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August 1, 2018
Court reporters play an integral role in our justice system, but their numbers have been on a steady decline in recent years. Veteran court reporters are retiring and a younger generation has not...
July 30, 2018
Telesa Wright was a teenager on a self-destructive path of criminal behavior when she found herself in Judge James C. Beasley’s Memphis courtroom. Now, decades later, Wright reunited with the...
July 30, 2018
Incarceration can have a negative impact on the mental health of prisoners dealing with mental illness. Mental Health Court seeks to rehabilitate offenders with mental illness by getting them the...
July 26, 2018
Williamson County resident Judge Timothy Easter has been there.As a former trial court judge, he has seen the crammed dockets. He has felt the pressure that comes with having to thoughtfully...
July 25, 2018
In his nearly eight years in office, Governor Bill Haslam has made an indelible mark on Tennessee’s judicial branch. Not only has he appointed nearly one-third of the state’s trial and appellate...
July 25, 2018
The Administrative Office of the Courts has approximately $200,000 in grant funding available for organizations to develop, or continue, initiatives that address the legal needs of parents with child...
July 24, 2018
The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program is welcoming a familiar face as its new executive director.Ted Rice was recently appointed to the top post at TLAP by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Rice first...
July 23, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider eight applicants when it meets on Tuesday, August 28 in Clarksville to select nominees for the circuit court judge vacancy in the 19th judicial...
July 23, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider eight applicants when it meets on Wednesday, August 29 in Nashville to select nominees for the criminal court judge vacancy in the 20th judicial...
July 20, 2018
In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the convictions of Lindsey Lowe for first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, stemming from the deaths of her newborn twins caused...
July 20, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s decision to exclude certain evidence obtained from a blood sample drawn from the defendant, Angela Faye Daniel.  In this case, Daniel was...
July 19, 2018
In an appeal from Shelby County Criminal Court, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a prisoner’s request for a new trial more than 20 years after his original...
July 9, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider seven applicants when it meets on August 8, 2018 in Murfreesboro to select nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 16th Judicial District –...
July 9, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider six applicants when it meets on August 7, 2018 in Franklin to select nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 21st Judicial District – Hickman,...
July 6, 2018
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Edward Riley Anderson has passed away at the age of 85. In his remarkable judicial career, Justice Anderson served three years on the Court of Appeals, 16 years...
July 3, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Circuit Court judge in the 19th judicial district, which covers Montgomery and Robertson Counties. The position becomes effective...
July 3, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Criminal Court judge in the 20th judicial district, which covers Davidson County.  This vacancy was created by the upcoming...
July 2, 2018
For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases. This rate...
June 26, 2018
The Appellate Court Clerk’s new electronic filing system will begin operation on July 9, 2018.  A quick link on the Appellate Court Clerk’s webpage will provide access to the new system. “...
June 26, 2018
The Supreme Court has overturned the decision of a chancery court, which held that an attorney’s license to practice law should be reinstated.Drayton Beecher Smith, II, a former attorney, agreed to...
June 22, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court concluded the state’s waiver of sovereign immunity for claims brought against it under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), a...
June 18, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Circuit Court judge in the 21st Judicial District, which covers Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson Counties. The position becomes...
June 18, 2018
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Circuit Court judge in the 16th Judicial District, which covers Rutherford and Cannon counties. The position becomes effective Sept...
June 15, 2018
In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that when a party to a divorce case violates a statutory injunction and then dies while the case is pending, a trial court may, after...
June 12, 2018
The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has launched a second round of grants to help make Tennessee’s courthouses safer.In accordance with Governor Bill Haslam’s budget, the Tennessee General...