NRS 213.135 – Overview of the Eligibility, Qualifications, and Designation of Case Hearing Representatives

The State Board of Pardons Commissioners is empowered to maintain a list of persons eligible for case hearing representation. The Board uses the background and experience (i.e. qualifications) as a guide on an individual’s eligibility for being designated as a case hearing representatives.

Who is a Case Hearing Representative?

This is a person who is selected to represent the interests of an individual or an organization in a legal case hearing process.

What are the Qualifications of a Case Hearing Representative?

According to NRS 213.133, the Board may identify and maintain a list of people capable of serving as case hearing representatives.

The person to be considered must have the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, law, law enforcement, social work, administration of rehabilitative or correctional facilities and programs. The person must also have 3 years or more of experience in one of the fields.
  2. Six years’ experience in one or more of the fields stated in (a).

According to NRS 213.133, the Board Chairperson may allocate a person to serve as a case hearing representative as per demand from the caseload.

Overview of the Board

Under NRS 213.090, the State Board consists of the Governor, Attorney General and the judges of the supreme court. The State Board of Pardons Commissioners meet semi-annually or more times as planned by the team. They hold meetings to consider applications for pardon or clemency. Once an application is passed for pardon review, the board then decides to give notice to victims of the crimes committed by the applicants. The board gives 15 days’ notice to the victims.

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Board Hearings and Meetings

The Board may hold parole meetings semi-annually or more times as deliberated by the Board. All meetings have judicial character and representation and are also open to the public. Any person in attendance enjoys rights protected under this section according to laws about meetings for parole. Data of persons in attendance is retained as confidential information by the Board. During the meeting, the prisoner being considered for parole, may speak on their behalf or have a representative to speak on his or her behalf.

Basic Nevada Statute Details to Note as a Case Hearing Representative

The basics include, but are not limited to:

  • As per the revised Nevada statutes, a person has applied for state pardon may receive an absolute pardon. When a person is granted the pardon by the board, they are issued with an official document which confirms that they have received pardon.
  • An applicant who happens to damage, destroy or lose their official pardon documentation may file a request for restoration of his or her civil rights in accordance with section NSR 213.090 of the Nevada revised statutes. This application is filed with any court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Sex offenders shall be put under lifetime supervision by the Board. This is served by the Board to sex offenders after any probation period or after parole or after a sentence.
  • According to the NRS 213.142, when parole is denied to the prisoner, the Board should issue an official written statement to the prisoner citing the reasons for refusing to give him or her parole. The Board could also schedule a hearing to give the prisoner another presentation chance in accordance with NRS 213.142, except if otherwise provided by the law.

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