When Does a Nevada Complaint Need to be Verified?

There are few circumstances in which the law requires that a party must file a complaint under oath.  The requirement is called “verification.”  NRS 15.010 requires that where verification is required, a pleading shall contain “the affidavit of the party shall state that the same is true of the party’s own knowledge, except as to the matters which are therein stated on the party’s information and belief, and as to those matters that the party believes it to be true.”  The affidavit may be in substantially the following form and need not be subscribed before a notary public:

Under penalties of perjury, the undersigned declares that he or she is the ………………………….. (plaintiff, defendant) named in the foregoing ………………………….. (complaint, answer) and knows the contents thereof; that the pleading is true of his or her own knowledge, except as to those matters stated on information and belief, and that as to such matters he or she believes it to be true.

NRS 15.010(5).

The law requires a verified complaint in the following circumstances:

  • A derivative action by a shareholder against a corporate entity.  NRCP 23.1
  • A petition to perpetuate testimony prior to filing a suit.  NRCP 27(a)(1)
  • A petition for an ex parte temporary restraining order.  NRCP 65(b)(1)
  • Petition for eminent domain, or public taking.  NRS 37.060
  • Complaint for adverse possession.  NRS 40.090
  • Quiet Title.  NRS 40.090; 40.091
  • Eviction.  NRS 40.370
  • Petition to establish the termination of a life estate.  NRS 40.515
  • Petition for the termination of the interest of a deceased person in real property.  NRS 40.525
  • Compromise the claim of a minor.  NRS 41.200
  • Petition to determine and establish facts relative to vital statistics.  NRS 41.220
  • Petition for a name change.  NRS 41.270
  • Emancipation of a minor.  NRS 41.295
  • Complaint by shareholder against corporation or association to enforce secondary rights.  NRS 41.520
  • Divorce.  NRS 125.020
  • Expedited relief for unlawful removal or exclusion of tenant from premises.  NRS 118A.390



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