Supreme Court

The Tennessee Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort. The five Supreme Court justices may accept appeals of civil and criminal cases from lower state courts. They also interpret the laws and constitutions of Tennessee and the United States. The Supreme Court may assume jurisdiction over undecided cases in the Court of Appeals or Court of Criminal Appeals when there is special need for an expedited decision. Read more here.

September 30, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a jury’s verdict convicting Jessie Dotson of six counts of first degree murder and imposing a death sentence for each of the six convictions. The...
September 25, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Henry Lee Jones, who was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in Shelby County and sentenced to death. Because the trial court...
September 25, 2014
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously affirmed 21 of 24 convictions of a man who engaged in and filmed his unprotected sexual acts with a minor.Mr. Barry H. Hogg, who was HIV-positive and...
September 22, 2014
In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that a statute requiring lawsuits by inmates to be brought in the county where they were incarcerated does not apply to inmates...
September 22, 2014
Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyle Reid now has a permanent presence in the Jackson Supreme Court building, as his portrait was unveiled in a ceremony Friday.Family, friends, and...
September 18, 2014
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a portion of a contract in which a Tennessee woman agreed to act as a surrogate mother for an Italian couple who were unable to have children on their own.The...
September 17, 2014
Dignitaries from across the state gathered in Knoxville Wednesday to mark the formal investiture of Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee.Gov. Bill Haslam administered the oath of...

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