Chief Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins

Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins

Chief Justice of the Peace Kevin Higgins

Chief Judge Kevin Higgins was appointed to the Sparks Justice Court on April 15, 2003, and was retained in 2004, 2010 and 2016.

Judge Higgins came to the bench from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office after 16 years as a prosecutor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Reno Office. During his tenure at the AG's Office, he prosecuted everything from DUI's to death penalty cases and appeared in almost every district court in Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Higgins has joined the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction, the American Judges Association, and the American Judicature Society.  He has attended serveral classes at the National Judicial College, earning his Certificate of Judicial Development in Special Court Trial Skills.  He is the past president of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction and was honored as Judge of the Year in 2011.  Judge Higgins frequently teaches at judicial education conferences.  For over 20 years, he has presented a review of the Nevada Supreme Court criminal cases at the annual meetings of the Nevada District Court Judges Association.

Judge Higgins sits on the national scholarship selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.  In 2001 he was presented the Joseph Stevens Award as the outstanding attorney in public service in the United States in a ceremony at the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Higgins graduated from Reed High School in 1978 and Willamette University in 1982 when he was awarded the 'Senior Key,' presented to the 10 seniors who had contributed the most to the University.  In 1985 he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with his Juris Doctorate.

Judge Higgins is active in the community, a Boy Scout leader, and a founding member of the Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club.  His wife, Tammy, is a nationally recognized first grade teacher.  They are the parents of three high school students.