The full panel of the Nevada Supreme Court brings three cases of interest to the William S. Boyd School of Law at 10 am, Oct. 3, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Oral Arguments are scheduled in two criminal cases originating in the Eighth Judicial District Court and an appeal concerning the distribution of recreational marijuana.

The bench, bar, and public is invited to attend these arguments in the Thomas and Mack Moot Court. Before arguments begin, the justices will explain the appellate process and the attorneys will give details of the cases.

The court has scheduled 60 minutes for oral arguments at 11:30 am in Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, Inc.; and Palidin, LLC, vs. The State of Nevada Department of Taxation; and Nevada Tax Commission. The appeal seeks to determine who can be licensed to distribute recreational marijuana in Nevada. The Supreme Court placed an injunction on the distribution of recreational marijuana pending the outcome of the oral arguments. A decision will come later and will not be issued at the hearing.

The Justices also will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases:

State vs. Brown (Donald): The appeals seeks a writ of mandamus from the Supreme Court instructing the District Court to vacate its order compelling an intrusive psychological evaluation of a child victim.

State vs. Baker (Jeffrey): This petition for a writ of mandamus challenges the District Court’s refusal to enter a witness’s testimony from a previous preliminary hearing as evidence in a second preliminary hearing. The witness was unavailable to testify in the second preliminary hearing, and the State asserts the defendant waived his right to cross-examine the witness.

At the end of the oral arguments, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the justices and attorneys about the process, the Supreme Court, and the justices themselves. Media must submit a request in writing on letterhead to videotape or photograph these hearings to the Court Clerk at least 24 hours prior to the argument.