Nevada Revised Statutes Section 179.1171 - Procedure in Criminal Cases

Proceedings for forfeiture: Rules of practice; complaint; service of summons and complaint; answer; parties.

1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 179.1156 to 179.119, inclusive, the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure are applicable to and constitute the rules of practice in a proceeding for forfeiture pursuant to those sections.

2. A proceeding for forfeiture is commenced by filing a complaint for forfeiture. If the property has been seized without process, the plaintiff shall promptly file the complaint for forfeiture. The property is subject to an action to claim its delivery only if the plaintiff does not file the complaint for forfeiture within 60 days after the property is seized. If the complaint for forfeiture is filed following the commencement of an action claiming delivery, the complaint must be treated as a counterclaim.

3. A proceeding for forfeiture is in rem. The complaint for forfeiture must be filed in the district court for the county in which the property which is the subject of the proceeding is located.

4. The plaintiff shall cause service of the summons and complaint to be made upon each claimant whose identity is known to the plaintiff or who can be identified through the exercise of reasonable diligence. If real property or any interest in real property is affected by the proceeding, the plaintiff shall file notice of the proceeding in the manner provided in NRS 14.010.

5. Each claimant served with the summons and complaint who desires to contest the forfeiture shall, within 20 days after the service, serve and file his verified answer to the complaint. The claimant shall admit or deny the averments of the complaint and shall, in short and plain terms, describe the interest which he asserts in the property. Concurrently with the answer, the claimant shall serve answers or objections to any written interrogatories served upon him with the summons and complaint.

6. No person, other than the plaintiff and any claimant, is a proper party in the proceeding.

Last modified: February 25, 2006