Supreme Court Rules

Please Note: On May 17, 2005, the Tennessee Supreme Court filed an order revising the Advisory Commission Comments to these Rules, deleting obsolete material. For the Comments in effect prior to May 17, 2005, Refer to the Archived Rules.

Rule 1: Scope.
Rule 2: [Repealed]
Rule 3: Requirement of Counsel to Abridge the Record on Appeal.
Rule 4: Publication of Opinions — Not for Citation Designation — Precedential Value and Citation of Unpublished Opinions.
Rule 5: Research Assistants.
Rule 6: Admission of Attorneys.
Rule 7: Licensing of Attorneys.
Rule 8: Rules of Professional Conduct.
Rule 9: Disciplinary Enforcement.
Rule 10: Code of Judicial Conduct.
Rule 10A: Judicial Ethics Opinions.
Rule 10B: Disqualification or Recusal of a Judge; Filing and Disposition of Motions and Appeal.
Rule 11: Supervision of the Judicial System.
Rule 12: First - Degree Murder Trial Reports and Appeals in Capital Cases.
Rule 13: Appointment, Qualifications, and Compensation of Counsel for Indigent Defendants.
Rule 13A: [Deleted.][Obsolete.]
Rule 14: Withdrawal of Counsel for Indigent Party after Adverse Decision in Intermediate Appellate Court.
Rule 15: Reimbursement of Costs in Mental Health Proceedings.
Rule 16: Appointment and Compensation of Counsel for Indigent Persons in Parole Revocation Hearings.
Rule 17: Uniform Judgment Document.
Rule 17A: Order of Deferral (Judicial Diversion)
Rule 18: Local Rules of Practice in the Trial Courts of Tennessee.
Rule 19: Appearance Pro Hac Vice in Proceedings Before Tennessee Agencies and Courts by Lawyers Not Licensed to Practice Law in Tennessee
Rule 20: Appearance in the Trial and Appellate Courts of Tennessee by Nonresident Lawyers Admitted to Practice in Tennessee but Having no Office in this State.
Rule 21: Rule for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
Rule 22: Appointment of Magistrates in Child Support Cases.
Rule 23: Certification of Questions of State Law from Federal Court.
Rule 24: Rules of Procedure Governing Petitions for Waiver of Parental Consent for Abortions by Minors.
Rule 25: Tennessee Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection.
Rule 26: Official Electronic Recordings of Court Proceedings.
Rule 27: [Repealed]
Rule 28: Tennessee Rules of Post-Conviction Procedure.
Rule 29: Uniform Civil Affidavit of Indigency.
Rule 30: Media Guidelines.
Rule 31: Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation.
Rule 31A: Alternative Dispute Resolution - Case Evaluation, Judicial Settlement Conference, Mini-Trial, Non-Binding Arbitration, and Summary Jury Trial.
Rule 43: Comments to Proposed Amendment of SCT Rule 43 - ADMIN-01208
Rule 32: Term of the Chief Justice.
Rule 33: Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program.
Rule 34: Public Access to Court Records.
Rule 35: Standard Format for Appellate Court Opinions and Orders.
Rule 36: Standard Paper Size for Tennessee State Courts.
Rule 37: [Repealed - Effective March 2, 2011]
Rule 38: Divorcing Parent Education and Mediation Fund.
Rule 39: Exhaustion of Remedies.
Rule 40: Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem for Children in Juvenile Court Neglect, Abuse and Dependency Proceedings.
Rule 40A: Appointment of Guardians Ad Litem in Custody Proceedings.
Rule 41: Rules of Ethics for Spoken Foreign Language Interpreters in Tennessee Courts.
Rule 42: Standards for Court Interpreters.
Rule 43: Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts.
Rule 44: [Deleted and Reserved.]
Rule 45: Americans with Disabilities Act.
Rule 46: Electronic Filing.
Rule 46A.: Electronic Service of Papers E-Filed Pursuant to Local Rules of Court.
Rule 47: Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster.
Rule 48: Assuming Jurisdiction Over Undecided Cases.
Rule 49: Continuity of Operation Plan for the Tennessee Courts.
Rule 50: Tennessee Access to Justice Commission.
Rule 50A: Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Initiatives to Improve Access to Justice.
Rule 51: Procedures in Workers' Compensation Appeals.
Rule 52: Forms Approved for Use in Tennessee Courts.
Rule 53: Collaborative Family Law
Rule 54: Rule for Special Three-Judge Panels
Rule 55: Use of Technology for Court Proceedings
Order Amending Rule 17 with Appendix
Rule 17: Uniform Judgement Document