The leadership will pass to the Nevada Supreme Court on January 3, 2021, when Justice Ronald D. Parraguirre formally succeeds Justice James Hardesty as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice has a variety of responsibilities, including serving as the administrative head of the Nevada judiciary as well as the official public voice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
“It is an honor to serve as Chief Justice, and I would like to thank Jim Hardesty for his service and leadership over the past year,” said Parraguirre. “With the help of the Court of Appeal, we were able to significantly reduce the backlog of pending cases to less than 1,000 cases. This figure is remarkably lower than the number of pending cases in previous years. As we enter a new year, I plan to continue to support the Court of Appeal so that appellate courts can continue to solve more cases and express more opinions for the people of Nevada.
During 2022, Parraguirre said it will also focus its attention on the lower courts.
“The backlog of court cases is a concern,” Parraguirre said. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts have been forced to drastically reduce many of their basic functions. This has created an unprecedented backlog of cases in many jurisdictions that judges across the state are diligently fighting to resolve. I want to make sure that all possible resources are available to help them in their efforts.
With the exception of the Nevada Court of Appeal, Parraguirre has served at all levels of the Nevada judicial courts. He was elected to Las Vegas City Court in 1991, appointed to 8th Judicial District Court, Department 3, in 1999, where he was retained, re-elected, and served until 2004. In November 2004, Parraguirre was elected in the Supreme Court of Nevada. Court and was re-elected by voters in 2010 and 2016.
During his three terms on the Supreme Court of Nevada, Parraguirre served on numerous committees and commissions, including the recently formed Commission of the Court to study arbitration of water law cases. He is currently responsible for the Senior Judge Program as well as the Court’s Settlement Program.
He previously served twice as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada in 2010 and 2016, and will remain so until the end of 2022. He intends to be re-elected in March 2022.