Press Releases

September 21, 2017
In 2011, a disagreement arose among members of the Moscow, Fayette County, Temple Church of God in Christ about the person assigned to be its pastor by the parent denomination, the Church of God in...
September 20, 2017
In a case involving a 2014 election for circuit court judge in East Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court has rejected the unsuccessful candidate’s claim that the Roane County Election Commission (“...
September 20, 2017
Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Director Deborah Taylor Tate and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush were appointed co-chairs of the newly created Conference of Chief Justices (...
September 15, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today Friday, September 15, 2017, to consider seven applicants for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 16th Judicial District – Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The...
September 14, 2017
In 2012, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability, and Management Act of 2012 (“TEAM Act”), which comprehensively addressed the hiring and termination of state...
September 14, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today Thursday, September 14, 2017, to consider seven applicants for the Criminal Court vacancy in the 20th Judicial District – Davidson County. The vacancy was...
September 7, 2017
Barbara Peck was recently named director of communications for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). One of Peck’s primary responsibilities is serving as a media spokesperson for...
September 6, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider five applicants when it meets September 29, 2017 in Fayetteville to select nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 17th Judicial District –...
September 1, 2017
Just like other emergency responders from Memphis to Mountain City, the Tennessee Supreme Court is announcing a call to action for “emergency legal responders” to lend a hand to those impacted by...
August 31, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear four cases on September 6, 2017, in Knoxville, TN. The first two cases will be heard at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  The latter two cases...
August 30, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has rejected a defendant hospital’s argument that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a surviving spouse was null and void because the spouse was not represented by a lawyer...
August 30, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today Wednesday, August 30, 2017, to consider nine applicants for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 11th Judicial District – Hamilton County. The vacancy was...
August 25, 2017
The Supreme Court has ruled that multiple convictions for sexual offenses arising from a single act of sexual assault should be analyzed under double jeopardy principles. In reaching this conclusion...
August 24, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today (Thursday, August 24, 2017) to consider eight applicants for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 4th Judicial District – Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and...
August 22, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider seven applicants when it meets September 15, 2017, in Murfreesboro to select nominees for the Circuit Court Judge vacancy in the 16th Judicial...
August 4, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has increased a hearing panel’s recommended punishment of a public censure and suspended Paul Julius Walwyn from the practice of law for one year.  He will serve six...
July 21, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today (Friday, July 21, 2017) to consider five applicants for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. The vacancy...
July 12, 2017
In 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Indigent Representation Task Force to study and make recommendations concerning many issues surrounding Tennessee’s system of representation for...
July 10, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is now accepting applications for the Circuit Court Judge vacancy in the 11thJudicial District – Hamilton County. The Honorable W. Neil Thomas, III has informed the...
July 5, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a prospective plaintiff who provides pre-suit notice of a healthcare liability claim to a single healthcare provider is not required to provide a medical...
June 26, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider five applicants when it meets Friday, July 21, 2017 in Memphis to select nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District – Shelby...
June 16, 2017
The Supreme Court has reinstated an aggravated stalking conviction of a defendant for knowingly violating an order of protection.  The Court reversed a Court of Criminal Appeals decision that...
June 13, 2017
TheTennessee Bar Association and its Executive Committee have chosen Judge Charles D. Susano, Jr. as the 2017 recipient of the Justice Frank F. Drowota, III Outstanding Judicial Service Award. This...
May 26, 2017
Lipscomb University will host the Tennessee Supreme Court next week as part of American Legion Auxiliary’s Volunteer Girls State, a nationally recognized program providing high school female leaders...
May 24, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court heard oral arguments from two cases today, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville in front of nearly 600 high school students, as part of Boys...