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August 23, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court vacated the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility’s Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163, which provided guidance to prosecutors about...
August 21, 2019
A number of Tennessee judges, including one of the longest serving judges in the state, received awards recently at the joint Tennessee Council of Juvenile Judges/Tennessee Juvenile Court Services...
August 21, 2019
Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts Director Deborah Taylor Tate will appear as a guest on OpenLine on Wednesday, August 21 from 7 -8 p.m. OpenLine is a nightly, live, current events based...
August 21, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a trial court acted within its discretion in excluding from trial a defendant’s videotaped statements given in a post-polygraph...
August 19, 2019
The toll that the opioid crisis has taken in Tennessee is clear.In 2017, 1,776 people in the state died of drug overdoses. Of those deaths, 1,268 were caused by opioids. From 2013 to 2017, the number...
August 16, 2019
The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts has launched a new podcast called Tennessee Court Talk, which brings together the very best law experts to discuss topics affecting judges, attorneys...
August 7, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that the Court of Criminal Appeals should no longer vacate convictions when criminal defendants die during an appeal guaranteed by law, known as an...
August 5, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision construing the actions of defense counsel in a criminal case to have caused an amendment to the indictment, thus...
August 2, 2019
The Administrative Office of the Courts has approximately $125,000 in grant funding available for the development or continuation of initiatives that will address the needs of never-married, self-...
August 1, 2019
Longtime City of Clarksville Municipal Court Judge Charles W. Smith was named the 2019 recipient of the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence at the most recent meeting of the Tennessee Municipal Court...
July 25, 2019
For more than 20 years, the Davidson County Drug Court Residential Treatment Program has been a statewide and national leader in the effort to reduce recidivism, lower costs, and improve the lives of...
July 24, 2019
Judge Carma Dennis McGee was publicly sworn in as a member of one of Tennessee’s highest courts Friday in Savannah at an investiture.  Judge McGee, a former 24th Judicial District chancellor,...
July 22, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed an award of summary judgment and sent a contract dispute back to the trial court based on factual disputes about the parties’ intent to substitute a new...
July 22, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a trial court should not have considered the constitutionality of the Public Safety Act prior to entering two defendants’ guilty...
July 15, 2019
Life did not start out easily for Judge Don Elledge. Born into a housing project built for the economically deprived during the New Deal era in Charleston, West Virginia, Judge Elledge’s living...
July 11, 2019
The Advisory Task Force on Composition of Judicial Districts will hold a public hearing in Memphis on Monday, July 15 to receive comments from those interested in sharing their thoughts on judicial...
July 9, 2019
While the criminal justice side of the opioid epidemic has received significant attention, the civil legal issues it has caused have quietly smoldered into a raging inferno, overwhelming legal aid...
July 8, 2019
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today appointed Wesley Bray of Putnam County as the criminal court judge to the 13th Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David. A...
July 3, 2019
The Tennessee Judicial Conference recently announced the new members of its Executive Committee for the coming year.Taking over as president of the TJC is 7th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge...
July 2, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court today upheld a decision of the Chancery Court of Knox County that disbarred Knoxville attorney Loring Edwin Justice.The disbarment stems from Mr. Justice’s conduct in a...
June 26, 2019
Governor Bill Lee was recently welcomed to the 66th Tennessee Judicial Conference where he spoke about an issue very important to him: criminal justice reform. At the conference, Governor Lee...
June 25, 2019
The Trial Vacancy Commission met today, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to consider five candidates for the 24th Judicial District Chancery Court judge vacancy, which covers Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin...
June 21, 2019
Fourth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Duane Slone, whose groundbreaking work in the courtroom has given new hope to many battling addiction issues, was recently awarded the National Center for...
June 19, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court today, in a divided opinion, dismissed a negligence lawsuit filed by the estate of a woman who committed suicide.In 2011, the defendant, Dr. Jerry Scott Wilson, a...
June 18, 2019
On June 30, 2019 the current Board of Judicial Conduct will sunset and a new board will take its place on July 1, 2019, per Tennessee Public Chapter 496, passed by the Legislature and signed by...