The Carson City Courthouse – which houses the Justice Court and Municipal Court is located at
885 East Musser Street, 2nd floor
Carson City, Nevada 89701
The main phone number is (775) 887-2121. For questions about fines and fees, call (775) 887-2064. Currently, case information is not available online.
The Carson City Justice/Municipal Courts are open from Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays.
The courthouse is located next to the Carson City Sheriff’s Detention Facility. Parking is free and available off the corner of East Musser and N. Roop Streets.
What criminal cases are handled in Carson City courthouse?
All misdemeanors that allegedly occur within Carson City’s incorporated city limits are prosecuted in Carson City Municipal Court. All other cases – including misdemeanors that allegedly occur within Carson City’s unincorporated city limits – are prosecuted in Carson City Justice Court.
Note that all felony cases that allegedly occurred anywhere in Carson City are prosecuted in Carson City Justice Court. But if the case fails to resolve by the preliminary hearing, the case will be transferred (“bound over”) to the First Judicial District Court (located on the third floor of the same building).
Traffic cases are heard at the Carson City Courthouse at 1:15 p.m. on
- Tuesdays, and
If you were cited for a traffic violation carrying no more than 4 points and which did not involve an accident, you can get the charge reduced to a non-moving violation by completing an approved traffic safety school course. (You can do Traffic School only once a year.)
DUI arraignments are always held on Wednesdays. And arraignments for all non-DUI/traffic court cases are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Carson City Justice Court offers various programs that permit eligible defendants to avoid jail by completing rehabilitation and counseling instead, including:
- Misdemeanor Treatment Court
- Mental Health Court
- Western Regional Drug Court
Do I have to appear in person?
If you hire a Nevada criminal defense attorney to represent you, you can usually skip court as long as your attorney appears on your behalf. But some judges do want defendants to appear anyway, especially in felony cases. So ask your attorney ahead of time if you are required to go to court.
If you do not have an attorney, then you must appear in person no matter what. Failure to appear in court will cause the judge to issue a bench warrant for your arrest.
Can I pay fines online?
Carson City Justice/Municipal Courts accept online fine payments here. But all traffic citation fines must be made in person.