Rule 18. Request for trial de novo.
(A) Within 30 days after the arbitration award is served upon the parties, any party may file with the clerk of the court and serve on the other parties and the commissioner a written request for trial de novo of the action. Any party requesting a trial de novo must certify that all arbitrator fees and costs for such party have been paid or shall be paid within 30 days, or that an objection is pending and any balance of fees or costs shall be paid in accordance with subsection (C) of this rule.
(B) The 30-day filing requirement is jurisdictional; an untimely request for trial de novo shall not be considered by the district court.
(C) Any party who has failed to pay the arbitrator’s bill in accordance with this rule shall be deemed to have waived the right to a trial de novo; if a timely objection to the arbitrator’s bill has been filed with the commissioner pursuant to Nevada Arbitration Rules 23 and/or 24, a party shall have 10 days from the date of service of the commissioner’s decision in which to pay any remaining balance owing on said bill. No such objection shall toll the 30-day filing requirement of subsection (B) of this rule.
(D) Any party to the action is entitled to the benefit of a timely filed request for trial de novo. Subject to Rule 22, the case shall proceed in the district court as to all parties in the action unless otherwise stipulated by all appearing parties in the arbitration. In judicial districts that are required to provide a short trial program under the Nevada Short Trial Rules, the trial de novo shall proceed in accordance with the Nevada Short Trial Rules, unless a party timely filed a demand for removal from the short trial program as provided in N.S.T.R. 5.
(E) After the filing and service of the written request for trial de novo, the case shall be set for trial upon compliance with applicable court rules. In judicial districts that are required to provide a short trial program under the Nevada Short Trial Rules, the case shall be set for trial as provided in those rules, unless a party timely filed a demand for removal from the short trial program as provided in N.S.T.R. 5.
(F) If the district court strikes, denies, or dismisses a request for trial de novo for any reason, the court shall explain its reasons in writing and shall enter a final judgment in accordance with the arbitration award. A judgment entered pursuant to this rule shall have the same force and effect as a final judgment of the court in a civil action, and may be appealed in the same manner. Review on appeal, however, is limited to the order striking, denying, or dismissing the trial de novo request and/or a written interlocutory order disposing of a portion of the action.
(G) A motion to strike a request for trial de novo may not be filed more than 30 days after service of the request for trial de novo.
[Added; effective July 1, 1992; amended effective January 1, 2005.]