Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

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September 1, 2016
Several new judges were sworn in, with many new terms starting September 1.Tennessee's newest trial court judges, who took office September 1, are:Judge Ted Crozier, 19th Judicial District Chancellor...
August 30, 2016
Chief Justice Sharon Lee recently presented the Tennessee Supreme Court’s initiatives to Chief Justices from supreme courts across the country at the National Conference of Chief Justices during...
August 29, 2016
From The TennesseanAn 8-foot-tall bronze statue of former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. was unveiled Saturday in a ceremony honoring the judicial pioneer's legacy....
August 25, 2016
The 10-year anniversary committee of the Justice A.A. Birch Building will dedicate a statue of Chief Justice A. A. Birch, Jr. a state Supreme Court judge, who served 37 years as a judicial stalwart,...
August 23, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the denial of pretrial diversion in two cases, which were consolidated for oral argument. In these appeals, the Supreme Court reiterated the process district...
August 19, 2016
The Supreme Court has elected Justice Jeff Bivins to be the next chief justice of the Court. Justice Bivins was unanimously elected by the Court to a term that begins September 1.Justice Bivins was...
August 17, 2016
The 2016 edition of the Criminal Justice Handbook is now available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The handbook contains more than 600 pages of Tennessee criminal statutes and court...
August 11, 2016
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee has filed a standing order for substitute judges in light of the recent indictment and suspension of Campbell County General Sessions Judge Amanda...
August 5, 2016
The Eastern Grand Division of the Tennessee Appellate Courts will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the courthouse at 505 Main Street in downtown Knoxville.Anyone is...
August 4, 2016
Kirsten Jacobson, a 2016 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, was recently awarded a competitive, two-year postgraduate fellowship by the nonprofit Equal Justice Works, whose...
August 3, 2016
More than $75,000 has been donated by Tennessee attorneys to organizations that serve low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.The donations come as part of the annual registration process...
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...