Press Releases

May 23, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Court of Appeals, which declined to award attorney’s fees on appeal in a post-divorce proceeding.In the underlying final divorce decree of...
May 19, 2017
2017 marks the 17th year in a row that the Tennessee Supreme Court will hold oral arguments before high school students at American Legion Boys State. The Court session is just one element of...
May 15, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is now accepting applications for the Circuit Court judge vacancy in the 30th Judicial District – Shelby County. Judge Robert L. Childers has informed the governor...
May 5, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear three cases on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn.  The details of the cases are as follows:Tuesday, May 9, 2017Chuck’s Package Store, et al. v. City...
May 1, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed James Hawkins’s premeditated murder conviction and sentence of death for the 2008 murder of Charlene Gaither, Mr. Hawkins’s long-term girlfriend and the...
May 1, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission met today (Monday) to consider six applicants for the impending Circuit Court vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County. The vacancy will...
April 19, 2017
In a family dispute over land in Davidson County, the Tennessee Supreme Court has held that, where two persons own land as joint tenants with a right of survivorship, if one of them transfers her...
April 18, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider six applicants when it meets May 1, 2017 in Kingsport to select nominees for the Circuit Court vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District – Sullivan County....
April 10, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that based on the testimony regarding Charles Kilburn’s death, his death is not compensable as a direct and natural consequence of his original compensable injury...
April 10, 2017
On April 3, 2017, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force presented its report to the Court, entitled, Liberty & Justice for All: Providing Right to Counsel Services in...
April 7, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force will announce the key recommendations it has made to the Court toimprove the delivery of legal representation to Tennesseans who...
April 7, 2017
A majority of the Supreme Court has ruled that, despite the existence of “no trespassing” signs near an unobstructed driveway, police officers’ warrantless entry onto the defendant’s property was...
April 5, 2017
Today, theTennessee Supreme Court announced that it is launching Phase 2 of the Tennessee Business Court Docket Pilot Project, building on the unprecedented success of the initial phase of the...
April 5, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a 2012 search warrant for property belonging to Jerry Lewis Tuttle in Maury County.  The search, which yielded marijuana, cocaine...
April 5, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled a general contractor and two subcontractors are not liable to the homeowners after a fire destroyed their partially completed home. The Supreme Court affirmed...
March 31, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear seven cases April 5-6, 2017, in Jackson, Tenn.  The details of the cases are as follows:Wednesday, April 5, 2017Church of God in Christ, Inc., et al v. L.M...
March 29, 2017
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is now accepting applications for the Circuit Court judge vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District – Sullivan County. Judge R. Jerry Beck has informed the governor that...
March 28, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that the position of trial judge secretarial assistant is subject to the employment-at-will doctrine that generally applies in Tennessee.  The Court’s...
March 28, 2017
The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the written protocol by which the Tennessee Department of Correction carries out an execution by lethal injection.The plaintiffs in this matter,...
March 27, 2017
The Administrative Office of the Courts is now accepting Grant Applications for the Parent Education and Mediation Fund as well as the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program for the 2017-2018 fiscal...
March 23, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that an indigent prisoner’s case was properly dismissed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 41-21-812 when the prisoner had outstanding unpaid court...
March 16, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that Tennessee’s Parental Relocation Statute, which applies to parents with a court-ordered parenting plan, was intended to make cases in which one parent wants...
March 14, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court will kick off Help4TNDay with five press conferences in five cities across Tennessee on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  The event will educate the public about free legal...
March 10, 2017
Electronic case filing is now available in Davidson County Chancery Court. Attorneys started e-filing soon after the soft launch of the Court’s e-filing system on March 1, 2017. “On behalf of the...
March 8, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has held that a Memphis food-service employee may not file a lawsuit against her employer for distributing tips in a way that violates Tennessee’s Tip Statute, because the...