Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Supreme Court

February 24, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court today issued execution dates for Bryon Lewis Black and Pervis T. Payne. Mr. Black's execution is set for October 8, 2020 and Mr. Pervis's execution date is set for...
February 24, 2020
The three current female justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court —Justice Cornelia Clark, Justice Sharon G. Lee, and Justice Holly Kirby—were joined on stage with the three former female justices—...
February 19, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court has clarified that the language of Tennessee’s burglary statute allows its application to a criminal defendant who enters a retail store from which the defendant has been...
February 14, 2020
The Supreme Court held today that the Board of Professional Responsibility failed to prove that an attorney, James S. MacDonald, violated any Rules of Professional Conduct, resulting in the dismissal...
February 10, 2020
Nashville, Tenn. ­– The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on February 11, 2020.  The details of the cases are as follows:Vickie S. Young, Individually and as Administrator of the...
February 7, 2020
Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the one-year suspension of Georgia attorney James A. Dunlap, Jr., from the practice of law in Tennessee.Mr. Dunlap had been admitted to practice in Tennessee for...
January 29, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a criminal trial court lacks authority to partially vacate its own order dismissing criminal prosecutions once the order becomes final. In 2012, the...
January 28, 2020
In a wrongful death case out of Hickman County, the Tennessee Supreme Court today reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated the trial court’s pre-trial dismissal of the case for lack of proof. The...
January 22, 2020
Governor Bill Lee appointed five new members to the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which manages the application process, interviews candidates, and makes a recommendation to the...
January 15, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court announced  Larry Bridgesmith has been selected as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, and J. Marcus Rudolph and Lori Thomas Reidwill join the...
January 15, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court set two execution dates today. The Court set an execution date of June 4, 2020 for Oscar Franklin Smith, convicted of the 1989 murders of Judith Lynn Smith (age 35), Chad...
December 23, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that a person who posted bond for a defendant, known as a surety, remains obligated even if the original charge was driving under the influence second offense...
December 20, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court reinstated the conviction for presenting a false or fraudulent insurance claim of the defendant, Reuben Eugene Mitchell.In 2011, the...
December 5, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that the fair report privilege does not apply to a nonpublic, one-on-one conversation between a newspaper reporter and a detective of a county sheriff’s...
November 27, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that the 2016 amendments to the theft grading statute are applicable when sentencing a defendant even where the offense occurred before the effective date of the...
November 21, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a Court of Criminal Appeals decision suppressing evidence seized pursuant to a probation search.   The defendant, Angela Hamm, was sentenced to six...
November 15, 2019
Over 500 local high school students will get the chance to witness the state’s highest court at work when the Tennessee Supreme Court hears oral arguments for two cases on November 19, 2019, in...
November 13, 2019
In an opinion released today, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the felony theft conviction of the defendant, Denton Jones. Over a period of 15 days, Mr. Jones stole several fitness trackers...
November 8, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court is continuing its initiative to be more transparent and open.  Starting in November 2019, Supreme Court oral arguments taking place in Jackson will be videotaped and...
November 4, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on November 6, 2019.  The details of the cases are as follows:Paul Zachary Moss v. Shelby County Civil Service Merit Board – This case was...
November 1, 2019
Every working attorney knows that there is a difference between learning about the law in a classroom and practicing law in a courtroom or other professional setting. While classroom instruction is...
October 25, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has clarified that a defendant is entitled to a jury instruction on the defense of necessity when it is fairly raised by the evidence presented at trial.  Moreover,...
October 18, 2019
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has named Judge Marshall L. Davidson III as its new disciplinary counsel.  Judge Davidson will begin serving as disciplinary counsel on January 1, 2020....
October 16, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that a trial court had authority to decide coverage issues in a declaratory judgment action between an insurance company and its insured when a claimant, who had...
October 2, 2019
Nashville, Tenn. ­– The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on October 3, 2019.  The details of the cases are as follows:·       James A. Dunlap, Jr. v...