About the Supreme Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville are (seated) Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee, (standing left to right) Justice Holly M. Kirby, Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins, Justice Gary R. Wade, and Justice Cornelia A. Clark

 
 

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.

Attorneys may request to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court. Unlike trials in lower courts, there are no witnesses, juries, or testimonies in the Supreme Court. After Supreme Court justices have heard oral arguments and reviewed the attorneys’ written materials, or briefs, they issue written decisions, known as opinions. Tennessee Supreme Court opinions on federal constitutional issues can be appealed only to the United States Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to consider the appeals.
 
The Supreme Court normally meets in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville, as required by the state constitution. However, the court may also meet in alternate locations as necessary. A few times a year, the Supreme Court takes their oral arguments on the road as part of the SCALES program (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students). The SCALES program gives Tennessee high school students the unique opportunity to hear Supreme Court oral arguments and learn more about the judicial process.
judicial process.Th e Tennessee Supreme Court is the state’s court
of last resort. Th e fi ve Supreme Court justices may
accept appeals of civil and criminal cases from
lower state courts. Th ey also interpret the laws and
constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.
Th e 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.
Attorneys may request to present oral arguments
before the Supreme Court. Unlike trials in lower
courts, there are no witnesses, juries, or testimonies
in the Supreme Court. After Supreme Court
justices have heard oral arguments and reviewed
the attorneys’ written materials, or briefs, they issue
written decisions, known as opinions. Tennessee
Supreme Court opinions on federal constitutional
issues can be appealed only to the United States
Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to
consider the appeals.
Th e Supreme Court normally meets in Jackson,
Knoxville, and Nashville, as required by the state
constitution. However, the court may also meet in
alternate locations as necessary. A few times a year,
the Supreme Court takes their oral arguments on
the road as part of the SCALES program (Supreme
Court Advancing Legal Education for Students).
Th e SCALES program gives Tennessee high school
students the unique opportunity to hear Supreme
Court oral arguments and learn more about the
judicial process.Th e Tennessee Supreme Court is the state’s court
of last resort. Th e fi ve Supreme Court justices may
accept appeals of civil and criminal cases from
lower state courts. Th ey also interpret the laws and
constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.
Th e 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.
Attorneys may request to present oral arguments
before the Supreme Court. Unlike trials in lower
courts, there are no witnesses, juries, or testimonies
in the Supreme Court. After Supreme Court
justices have heard oral arguments and reviewed
the attorneys’ written materials, or briefs, they issue
written decisions, known as opinions. Tennessee
Supreme Court opinions on federal constitutional
issues can be appealed only to the United States
Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to
consider the appeals.
Th e Supreme Court normally meets in Jackson,
Knoxville, and Nashville, as required by the state
constitution. However, the court may also meet in
alternate locations as necessary. A few times a year,
the Supreme Court takes their oral arguments on
the road as part of the SCALES program (Supreme
Court Advancing Legal Education for Students).
Th e SCALES program gives Tennessee high school
students the unique opportunity to hear Supreme
Court oral arguments and learn more about the
judicial process.Th e Tennessee Supreme Court is the state’s court
of last resort. Th e fi ve Supreme Court justices may
accept appeals of civil and criminal cases from
lower state courts. Th ey also interpret the laws and
constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.
Th e 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.
Attorneys may request to present oral arguments
before the Supreme Court. Unlike trials in lower
courts, there are no witnesses, juries, or testimonies
in the Supreme Court. After Supreme Court
justices have heard oral arguments and reviewed
the attorneys’ written materials, or briefs, they issue
written decisions, known as opinions. Tennessee
Supreme Court opinions on federal constitutional
issues can be appealed only to the United States
Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to
consider the appeals.
Th e Supreme Court normally meets in Jackson,
Knoxville, and Nashville, as required by the state
constitution. However, the court may also meet in
alternate locations as necessary. A few times a year,
the Supreme Court takes their oral arguments on
the road as part of the SCALES program (Supreme
Court Advancing Legal Education for Students).
Th e SCALES program gives Tennessee high school
students the unique opportunity to hear Supreme
Court oral arguments and learn more about the
judicial process.

 

Supreme Court
401 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219-1407
(615) 253-1470
www.tncourts.gov