CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty says he won’t seek reelection next year.
Hardesty, 72, has been a judge in Nevada’s court system for nearly a quarter century, serving as a Washoe County district judge before he was elected to the high court in 2004.
He announced Tuesday he intends to retire when his six-year term expires at the end of 2022.
While authoring more than 350 published opinions, Hardesty has taken a lead role working with other justices to modernize and expand the court system's services and efficiency. He was instrumental in reforming the guardianship system.
“I am particularly proud of the role I had in the creation of a court of appeals, construction of a new appellate courthouse in Las Vegas, the adoption of a business plan that has funded courthouse and technology improvements throughout the state and expansion of interest paid on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts that increased funding to legal aid organizations tenfold,” he said in a statement.
Hardesty thanked his family and friends as well as his judicial assistants for more than 20 years, 42 law clerks who have worked for him and the high court staff, calling it “an unimaginable honor and distinct privilege to serve the citizens of Nevada.”