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February 13, 2020
A sense of hard-earned joy coursed through a Rutherford County courtroom earlier this month at the scene of a unique adoption hearing.Friends and family who a dozen years before had been united in...
February 12, 2020
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments has selected February 25 and February 26 as the meeting dates to interview the 16 candidates who have applied for the Court of Appeals opening in the...
February 10, 2020
Nashville, Tenn. ­– The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on February 11, 2020.  The details of the cases are as follows:Vickie S. Young, Individually and as Administrator of the...
February 7, 2020
Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the one-year suspension of Georgia attorney James A. Dunlap, Jr., from the practice of law in Tennessee.Mr. Dunlap had been admitted to practice in Tennessee for...
February 5, 2020
Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Philyaw has been serving the children and families in his jurisdiction since his appointment to the bench in 2013.  He will now have the opportunity...
February 4, 2020
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments will consider 16 applicants when it meets to select nominees for the Court of Appeals opening in the Eastern Division created by the retirement of the...
February 4, 2020
The White House recently rolled out a new tool to help local leaders in rural areas respond effectively to the opioid epidemic. The State of Tennessee has been at the forefront of the rural opioid...
January 30, 2020
A recent graduation day in Coffee County was all about fathers and their children.The kids sat on the benches in the back of Coffee County Juvenile Court until their dads’ names were called. Then...
January 29, 2020
Recovery courts, one of the judiciary’s most powerful tools to combat substance abuse, reduce costs, and put lives back on track, have seen a remarkable growth in Tennessee in recent years. Since...
January 29, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a criminal trial court lacks authority to partially vacate its own order dismissing criminal prosecutions once the order becomes final. In 2012, the...
January 29, 2020
Harold Wimberly Jr., who served as a General Sessions Judge in Knoxville from 1974-1987 and a Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial District from 1987 to 2014, passed away on January 24.Judge...
January 28, 2020
In a wrongful death case out of Hickman County, the Tennessee Supreme Court today reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated the trial court’s pre-trial dismissal of the case for lack of proof. The...
January 24, 2020
 The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Court of Appeals vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Charles D. Susano, Jr., effective...
January 23, 2020
Longtime Nashville Judge Seth Norman, whose visionary ideas on the criminal justice system’s treatment of drug offenders challenged conventional wisdom and saved countless lives, was honored recently...
January 22, 2020
Governor Bill Lee appointed five new members to the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which manages the application process, interviews candidates, and makes a recommendation to the...
January 17, 2020
Today about 25 percent of state judges in Tennessee are female, which places Tennessee 45 out of 50 states for women in the judiciary. The Tennessee Court Talk  podcast sat down with Tennessee...
January 15, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court announced  Larry Bridgesmith has been selected as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, and J. Marcus Rudolph and Lori Thomas Reidwill join the...
January 15, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court set two execution dates today. The Court set an execution date of June 4, 2020 for Oscar Franklin Smith, convicted of the 1989 murders of Judith Lynn Smith (age 35), Chad...
January 13, 2020
Brandon L. Bowers has been appointed Chief Technology Officer of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Bowers has previously served as the Deputy Director, Data Center Services at the...
January 9, 2020
Livestreaming of the investiture of new Sixth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Kyle A. Hixson will be available at the link below at 3 p.m. EST/ 2 p.m. CST on January 9, 2020. The link will go...
January 8, 2020
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission began accepting applications for the Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial District, which covers Rutherford and Cannon counties, on December 18, 2019. After the...
January 8, 2020
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today, Wednesday, January 8, 2020, to consider six candidates for the 15th Judicial District Circuit Court vacancy, which covers Jackson, Macon, Smith,...
January 6, 2020
After more than 25 years of service, Tennessee’s longest serving State Appellate Judge, Charles D. Susano Jr., has announced he will retire from the bench effective April 30, 2020. In a letter to...
January 3, 2020
Tennessee’s Rule 31 mediators play an essential role in modernizing the state’s justice system, helping to reduce costs and delays related to the resolution of legal disputes. But, until recently,...