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Thu August 14, 2014

Judge Says Nevada Needs Appellate Court

Nevada has the worst case backlog of any state supreme court. Justice James Hardesty says that makes it time to end Nevada's status as one of only 10 states in the country with no appellate or intermediary court.

Wednesday, he helped kick off a campaign in support of a November ballot measure to create a state appeals court.  The justice says approval of Question 1 wouldn't cost taxpayers any money because the Supreme Court currently returns money to the state that it can't spend.  Because all appeals from district court are funneled directly to the high court, its backlog has jumped from 1,550 cases five years ago to more than 2,200 today.

Hardesty says some child custody cases take up to four years to complete because of the overwhelming caseload. He said: "Justice delayed is justice denied."