Pete Sferrazza

Pete Sferrazza

Pete Sferrazza



Reno Municipal Court Judge, Dept. 3




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2022 Questionnaire

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.


I started my Public service career with the city of Reno as mayor and council men and I would like to conclude my career in public service with the city of Reno. I believe I am qualified for the office because I have 25 years experience as a tribal and state court judge.
I believe my 14 years experience as a Reno Mayor and councilman makes me uniquely qualified for the Reno Municipal Court. I am familiar with the history of our city and the issues of concern are citizens

The municipal courts most important function is adjudicating cases dealing with misdemeanors including DUI and domestic violence cases.

As a Reno justice of the peace I presided over the DUI in domestic battery Court. I have the experience to be a fair and impartial judge.Starry decisis is the doctrine which requires quarts to uphold president

Describe your understanding of the courts’ responsibility to uphold precedent?

Stare decisis is the doctrine which requires courts to uphold precedent . However courts do have the duty to consider all legal arguments and in an appropriate case to set aside a precedent

In what circumstances do the equal protection rights in 5th and 14th Amendments apply to same sex couples?


It should apply equally in the same way that it Applies to none same-sex couples.

In Brown v. Board of Education, the court declared that the separate-but-equal standard was unconstitutional. Describe ways in which this decision is applicable in today’s society.


I believe that where public funds are used to fund students attending schools which discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other
Protected class yen it violates the principles of brown

Would you honor the request of a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a case before you who is transgender to be referred to in accordance with that person’s gender identity?



Describe your understanding of nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation.


People should be permitted to use public accommodations including restrooms based on their gender identity.

Have you been involved in a significant case where a primary issue was sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDs discrimination? If so, can you provide the case, venue, case number and case citation (if published decision) and your involvement?


Yes Discrimination based on sex because illegitimate children could not inherit from their fathers.Eskra v. Morton, 380 F. Supp. 205 (W. D. Wis. 1974)

2. Eskra v. Morton, 524 F. 2d 9 ( 7th Cir. 1975 )

If you were presiding over a Justice Court, what would be your approach to an eviction proceeding, and what would you consider before moving forward with the eviction process?


I did preside over a justice court and considered the ability of tenants to pay rent and we did post pone directions pending and landlords being able to collect rent through federal subsidy.

Hypothetical: you are presiding over a case in which the plaintiff is undocumented. Their defense attorney argues that their due process rights were violated by inadequate bail proceedings. How would the plaintiff’s immigration status factor into your decision as to whether or not their right to due process was violated?


It should not be an issue because due process applies to persons not citizens.

In recent years, we have seen Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain individuals as they are leaving criminal court hearings. Would you allow this to occur in your courtroom?


What do you see as the judiciary’s role in advancing restorative discipline practices for Nevada’s students?

I support Restorative justice as an alternative to exclusionary disciplinary practices

What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the state’s justice system today, and how would you work to address it?


As past president of the American Judges association I support implementation of the blueprint for racial justice. I would encourage people to participate in the webinars and workshops and have personally worked on a national level to help make this happen.


If you were presiding over a specialty court, what would be your approach towards diversion initiatives and how would you evaluate their effectiveness?


I did preside over a DUI court and I do support diversion initiatives and have supported evaluation

What is your view on cash bail following the decision in Valdez-Jimenez v. the 8th Judicial District Court?


I never supported cash bail and under Jimenez is clear that a person is entitled to an immediate detention hearing to determine the conditions of release.

In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what procedures would you follow or what factors would you consider in vacating the conviction of an individual for marijuana possession?


If it was simple possession the conviction should be vacated.


The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade less than 50 years ago established a person’s right to abortion and reproductive freedom. While Roe is considered settled law, the right to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy is hanging in the balance as states pass increasingly unconstitutional laws to challenge Roe in court regardless of precedent. Do you agree that Roe is settled law?