno Justice Court
PO Box 11130
Reno, Nevada 89520-0027
If you are sentenced to pay a fine and the fine is more than $200.00 the court may allow you to make your payments on a monthly schedule. The minimum payment is usually $50.00 per month, unless ordered differently by the judge. The payment is usually due THIRTY (30) days from the sentencing date and every THIRTY (30) days thereafter until paid.
If you need an extension, there will be an extension fee of $10.00 for the first three extensions, which is to be paid at the time of the request. YOU MUST MAKE THIS REQUEST IN PERSON, we do not approve extensions over the telephone. If you need more than three extensions, you need to appear before the court during Arraignments. The check-in time for Arraignments is 9:30 a.m. Monday - Thursday. You must check-in with the Criminal Department prior to appearing in court.
If you miss a payment, you will receive ONE (1) courtesy notice reminding you of the missed payment. If you do not respond to the notice, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If a bench warrant is issued YOU ARE NO LONGER ON A PARTIAL PAYMENT PLAN and the entire amount will be due and payable upon arrest.
The Court may grant you the option to complete community service in lieu of paying a fine. You can either complete your community service through the Washoe County Sheriff's Community Work Program (external link) or a non-profit organization depending upon specific sentencing instructions from the judge. You need to contact the Criminal Department to sign up for community service.
If you live outside of Washoe County, you must sign up with the court in Reno to obtain the proper paperwork and then take your paper work to any non-profit organization where you reside. The organization must notify the court within TEN (10) days of your enrollment that you are signed up for community service. The organization must also notify the court in writing of either your completion or failure to complete the community service. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE COURT IS IN RECEIPT OF ANY AND ALL COMPLETIONS.
Community Service Links
- Washoe County Sheriff's Community Work Program (External Link )
Seal a Criminal Record
Download the Request to Seal Records packet for information on the process to have a record seal.