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Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure

Rule 47. Selecting Jurors

(a)   Examination of Jurors. The court must conduct the examination of prospective jurors and must permit such supplemental examination by counsel as it deems proper.

(b)   Challenges to Jurors. The court must allow peremptory challenges and challenges for cause as provided in NRS Chapter 16.

(c)     Alternate Jurors.

(1) In addition to the regular jury, the court may direct that alternate jurors be called and impaneled to sit. Alternate jurors in the order in which they are called must replace jurors who become or are found to be unable or disqualified to perform their duties. Alternate jurors must be drawn in the same manner; have the same qualifications; be subject to the same examination and challenges; take the same oath; and have the same functions, powers, facilities, and privileges as the regular jurors. An alternate juror may replace a regular juror during trial or after the jury retires to consider its verdict. If an alternate juror replaces a regular juror after the jury has retired to deliberate, the court must recall the jury, seat the alternate, and resubmit the case to the jury. Alternate jurors must be discharged when the regular jury is discharged.

(2) Each side is entitled to one additional peremptory challenge for every two alternate jurors that are to be impaneled. The additional peremptory challenges may be used against an alternate juror only, and the regular peremptory challenges allowed by law must not be used against an alternate juror.

Advisory Committee Note—2019 Amendment

The amendments retain the former Nevada rule, adding a cross- reference in Rule 47(b) to NRS Chapter 16, which addresses juror challenges. Rule 47(c) allows alternate jurors to replace regular jurors during jury deliberation, consistent with NRS Chapter 16.

About the Author

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Mr. Young can be reached at 702.667.4868 or at jay@h2law.com.

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