Press Releases

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
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is now accepting applications for the Chancery Court judge vacancy in the 20th Judicial District – Davidson County. Chancellor Carol McCoy has informed the governor...
April 21, 2016
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has restructured how it assigns cases to panels, providing more rotation of judges on cases from different parts of the state.All cases before the Court of Appeals are...
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 8, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that customers of a sewer service provider in Hamilton County may file a lawsuit to challenge their rates without first going through administrative proceedings....
April 7, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied a request by a death row inmate to have a hearing to determine whether he is eligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled, concluding that the...
March 16, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated convictions for especially aggravated kidnapping charges and affirmed multiple other convictions arising out of a home invasion in Memphis. In July...
March 2, 2016
The Indigent Representation Task Force, appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to review practices regarding how attorneys are compensated for work with individuals who are unable to afford legal...
February 11, 2016
In two cases involving motorists crossing roadway markings – one a double yellow centerline and another the right lane “fog line” – the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the...
February 4, 2016
The Supreme Court has decided to increase the punishment recommended by a hearing panel to discipline an attorney for sexual misconduct involving a client that he was appointed to represent in a...
January 29, 2016
In an opinion filed today, the Supreme Court held that parents’ constitutional right to fundamental fairness in termination proceedings does not require adoption of a separate procedure that allows...
January 28, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Hornsby man for 37 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, ruling that an error in the trial did not deprive the defendant of his...
January 14, 2016
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man for facilitation of aggravated robbery and facilitation of the first degree murder of a Knox County man.In February 2002, the victim,...
January 4, 2016
Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Swiney, of Knoxville, has been selected by judges of the 12-member court to be chief judge for a term of one year.Judge Swiney has been a member of the Court of...