Appellate Practice Section

This is TBA’s newest section and was created by TBA leadership to provide members the opportunity to come together for the purposes of exchanging information and to provide CLE on appellate practice issues.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1600 Division Street, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Ave Ste 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Rule Change Package Released for Review, Comment

The Tennessee Supreme Court has published the annual package of recommendations from the Advisory Commission on Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Proposals include new authority for appellate courts to dismiss appeals; provisions permitting electronic signatures in courts employing electronic filing; clarification of the effect of service of process on commencement of actions; adoption of the term preliminary hearing in lieu of preliminary examination in criminal procedure; and, refinement of procedure for correction of illegal sentences in criminal cases. The are no evidence rules changes proposed this year. A 90-page comprehensive restructuring and revision of the Rules of Juvenile Procedure is also included.

Six TBA sections -- Appellate Practice, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Law , Family Law, Juvenile and Children’s Law and Criminal Justice -- will be asked to review the proposed amendments and recommend comments on behalf of the association. Comments on the proposals are due to the Court by November 25, 2015.

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Lee Re-elected to 2nd Year as Chief Justice

Justice Sharon Lee was today unanimously re-elected as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Lee has been a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2008, and recently led the launch of the state’s first business court. She also recently spoke at a White House forum on Tennessee’s nationally-recognized Access to Justice program. “I look forward to continuing the work we have begun,” Lee said. “I am thankful for the support of my colleagues on the court. I will continue to work hard to ensure that courts in Tennessee are on a continuous path of making things better in our communities and across the state.”

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