East Fork Justice one of Nevada’s busiest courts
December 18, 2016
East Fork Justice Court remains one of the busiest in the state outside of Clark County, according to data released by the Nevada Judiciary earlier this week.
The court — which sees criminal, civil, traffic and parking violation cases — accounts for most of the cases heard in the state's Ninth Judicial District
"This justice court is one of the busiest per capita in the state outside of Clark County," Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins said. "We've got a case load that's the same as Reno or Sparks."
East Fork had 2,056 total filings and 7,337 traffic and parking cases in fiscal year 2015-16, with a clearance rate of 91 percent for nontraffic, and 97 percent for traffic.
In comparison, Carson City Justice Court had 5,044 filings across two justices of the peace, with 8,637 traffic and parking cases.
Elko Justice Court with one justice of the peace had 2,806 total filings, 5,887 traffic and parking.
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East Fork Township has been qualified for a second justice of the peace for about a decade. Due to the economy and lack of room, that plan has been rejected every two years.
There were 4,915 cases filed in the Ninth Judicial District courts during fiscal year 2016. Of those, half were criminal cases, 29 percent were civil cases, 19 percent were family cases, and less than 2 percent were juvenile cases. There were 3,817 nontraffic cases disposed during the fiscal year. The disposition rate for all cases in the Ninth Judicial District courts was 78 percent.
The 2016 Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary has been released on the courts website located at http://nvcourts.gov/Supreme/ Reports/Annual_Reports/2016_ Annual_Report/.