Nevada State Judicial Department

Sec. § 1.467
Finding of whether reasonable probability of grounds for disciplinary action exists required; letter of caution; deferred discipline agreement; procedure when reasonable probability is found to exist.


After a judge responds to the complaint as required pursuant to NRS 1.4667, the Commission shall make a finding of whether there is a reasonable probability that the evidence available for introduction at a formal hearing could clearly and convincingly establish grounds for disciplinary action against the judge.


If the Commission finds that such a reasonable probability does not exist, the Commission shall dismiss the complaint with or without a letter of caution. The Commission may consider a letter of caution when deciding the appropriate action to be taken on a subsequent complaint against a judge unless the caution is not relevant to the misconduct alleged in the subsequent complaint.


If the Commission finds that such a reasonable probability exists, but reasonably believes that the misconduct would be addressed more appropriately through rehabilitation, treatment, education or minor corrective action, the Commission may enter into a deferred discipline agreement with the judge for a definite period as described in NRS 1.468.


The Commission shall not dismiss a complaint with a letter of caution or enter into a deferred discipline agreement with a judge if:


The misconduct of the judge involves the misappropriation of money, dishonesty, deceit, fraud, misrepresentation or a crime that adversely reflects on the honesty, trustworthiness or fitness of the judge;


The misconduct of the judge resulted or will likely result in substantial prejudice to a litigant or other person;


The misconduct of the judge is part of a pattern of similar misconduct; or


The misconduct of the judge is of the same nature as misconduct for which the judge has been publicly disciplined or which was the subject of a deferred discipline agreement entered into by the judge within the immediately preceding 5 years.


If the Commission finds that such a reasonable probability exists and that formal proceedings are warranted, the Commission shall, in accordance with its procedural rules, designate special counsel to sign under oath and file with the Commission a formal statement of charges against the judge.


Within 20 days after service of the formal statement of charges, the judge shall file an answer with the Commission under oath. If the judge fails to answer the formal statement of charges within that period, the Commission shall deem such failure to be an admission that the charges set forth in the formal statement:


Are true; and


Establish grounds for discipline pursuant to NRS 1.4653.


The Commission shall adopt rules regarding disclosure and discovery after the filing of a formal statement of charges.


By leave of the Commission, a statement of formal charges may be amended at any time, before the close of the hearing, to allege additional matters discovered in a subsequent investigation or to conform to proof presented at the hearing if the judge has adequate time, as determined by the Commission, to prepare a defense.

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