Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Lidia Stiglich to the Nevada Supreme Court District G, effective January 2, 2017. Judge Stiglich will replace Justice Nancy Saitta who resigned from the court in August, 2016. The selection was made following interviews with the three finalists who were recommended by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection.
“Judge Lidia Stiglich has performed admirably in the Second Judicial District Court. She is highly regarded by her colleagues on the bench and the advocates in the courtroom as demonstrated by her 96.6 percent retention rating from the Washoe County Bar Association Judicial Survey, where she earned the highest retention rating and performance score of her peers in the Second Judicial District. Since taking office, she has excelled in her performance as an officer of the court and has committed herself to improving the quality of judicial services and its fair and efficient delivery for her constituents,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Driven by her commitment to our youth and building stronger communities, she identified an underserved population of youth offenders who were struggling in a justice system that failed to address underlying problems of drug abuse and recidivism. Judge Stiglich immediately responded to this problem and co-founded the Youth Offender Drug Court which has helped move young adults out of desperate circumstances. In addition to her professional and community commitments, Judge Stiglich serves as a faculty member at the National Judicial College and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Lidia Stiglich is an upstanding member of our community and a role model to our children, I am proud to announce her appointment to the Nevada Supreme Court.”
“The three applicants forwarded by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection were all highly qualified and excellent candidates for our state’s highest court. I would like to thank the Commission for recommending candidates with such knowledge of our justice system and commitment to the law,” concluded Governor Sandoval.
"I'm grateful to the Governor for his confidence, but even more importantly, his trust. I know, as a former Federal Judge, Governor Sandoval is very diligent and thoughtful in making these judicial appointments. I am truly honored, that he's asked me to join the Nevada Supreme Court,” said Judge Lidia Stiglich. “To him, and all Nevadans I can promise, that all of my deliberations and judgments will be guided by the knowledge that my decisions will impact the lives of Nevadans, in real and meaningful ways. That is why I have chosen public service and will always cherish the public's trust."
The Honorable Lidia S. Stiglich was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court in November 2012 and was retained by voters in 2014. As the presiding judge in Department Eight, Judge Stiglich hears civil and criminal trials. In addition to the duties in Department Eight, Judge Stiglich serves as the Probate Judge for the district. She is also the presiding judge of the Youth Offender Drug Court. This specialty court was designed for the young adult population who are opiate/heroin users, as an alternate sentencing/rehabilitation program.
Judge Stiglich graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Judge Stiglich's experience includes significant federal and state criminal and civil matters, as well as administrative law. She is admitted to practice law in Nevada and California and resides in Reno, Nevada where she participates in several community organizations.