Rule 3. Matters subject to arbitration.
(A) All civil cases commenced in the district courts that have a probable jury award value not in excess of $50,000 per plaintiff, exclusive of interest and costs, and regardless of comparative liability, are subject to the program, except class actions, appeals from courts of limited jurisdiction, probate actions, divorce and other domestic relations actions, actions seeking judicial review of administrative decisions, actions concerning title to real estate, actions for declaratory relief, actions governed by the provisions of NRS 41A.003 to 41A.069, inclusive, actions presenting significant issues of public policy, actions in which the parties have agreed in writing to submit the controversy to arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution method prior to the accrual of the cause of action, actions seeking equitable or extraordinary relief, actions that present unusual circumstances that constitute good cause for removal from the program, actions in which any of the parties is incarcerated and actions utilizing mediation pursuant to Subpart C of these rules.
(B) Any civil case, regardless of the monetary value, the amount in controversy, or the relief sought, may be submitted to the program upon the agreement of all parties and the approval of the district judge to whom the case is assigned.
(C) While a case is in the program, the parties may, with the approval of the district judge to whom the case is assigned, stipulate, or the court may order that a settlement conference, mediation proceeding, or other appropriate settlement technique be conducted by another district judge, a senior judge, or a special master. The settlement procedure conducted pursuant to this subdivision will extend by no more than 30 days the timetable set forth in these rules for resolving cases in the program.
(D) Parties to cases submitted or ordered to the program may agree at any time to be bound by any arbitration ruling or award. If the parties agree to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, the procedures set forth in these rules governing trials de novo will not apply to the case. The parties may, however, either confirm, vacate or modify the decision of the arbitrator in the manner authorized by NRS 38.135, 38.145 and 38.155.
(E) In cases where any party’s claim qualifies for exemption, any other party’s claim, though suitable for arbitration, may be included with the exempt claims in the district court action for the convenience of the litigants, if the party with the claim qualified for arbitration so requests.
[Added; effective July 1, 1992; amended effective March 14, 2007.]