Judge: No Court for Forest Hills

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled Friday that Forest Hills does not have legal authority to launch its own court system, The Tennessean reports. The affluent satellite city had created a new municipal court to enforce its own ordinances, most of which deal with zoning issues. Nashville officials fought the move, arguing that consolidation of surrounding municipalities’ functions into one metro government precluded Forest Hills from forming “duplicative services.” The municipality countered that it has the authority under state law and that the work is not duplicative since Nashville courts do not have jurisdiction to hear cases stemming from local ordinances.