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Short Trial Program

Implemented in June, 2002, a court-administered Short Trial Program ("STP") has been in place to resolve disputes through means other than traditional trials.  The program provides an alternative to civil actions that would otherwise enter the mandatory court supervised arbitration program, that is, cases that have a probable jury award value not in excess of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per plaintiff.

The STP is designed to get cases to trial on a fast track (eight months or less), essentially costs taxpayers nothing, and utilizes courtrooms that may not already be in use, while at the same time providing parties a full and fair trial before a judge and/or jury – to give them their “day in court”.  Cases not resolved in arbitration or mediation automatically enter the STP subject to a party’s timely right to file a request to remove the case from the STP and return it to the District Court trial docket.  Parties may agree to bypass the mandatory arbitration or voluntary mediation programs altogether and enter the STP directly.  Parties have a right to file a direct appeal of the final judgment rendered in the STP to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Each side is allowed only three (3) hours to present their case including opening and closing statements, presentation of evidence, and examination and cross-examination of witnesses.  The trial is presided over by a judge pro tempore selected from a qualified court panel list; the judge pro tempore carefully monitors the time allotted each side.

Short jury trials are heard by a panel of four, six or eight jurors; a decision of three-fourths is necessary to render a verdict.  A judgment arising out of the STP may not exceed $50,000 per plaintiff (excluding attorney’s fees and interest) unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.

The STP is overseen by the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Office, which also administers the Arbitration and Mediation Programs.  The ADR Commissioner and his staff are always available to solve any problem and answer any questions regarding arbitration, mediation and the STP.  Please call (702) 671-4493.  Rules and Forms are available to download at no cost on this web site.  We have added the ability to purchase the Nevada ADR Rules and Forms on a floppy disk in addition to the rules and form packets available for purchase at the ADR Office.

Form Packets and Rules

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