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Sparks Justice Court
Department 2
1675 East Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89434-8964
Telephone: (775) 353-7620 / Fax: (775) 352-3016
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Judge Kevin Higgins was appointed to the Sparks Justice Court on April 15, 2003. He was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010 for his second full term. Judge Higgins came to the bench from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office (AGO) after 16 years as a prosecutor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Reno Office. 

During his tenure at the AGO, he prosecuted everything from DUIs to death penalty cases and appeared in almost every district court in Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Higgins is the past president of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction and is a frequent presenter at their conferences as well as those of the Nevada District Judges Association. Judge Higgins sits on the national scholarship selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. In 2001, he was presented the Joseph Stevens Award as the outstanding attorney in public service in the United States in a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Judge Higgins graduated from Willamette University in 1982 and was awarded the “Senior Key,” presented to 10 seniors who had contributed the most to the University. In 1985, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with his J.D.