Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Supreme Court

July 26, 2016
A statue of Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., will be dedicated August 27 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Justice A.A. Birch Building in downtown Nashville.Justice Adolpho Birch was the...
July 25, 2016
TennesseeCourt of Appeals Judge John McClarty’s law clerk Stephanie Slater has published an article about Justice Edward T. Sanford’s tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States.Justice Sanford...
July 25, 2016
Tennessee ranks ninth in United States for providing access to its courts, according to the 2016 Justice Index, a nationwide study that ranks states according to their adoption of selected best...
July 20, 2016
The statewideIndigent Representation Task Force will hear from the public at meetings to be held next week in Nashville and next month in Franklin.The task force has traveled throughout the state on...
July 19, 2016
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter will honor Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby as the “Special Distinguished Alumna” at its 2016 Pillars of Excellence Awards Ceremony and...
July 12, 2016
Chief Justice Sharon Lee’s statement on the passing of former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Robert E. Cooper, Sr.: The entire judicial family is saddened by the passing of former Tennessee Supreme...
July 11, 2016
In a case involving claims between siblings who were shareholders in a closely held family corporation, the Tennessee Supreme Court has adopted a new standard for when a shareholder can file a direct...
July 7, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that defendants who have entered a guilty plea cannot seek relief from that plea using a statutory procedure that the Court says is intended by Tennessee law...
July 6, 2016
The Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions and sentences of death for Howard Hawk Willis for killing two East Tennessee teenagers and dismembering one of them. In 2010, a Washington County...
June 30, 2016
From The Mountain Press:SEVIERVILLE -- The state judiciary is working on several ways to modernize and make courts more accessible, including efforts to put courts online so attorneys can e-file...
June 24, 2016
The Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted in Memphis of aggravated assault is entitled to a new trial because the prosecution did not properly elect an offense for the jury to consider.The...
June 16, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court was recognized for its SCALES Project as the 2016 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education.The award was presented Thursday, June...
June 9, 2016
UPDATE: See photos from the day here.Declaring summer is officially here, Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Tennessee Bar Association President William L. Harbison, have issued a joint proclamation...
May 31, 2016
Lipscomb University will host the Tennessee Supreme Court this week as part of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Volunteer Girls State program, which gives high school female leaders the opportunity to...
May 19, 2016
For the sixteenth year in a row, the Tennessee Supreme Court will hold oral arguments before 600 high school students next week at American Legion Boys State in Cookeville.The Court session is just...
May 12, 2016
The Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force will make stops in Johnson City and Knoxville as it continues its listening tour across the state to hear from anyone interested in sharing...
May 10, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld a White County man’s DUI conviction, ruling that the officer who approached a man’s parked vehicle for a welfare check acted consistently with federal and state...
May 10, 2016
A marker was recently placed just inside the doors of the Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, officially noting the building’s place on the National Register of Historic Places.The...
May 9, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Appeals decision concerning the cleanup of a landfill that has been discharging pollutants into a Maury County lake. From 1981 to 1993, ACC,...
May 2, 2016
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee said Monday she could sum up the state of the judiciary in one word: Great.Of course, she went on to use a few more words to give details to several...
April 27, 2016
The location for the first stop of the Indigent Representation Task Force statewide listening tour has been moved to the Vasco Smith Building in Memphis. It previously was scheduled to be in the...
April 26, 2016
More than 1,000 people packed the house in Mifflin, Tennessee Monday, April 25 for Justice Roger A. Page’s ceremonial swearing-in with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.The overflowing crowd in the small...
April 20, 2016
The Indigent Representation Task Force has announced a series of statewide listening tours to hear from those interested in sharing their thoughts on indigent defense in Tennessee. The first two...
April 19, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Nashville Friday in several criminal cases and one civil case. Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the three morning cases and, after a...
April 18, 2016
Things have come a long way from the days when Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee was the only female attorney in her county. However, there’s still a lot of opportunity for women to...