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Tennessee Supreme Court Extends Suspension of In-Person Court Proceedings and Deadlines
April 29th, 2020
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – On March 25, the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court decision to suspend in-person proceedings in all state and local courts in Tennessee, including but not limited to municipal, juvenile, general sessions, trial, and appellate courts, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That order has been extended through May 31, 2020.
To clarify, local and state courts of the State of Tennessee are open and will remain open to carry out essential constitutional functions and time-sensitive proceedings. If you are conducting essential business at the Court's Complex, the general public will enter at the main center entrance (by the fountain) and will exit at the 2nd Street exit. Drop boxes are also available near the entrance of the court center for filings and payments.
Under the Tennessee Supreme Court provisions, all in-person proceedings in all state and local courts in Tennessee, including but not limited to municipal, juvenile, general sessions, trial, and appellate courts, shall be suspended through May 31, 2020, subject to the exceptions below.
The presiding judge or designee of the presiding judge of each judicial district is authorized to determine how in-person court proceedings for exceptions are to be conducted.
The suspension of jury trials shall remain in effect through July 3, 2020. Any exceptions must be based on extraordinary circumstances and approved by the Chief Justice. Deadlines set forth in court rules, statutes, ordinances, administrative rules, that were set to expire between March and May 31 have been extended through June 5,2020.
Read the full Tennessee Supreme Court order here.
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