Limits of a Court’s Power

The Writ, Appellate Briefs, March 01, 2018

“The inherent power of the court over attorneys is not limitless.”  With this emphatic language, the Supreme Court recently held that a Nevada court lacks authority to compel an out-of-state attorney to appear in Nevada for a deposition as a nonparty witness, even where the attorney was earlier admitted pro hac vice in the matter.  Quinn et al. v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 134 Nev. Adv. Op. 5 (February 8, 2018) involved a writ petition challenging a district court order that compelled California lawyers to appear in Las Vegas for depositions after a California court quashed the deposition  subpoenas issued there.  The Supreme Court considered the matter with unprecedented speed, directing the real parties-in-interest to file an expedited answer within four days of the petition’s filing and holding an en banc argument just three days later.  The Court then issued a published opinion two months thereafter.

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