Powers of the Commission

Pursuant to Article 6, Section 21(5) of the Nevada Constitution, the Nevada Legislature has passed statutes which govern the Commission's functions. Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 1.4677 provides that the Commission may take one or more of the following actions:

    (a) Publicly admonish, publicly reprimand or publicly censure a judge. 
    (b) Impose a fine upon the judge. 
    (c) Suspend the judge from office without pay.
    (d) Require the judge to:
      (1) Complete a probationary period pursuant to conditions deemed appropriate by the Commission.
      (2) Attend training or educational courses.
      (3) Follow a remedial course of action.
      (4) Issue a public apology.
      (5) Comply with conditions or limitations on future conduct.
      (6) Seek medical, psychiatric or psychological care or counseling and direct the provider of health care or counselor to report to the Commission regarding the condition or progress of the judge.
    (e) Bar the judge from serving in a judicial office in the future.
    (f) Impose any other reasonable disciplinary action or combination of disciplinary actions that the Commission determines will curtail or remedy the misconduct of the judge. 





        Powers the Commission Does Not Have

        The Commission does not have the authority to consider complaints concerning legal errors alleged to have been made by a judge. That is the role of the Appellate Court system. Complainants should not wait to hear from the Commission before pursing legal remedies or seeking the advice of an attorney. The Commission cannot give legal advice to citizens or represent citizens.

          The Commission cannot consider complaints against attorneys. Such complaints should be directed to the State Bar of Nevada.