The Nevada Supreme Court building on Monday, March 4, 2019.
Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent
He has announced that he will retire when his current six-year term expires at the end of 2022.
Hardesty has served as a judge in the Nevada court system for nearly 24 years, first as a Washoe County district judge before moving to the High Court in 2005.
During this period, he had a disproportionate impact on the court, working with other judges to modernize and expand the services and efficiency of the justice system.
“I am particularly proud of the role I played in the creation of an appeals court, the construction of a new appeals courthouse in Las Vegas, the adoption of a business plan that funded statewide courthouse upgrades and technology and interest paid expansion. on lawyers’ trust accounts which have increased funding for legal aid organizations tenfold, ”he said.
He was also instrumental in reforming the guardianship system and numerous criminal justice reforms.
During his tenure, Hardesty also wrote over 350 published opinions.
He thanked his family and friends as well as his court assistants for over 20 years, 42 clerks who worked for him and the staff of the high court.
Courts, however, were not Hardesty’s first public service endeavors. While attending the University of Nevada at Reno in the late 1960s, he served as president of the University of Nevada Associate Student Body.
He has not indicated what his plans are beyond saying he looks forward to the next chapter in his professional career.