Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts

On May 21, 2018, Governor Haslam signed into law Public Chapter 974, which established an Advisory Task Force of 11 members appointed jointly by the Speaker of the Senate and Speaker of the House "to review the composition of Tennessee's current judicial districts." Information about the eleven appointed members is available here.

Chaired by the Honorable Telford E. Forgety, Chancellor in the 4th and 5th Judicial Districts, the Advisory Task Force is charged with reporting its recommendations for "a proposed statewide redistricting plan [that provides] reasonable and timely access to Tennessee's circuit, chancery, and criminal courts and shall promote the efficient utilization of publicly funded resources allocated for the courts." The plan must be published by December 1, 2019.

The Advisory Task Force will hold three public hearings, one hearing in each of Tennessee's three Grand Divisions, and public notice of those hearings, along with any additional meetings of the Advisory Task Force, will be posted here when scheduled.

The Task Force wants your input about the makeup of the current 31 judicial districts and welcomes any suggestions or ideas for redistricting.  The Task Force is also particularly interested in responses to the following focus questions:

     1. Do weighted caseload studies indicate a need for a change in district lines?  If so, what changes should or might be made?

     2. Are there any geographic or contiguity concerns that exist with the current judicial districts?  If so, what changes should or might be made to address these?

     3. Do population changes or trends indicate a need to change district lines?  If so, what changes should or might be made to address these?

     4. What communities of interest will be affected by a change in the judicial districts as you have suggested?

     5. What effect(s) would changing the current judicial districts have on existing collateral resources, e.g., Drug Task Forces, Recovery Courts, local grant funding, etc.?

     6. Are there compelling reasons to preserve the existing judicial districts?

MEET THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS

View biographical information about the Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts

Telford E. Forgety, Chair
Chancellor
4th and 5th Judicial Districts
 

 

Bo Burk
District Public Defender
25th Judicial District

 
James B. "J.B." Cox
Chancellor
17th Judicial District
 
 

Mark Davidson
District Attorney General
25th Judicial District

 

Craig P. Fickling
Public Defender
13th Judicial District

 
John Fine
Clerk and Master
Rhea County
 
 
Kim R. Helper
District Attorney General
21st Judicial District
 
 
Russell Johnson
District Attorney General
9th Judicial District
 
 
Jim Kyle
Chancellor
30th Judicial District
 
 
Kim R. Nelson
Public Defender
9th Judicial District
 
 
John L. Ryder
Member
Harris | Shelton
 
 

For inquiries or additional information about the Advisory Task Force, please contact: judicialdistrictstaskforce@tncourts.gov