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Judge Bios

The judges who make decisions at Reno Municipal Court, along with their court staff, are hardworking individuals who care about the law and the community they serve.  They are committed to providing a fair and impartial legal forum where your case can be resolved in a just and timely manner.

Reno Municipal Court Judges Jay DilworthWilliam L. Gardner , Dorothy Nash Holmes, and Ken Howard have a commitment to this community that goes beyond the courtroom. They are actively involved in varied professional and community service organizations. Their vision for Reno is of a clean, healthy community that all our families can feel proud to call home.

City of Reno Judges

Judge Dilworth

Judge Jay Dilworth: Department One

Judge Dilworth is the Senior Judge of the Reno Municipal Court having been first elected in 1987. He was Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento, California for one year after completing law school and then returned to Reno, Nevada to serve as an Assistant City Attorney prior to being elected to the bench.


Judge Gardner

Judge William L. Gardner: Department Two
Judge William L. Gardner was appointed by the Reno City Council on December 8, 2010, to the vacancy created by the passing of the Honorable Paul S. Hickman. Judge Gardner is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, Arizona, in 1981. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gardner was Chief Deputy City Attorney in the criminal division of the Reno City Attorney’s Office.


Judge Holmes

Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes: Department Three
Dorothy Nash Holmes was elected to Reno Municipal Court in 2010, after 33 years of law practice. In addition to civil law practice and a extended career as a criminal prosecutor in state and federal courts, she served as Wahoe County's elected District Attorney from 1991-1994 and spent seven years in corrections administration for Nevada's prison system, including establishing the first Correctional Programs Division and serving as its director.  She received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeroge School of Law in 1977.


Judge Howard

Judge Kenneth R. Howard: Department Four
Judge Howard was appointed in December 1998 to fill a new seat on the Reno Municipal Court Bench. Judge Howard is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno where he obtained a degree in Business Administration (1974).  He received his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law in 1981.

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