The evidentiary concept of “privilege” protects certain types of disclosures in certain situations.
NRS 49.015 provides, generally:
49.015. Privileges recognized only as provided
1. Except as otherwise required by the Constitution of the
United States or of the State of Nevada, and except as provided in
this Title or Title 14 of NRS, no person has a privilege to:
(a) Refuse to be a witness;
(b) Refuse to disclose any matter;
(c) Refuse to produce any object or writing; or
(d) Prevent another from being a witness or disclosing any
matter or producing any object or writing.
2. This section does not:
(a) Impair any privilege created by Title 14 of NRS or by
the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure which is limited to a particular
stage of the proceeding; or
(b) Extend any such privilege to any other stage of a
In general, then, a privilege exists when provided for by law. Next blog we’ll begin to look at the most common privileges.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.