Nevada is amongst the minority of states without statewide criminal procedure rules. Statewide rules are important because they promote fairness, regularity, and transparency regardless of where in the state a criminal case is being adjudicated and who it is being adjudicated in front of. This report intends to compare the varying states’ criminal procedure rules, to provide Nevada’s legal community with an awareness of how rules can be structured, what rules are included, and how rules interact with statutes and other court rules. If Nevada chooses to follow in the path of the forty-seven states and develop statewide criminal procedure rules, this report also offers some considerations as to the potential applicability, depth, and specifics of statewide criminal procedure rules.
Each year the staff of the Nevada Law Journal authors a white paper surveying an area of law particularly relevant to Nevada.
Nevada Law Journal Staff, Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure: A 50 State Review, 1 Nev. L.J. Forum 1 (2017).