CARSON CITY, Nev. (CN) – Holding true to tradition, the Nevada Supreme Court allowed initial terms of two years for newly created judicial positions.
Elizabeth Halverson had filed a petition for declaratory relief to stop the election of four district court judges. She contended that the terms should always last for six years.
Justice Hardesty denied her petition, citing a precedent of shortened terms to keep all of the judges on the same election cycle.
“The framers of the constitution intended for the election of district court judges to ultimately occur during the same election cycle,” Hardesty said.
In 1870, a judge passed away, and his replacement refused to leave when he was voted out of office, since he claimed to be entitled to a four-year term.