Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

Chair
Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865)769-6969
Immediate Past Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865)544-2010
Vice-Chair
Schell & Davies LLC
509 Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800

Court Clerk Must Shut Down Bonding Business, Judge Rules

Recently elected Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell must shut down her family's Rutherford County bail bonding business to comply with state law, a judge ruled Wednesday. Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville, who presided over the case because all local judges had recused themselves, said the law prohibits any Circuit Court clerk from being able to benefit from the issuance of a bond, which is a conflict of interest.

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Court Seeks Comments on Rule Change Package

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 suspend rules; requirements for electronic copies of transcripts; specification of the color of application responses and amici in TRAP 9 and 11 matters; and refinement of criminal contempt provisions. Four TBA sections — Appellate Practice, Litigation, Tort and Insurance Law, and Criminal Justice — will review the recommendations and propose comments on behalf of the association. Comments on the proposals are due Nov. 27.

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