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As of today, counsel filing a complaint in Nevada must provide the court with a “short and plain statement of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction, unless the court already has jurisdiction and the claim needs no new jurisdictional support”.  NRCP 8(a)(1).   A reader inquired what a jurisdictional statement should look like.  I gave him some ideas, then promised I would follow up.  This is my effort to do that.

If you are familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and practice in federal court, this concept is not new to you.  But if you only practice in Nevada’s state courts, the concept of providing the court with a jurisdictional statement may take some time.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of sample jurisdictional statements that you might find useful when pleading a claim in Nevada.   All circumstances vary and you should conduct your own research before determining that any of these apply to your claim.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to Nev. Const. art. VI, § 6, as this Court has original jurisdiction in all cases not assigned to the justices’ courts.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to Nev. Const. art. VI, § 6, as this Court has original jurisdiction over matters involving title to real property.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to Nevada’s Long Arm Statute, NRS 14.065.  Nonresident Defendant(s) [INSERT NAME(S)] availed [HIMSELF/HERSELF/ITSELF] of opportunities to conduct business in the State of Nevada, establishing minimum contacts with the forum, and [IS/ARE] therefore subject to personal jurisdiction in Nevada on claim(s) arising out of that contact.

This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 4.370(1), as the matter in controversy exceeds $15,000, exclusive of attorney’s fees, interest, and costs.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 118C.220, as Plaintiff combines an action for summary eviction of a tenant from commercial premises with a claim to recover contractual damages in an amount in excess of $15,000, exclusive of attorney’s fees, interest, and costs.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 38.243, as this matter seeks an order confirming an arbitration award and entry of a judgment on the confirmed award.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 3.0199, as the controversy concerns a matter arising from or relating to the administration of the Humboldt River Decree.  Venue is proper in the [SIXTH/ELEVENTH] Judicial District Court pursuant to NRS 3.0199.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 598A.090, as the controversy concerns violations of the provisions of NRS Chapter 598A for Unfair Trade Practices.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 78.605, as the controversy seeks the appointment of a trustee or custodian of a dissolved corporation.

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 78.650, as plaintiff(s) hold(s) at least one-tenth of the issued and outstanding stock of [COMPANY NAME], and this matter seeks an injunction or appointment of a receiver over [COMPANY NAME].

This Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to NRS 685B.040, as the controversy concerns violations of the provisions of NRS Chapter 685B.

About the Author

Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney. His practice focuses on acting as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

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

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