Court Clerks Resist Suspending Licenses

Court clerks throughout Tennessee now have the power to suspend driver’s licenses if court fees and fines go unpaid for a year. But no licenses have been suspended according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Even Tommy Bradley, chief administrative officer for the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office and champion of the law, is holding off until Aug. 1 to give debtors one last chance to pay something. Bradley acknowledges there is “widespread” opposition to the law, which he pushed to help collect hundreds of millions in uncollected court costs. In fact, other clerks are questioning whether to suspend licenses at all, out of logistical or moral reservations. The new law also has created more work for attorneys as clients now want to persuade judges to waive their fees. Read more in the Tennessean