Eighth Judicial Court Rules

Rule 1.42 – Uniform Parentage Act masters.

Rule 1.42. Uniform Parentage Act masters.

  • (a) Every paternity hearing master must be in good standing as a member of the State Bar of Nevada. The compensation of the masters may not be taxed against the parties, but when fixed by the presiding judge (with the approval of the remaining family division judges) and concurred in by the chief judge, such compensation must be paid out of appropriations made for the expenses of the court.

    (b) The duly appointed paternity hearing master must conduct informal, closed hearings pursuant to NRS Chapter 126 and in so doing has the authority to:

    (1) Determine whether a defendant qualifies for court-appointed counsel.

    (2) Appoint, with the consent of the presiding judge, counsel for those defendants who qualify.

    (3) Order blood tests and review the results thereof.

    (4) Make and file a written final recommendation for settlement.

    The paternity hearing master must rule on all motions and questions of law and evidence put to the master. Said decisions and rulings are final and not appealable, subject only to timely rejection of the final recommendation of the paternity hearing master.

    (c) Any party may reject the final recommendation of the paternity hearing master as to the issue of paternity. Written notice of rejection must be filed with the court and served upon all parties within 10 days of receiving a copy of the final recommendation of the paternity hearing master. If notice of rejection is not filed within 10 days, the master’s recommendation may be approved by the presiding judge, as the judgment in the action. If notice of rejection is timely filed by any party, the cause is at issue and must be assigned at random to a trial judge serving in the family division and may be set for trial pursuant to Rule 2.60.

    (d) Once paternity has been established, issues of visitation, custody and child support must be determined by a judge serving in the family division pursuant to Part V of these rules.