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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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In nearly all cases, it would be inappropriate for the Judge to speak to any interested parties regarding an open case without the presence of all parties or their legal representation. If you feel you have information relevant to a case, you must provide that information to your attorney. However, if you are representing yourself; please write it down, provide a copy to the opposing party and mail it to Judge Montero’s chambers. Keep in mind that any attempt to sway the Judge toward a certain decision will be disregarded and that if you call his office you will not be permitted to speak with him directly.
The thirteen individuals who are selected to sit on the jury throughout the trial are reimbursed $40 for each day that they serve. In addition, any juror who must travel a considerable distance in order to serve will be reimbursed for their mileage.
Per Nevada statute, persons of 70 years or more as well as those who are 65 or older and living 65 miles or more away are automatically exempt from serving as a juror. If you do not meet these qualifications but you would still like to be excused, you may submit a written request to the Court detailing your reason for the request. Please include as much information about your circumstances as possible. Your letter should contain a phone number at which you can be reached during business hours as well.
Address requests to
50 W. 5th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Please keep in mind that the Judge excuses potential jurors at his discretion and that individuals who receive a summons and fail to appear can be held in contempt. (N.R.S SS 6.020-030, 6.040)
If you receive a summons addressed to someone who no longer resides at your address, please do not sign for it. If you have already opened and read the summons, please let the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office know so that they can update the information in their system.
You are welcome to bring magazines, books, tablets and cellphones when you appear for jury duty as there are often times you will be made to wait. However, once you have been called for voir dire (jury screening process performed by the Judge and counsel) or selected to serve on the jury, you will leave all personal items in a secure place until you have either been excused as a potential juror or the trial has recessed for the day.
The jury pool is comprised of individuals whose names are retrieved from the Winnemucca phone book, Voter Registration, Assessor’s Listings as well as records from the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you serve as a juror, your name will be removed from the jury pool for six months.
To file a complaint in the Sixth Judicial District, you must provide the document you wish to file in its original paper form as the clerk of the court is not currently equipped with an e-filing system. Furthermore, though this district does not currently have district court rules in place, each filed document should be on lined pleading paper and should comply with the district court rules of the State of Nevada. If you are filing from outside of Humboldt County, you may mail the filing fee with the document. Please see our list of filing fees in the self-help center on this website. If you have any further questions about filing protocol and fees, please contact the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office at (775) 623-6343.
It is the first advice of the Court that you obtain professional legal counsel from an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Nevada. However, if you are unable to afford an attorney and must represent yourself, there are numerous pro per legal forms for civil proceedings in our self-help center. There are also a number of legal aid sites available elsewhere on the internet.
If you have decided to proceed in the process without an attorney, you can find all of the original filing and answer forms for divorce, custody, and probate matters in our self-help center on this website. Once you have found the appropriate document and filled it out accordingly, it must be filed with the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office. After the original petition and notice have been filed, all scheduling is handled directly by the Judge’s staff.
If the form you are looking for is not on our website, search the collection of forms on the Washoe County and Clark County court websites. If you find the form that you need but the county header is mislabeled, cross out the incorrect county and write Humboldt above.
All filings should be addressed to the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office at 50 W. 5th Street in Winnemucca, NV, unless otherwise arranged with the Court.
To obtain paper court records or perform a name search please contact the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office. If you would like a copy of an audio-visual recording of a hearing, however; please contact the Judge’s Chambers directly at (775) 623-6371.
District Court employees as well as employees of the County Clerk’s Office are prohibited from offering legal advice because they must maintain impartiality at all times. Furthermore, Court and Court Clerk Staff are not licensed to practice and thus cannot provide legal advice professionally. However, Court staff can offer information about scheduling, the filing process, and the location of pro per resources and official documents.
District Court Chambers is located on the second floor of the new half of the Humboldt County Courthouse building, room 212.