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Traffic citations down in East Fork court

Staff Reports

Maybe Douglas County drivers are getting better, or maybe there’s just less time to give out tickets, but traffic citations handled by East Fork Justice Court dropped 16 percent from 2014 to 2015.

It wasn’t alone. Traffic filings across the state were down 11 percent from the previous year.

While traffic citations were down, the number of cases disposed of in East Fork rose from 5,130 to 5,722.

East Fork remains the third busiest justice court outside of Reno and Clark counties, with 2,044 cases a year.

East Fork Justice Court saw a slight increase in the number of cases it handled in 2015. The court covers all of Douglas County outside of Lake Tahoe.

The Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, has been released on the courts website located at The document provides a detailed look at the caseloads for the Nevada Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the District Courts and the Limited Jurisdiction courts in the state’s 11 judicial districts.

The 48-page report includes information concerning the first six months of operation for the Nevada Court of Appeals and adds a new cost per case for the District and Limited Jurisdiction Courts based on the state and local general fund appropriations for the Nevada Judiciary.

“The fiscal year was a very productive period for the state courts and the new Court of Appeals,” said Chief Justice James W. Hardesty.

The Court of Appeals was approved by voters in November 2014 with case assignments beginning in January 2015. The Court of Appeals was assigned 500 cases and disposed of 304 cases in the first six months of operation. This effort allowed the Supreme Court to reduce the number of cases pending on its docket.

Former Douglas County District Court Judge Michael Gibbons was appointed chief justice of the new appeals court.

Douglas County’s district courts saw a 27 percent decrease in criminal cases over 2014, according to the annual report of the judiciary released on Wednesday.

The court had the second lowest number of nontraffic cases filed per judicial position in the state with 647.

The report lists 159 criminal cases filed in 2015, down from 218 cases in 2014.

Civil cases filed also decreased slightly from 350 in 2014 to 343 in 2015.

The number of juvenile cases filed dropped by nearly half from 67 in 2014 to 36 in 2015.

Fiscal year 2015 ended June 30, 2015.

“The new cost per case comparison offers new insight into the costs associated with the adjudication of cases in the District and Limited Jurisdiction courts,” Hardesty said. “The review will take on more meaning in future fiscal years as the cost of adjudication evaluates the cost to taxpayers of Nevada’s public judicial system.”

The annual report is available to the public as a printed document at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Carson City or Las Vegas or it can be accessed and downloaded from the Supreme Court website at