Circuit News

Order Continuing Suspension of In-Person Court Proceeding and Extension of Deadlines
COVID-19 Order Suspending In-Person Court Proceedings
General Sessions Criminal Court - Reset Dates
19th Judicial District Judge Hicks, Crozier, and Olita Docket update information and form for attorneys
Ross H. Hicks Memorandum

General Sessions Civil Court - Rescheduled Dates

May 27th, 2020
Week of Week of June 1
  • Monday June 1, 2020 - RESET to July 13, 2020
  • Wednesday June 3, 2020 - RESET to July 22, 2020
All cases are being reset to the same time previously set.

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.

General Sessions Civil Court - Rescheduled Dates

April 27th, 2020
Week of May 4
  • Monday May 4, 2020 - RESET to June 15, 2020
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 - RESET to June 17, 2020
Week of May 11
  • Monday May 11, 2020 - RESET to June 29, 2020
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 - RESET to July 1, 2020
Week of May 18
  • Monday May 18, 2020 - RESET to July 6, 2020
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 - RESET to July 8, 2020
Week of May 25
  • Wednesday May 27, 2020 - RESET to July 15, 2020
All cases are being reset to the same time previously set.

General Sessions Civil Court - Rescheduled Dates

April 13th, 2020
Week of April 6
  • Wednesday April 8, 2020 - RESET to May 6, 2020
Week of April 13
  • Monday April 13, 2020 - RESET to May 11, 2020
  • Wednesday April 15, 2020 - RESET to May 13, 2020
Week of April 20
  • Monday April 20, 2020 - RESET to May 18, 2020
  • Wednesday April 22, 2020 - RESET to May 20, 2020
Week of April 27
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 - RESET to May 27, 2020
All cases are being reset to the same time previously set.

Pursuant to the Mayors Order closing the Courts Complex on Fridays (effective April 3, 2020) - Cases previously scheduled for Fridays:

March 26th, 2020

General Sessions Court – All cases set for Friday, April 3rd have been rescheduled for April 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Circuit Court – The Circuit Court and Chancery Courts will be working in moving those Friday court dates to the Thursday prior. The Judges / Chancellor will be sending out specific communications regarding their dockets.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT DATES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:

March 26th, 2020

Magistrate Ashleigh Travis (child support):

In accordance with Supreme Court Order continuing the suspension of in-person court proceedings through April 30th, 2020, I will continue to conduct arraignments, bond hearings and enter plea agreements for inmates on the original hearing date and time.

All other matters are reset as follows:

  • 4/2/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled to 6/11/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/6/20: Chancery Child Support is rescheduled to 5/18/20, same hearing time
  • 4/9/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled to 6/24/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/13/20: Circuit Child Support is rescheduled to 5/11/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/16/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled as follows: Cases set for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. are rescheduled to 7/23/20, same hearing time. Cases set for 1:30 p.m. are rescheduled to 6/29/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/20/20: Chancery Child Support is rescheduled to 5/4/20, same hearing time. Please note these cases were originally reset from 3/16/20 to 4/20/20, and are now being reset to 5/4/20.
  • 4/21/20: Circuit Child Support is rescheduled to 5/19/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/23/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled for 7/2/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/27/20: Circuit Child Support is rescheduled for 6/8/20, same hearing time.
  • 4/30/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled as follows: Cases set for 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. are rescheduled to 7/30/20, same hearing time. Cases set for 1:30 p.m. are reschedulded to 7/20/20, same hearing time.

All reset dates for Robertson and Sumner Counties will be submitted to the respective clerk's offices and bar associations. Please let me office know if you also have a matter pending in April in either of those counties and we will be happy to get you the reset date and time.


INFORMATION CONCERNING COVID-19 AND THE COURTS

March 20th, 2020

All other matters are reset as follows:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court issued an order on March 13, 2020 suspending in-person court proceedings through March 31, 2020.  There are exceptions to the suspension of in-person court proceedings.  You can read a copy of the Supreme Court order here.   The Supreme Court Order may be amended from time to time and it may be extended if necessary.  

The limited types of cases that we take up during this time will basically involve incarcerated criminal defendants; or emergency hearing types.  

During this time, the Clerk’s Office will remain open and Judges will be available to hear limited matters as outlined in the order.  

Jury Duty - No jurors will be called in during this period of time.  

Statutes of Limitations, Orders of Protections and Temporary Injunctions that expire between March 13th and March 31, 2020 – Are extended through April 6, 2020.  

Payment Plans – We realize that some people may be facing financial distress or may be out of work due to COVID-19 concerns.  We will be happy to work with you on revising your payment plan should you be unable to make your payments.  

Each day, we will be updating information pertaining to the courts as more becomes available.  

Court dates will be updated in our online court records as they become available.  To check your case for rescheduled court dates, please visit:  https://mcgtn.org/circuit/online-court-records.  You may also check with your Attorney or your Bail Bonding Agent (in criminal cases) if you have one.  

If you have further questions or concerns, you may also call our office at 931-648-5700 or email us at [email protected]


MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT DATES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:

Magistrate Ashleigh Travis (child support):

In accordance with Supreme Court Order continuing the suspension of in-person court proceedings through April 30th, 2020, I will continue to conduct arraignments, bond hearings and enter plea agreements for inmates on the original hearing date and time.

All other matters are reset as follows:

  • 03/16/20: Chancery Child Support rescheduled to 04/20/20, same hearing time
  • 03/17/20: Circuit Child Support is rescheduled to 04/27/20, same hearing time
  • 03/19/20: Juvenile Child Support is rescheduled to 06/04/20, same hearing time

*Inmates will have arraignments, bond hearings, and trials by video. Magistrate Travis’s office will be in contact with counsel for incarcerated clients to relay any changes in hearing dates or times.

Judge Kathryn Olita (Circuit Court Division V):

  • Cases set March 16, 17, & 18: Judge’s office is calling parties to reschedule
  • Cases set March 20, 30, & 31: Judge’s office is sending letters to reschedule
  • Show Causes: Contact Clerk’s Office to reschedule

Judge William R. Goodman, III (Circuit Court Division II – Criminal Dockets)

  • 03/16/20: In jail arraignments done by video, all non-inmate cases reset to 04/01/20
  • 03/18/20: No open court, all cases reset to 05/15/20
  • 03/19/20: In jail arraignments and settlements will be heard that day, all others reset to 04/02/20
  • March Trial Term: Dockets will be called each day, resets to be announced in court
  • 03/27/20: Docket will be called in open court and resets announced that day

Judge Jill Ayers (Circuit Court Division IV – Criminal Dockets)

  • March Trial Term: All dockets for the week will be called on 03/23/20 and settlements or resets will be announced in court on that day

Judge Ross Hicks (Circuit Court Division I) – Information should be available on 3/17/20.

ALL GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGES (Criminal and Civil Dockets)

All cases (non-inmate) are being reset 4 weeks out, same day of the week and time as originally set. Judges will review jail cases each day and results will be entered into the computer as soon as possible.

Trooper tickets will be reset to the officer’s next court date:

  • Trooper Dacosta: 03/20/20 moved to 04/17/20
  • Trooper Seay: 03/27/20 moved to 05/15/20
    Trooper Naquin: 03/25/20 moved to 04/29/20
  • Trooper Allen: 03/18/20 moved to 04/08/20

Civil parties may send in reset letters if they desire a different date

***ALL RESET INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ONLINE COURT RECORDS SYSTEM: https://mcgtn.org/circuit/online-court-records.