This past November Nevada voters approved the creation of a “push down” appeals court. A push down court means that the Supreme Court determines what cases it wishes to hear (although some are mandatory) and what it wants to “push down” to the appellate level. Under amended NRAP Rules, family cases are presumptively pushed down, except for termination of parental rights cases and cases of first impression.  While the 3 appellate judges are excellent choices, the appellate court cannot set precedent.  Given the sparsity  of case law on some vitally important issues that effect families in Nevada, we will have to wait and see if the Supreme Court fulfills its responsibility to provide more case law guidance in interpreting statutes.

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