Press Releases

November 28, 2022
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Supreme Court vacancy that will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Sharon G. Lee, effective August 31...
November 22, 2022
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met today to consider nine applicants for the Court of Criminal Appeals vacancy in the Western Section. After holding a public hearing and conducting...
November 22, 2022
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed and increased the suspension of McMinn County attorney Joseph H. Crabtree, Jr. from the practice of law in the state.After reviewing disciplinary...
November 22, 2022
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court answered a question of law certified by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee: whether two video streaming services—Netflix, Inc....
November 18, 2022
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Tennessee’s mandatory sentence of life in prison when imposed on a juvenile homicide offender is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the juvenile’s...
November 15, 2022
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee has notified Governor Bill Lee that she will retire on August 31, 2023.“Serving in the Tennessee Judiciary for the past 19 years has been the greatest...
November 7, 2022
The Tennessee Supreme Court has four cases set for its November 9, 2022 docket. The cases will be heard in Jackson, Tennessee, beginning at 9 a.m. CST and will be livesteamed to the TNCourts YouTube...
November 1, 2022
The Tennessee Supreme Court has amended the Rule for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education to remove limitations on distance-learning continuing legal education (“CLE”) credits. The Order was filed...
October 24, 2022
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments will consider nine applicants for the Court of Criminal Appeals – Western Section vacancy created by the passing of the Honorable John Everett...
October 21, 2022
As a small child growing up in a fairly impoverished neighborhood in Memphis, Deborah Means Henderson had a startling answer to the question of what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I would tell...
October 18, 2022
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today to consider four candidates for a circuit court vacancy in the 20th Judicial District, which covers Davidson County. This vacancy was created by the...
October 12, 2022
The latest episode of the Tennessee Court Talk podcast focuses on everything attorneys need to know about taking appointed case work in criminal defense, guardian ad litem, juvenile or judicial...
October 7, 2022
The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Court of Criminal Appeals – Western Section vacancy created by the passing of the Honorable John Everett...
October 7, 2022
Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals that granted relief to a defendant on an unpreserved and unpresented issue.Lynn Frank Bristol was convicted on...
October 6, 2022
In whatever Chancellor Pamela Fleenor has been involved, she has given 100 percent and thrown herself into heart and soul. Being a judge is no exception. Chancellor Fleenor is currently serving as...
October 4, 2022
 The Tennessee Supreme Court has five cases set for its October 5, 2022, docket. The first four cases will be heard in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. The final case will be...
October 3, 2022
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider four applicants for the circuit court vacancy in the 20th judicial district, which includes Davidson County. This vacancy was created by the passing...
September 28, 2022
Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced two key judicial appointments.“I am proud to announce the appointment of these two highly qualified individuals and value the significant experience they...
September 27, 2022
The Tennessee Supreme Court has one case set for its September 28, 2022 docket. The case will be heard using Zoom. Per court order, it will not be livestreamed, but will be shown publicly in the...
September 19, 2022
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Circuit Court Judge in the 20th Judicial District, which covers Davidson county. This vacancy was created by the death of Judge...
September 13, 2022
The Tennessee Supreme Court today upheld the premeditated first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery convictions of Tyler Ward Enix (“Defendant”) in the killing of Kimberly Enix.  In...
September 8, 2022
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge John Everett Williams will lie in state on Monday, September 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Nashville Supreme Court Building, located at 401 7th...
September 8, 2022
“My best friend.” “Always someone I could talk to.” “Our moral compass.” “Larger than life.” Those are the words the Tennessee judiciary has used to describe their friend and colleague Judge John...
September 6, 2022
­ The Tennessee Supreme Court has two cases set for its September 7, 2022 docket. The cases will be heard in Knoxville, Tennessee, beginning at 9:00 a.m., EDT. The cases will be livestreamed to:...
September 4, 2022
The Tennessee Judiciary is mourning the loss of the 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Phil Smith, who passed away unexpectedly September 4 at the age of 62.  Judge Smith became the...