AOC Seeks Attorneys to Contract for Judicial Hospitalization Services in Shelby County General Sessions Court

December 14, 2016

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 13 authorizes the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to enter into contracts for representation of indigent persons by attorneys working on various types of cases, including representation of indigent respondents facing involuntary emergency judicial hospitalization pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 33-6-401 et seq.

The AOC is seeking attorneys who are interested in contracting with the AOC to perform these services in the General Sessions Courts in Shelby County. The contract arrangement establishes compensation based on dockets. All licensed attorneys are invited to apply.

Please note that this contract service period will run from January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017 as we are adjusting all judicial hospitalization contract service dates to align with the fiscal year.

Judges will continue to have the discretion to assign attorneys, but only attorneys who have submitted a completed contract will be eligible to receive and accept appointments on these dockets. Attorneys seeking payment under the contract will simply submit an invoice to the AOC (as opposed to completing numerous fee claims) for each docket along with a copy of the order appointing him or her to that docket (preferably on a single document).

The AOC’s intent is to provide quality representation at a reasonable compensation rate to attorneys for the time spent on a docket. The goal of these contract services is to efficiently and effectively manage taxpayer monies and the resources of the indigent fund. Similar contract programs exist in Blount, Davidson, Hamilton, Hardeman, Wilson, and Williamson Counties.

To apply, please click here, complete and return the agreement PDF form to the AOC via fax to Ceesha Lofton’s attention at 615-741-6285, or scan and email it to

For more information or if you have questions, contact Assistant General Counsel David Byrne at 615-741-2687 or via email at