Appointed attorneys to get online claims process

On July 6, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will begin a year-long rollout of the Indigent Claims Entry (ICE) system, which will bring the state's indigent claims process online. The court says that the system will "significantly streamline the claims process by eliminating more than 90 percent of the 105,000 paper claims the AOC receives on an annual basis." ICE will allow appointed attorneys and interpreters to enter their claims online and receive payment via direct deposit. Th system was piloted in the 15th Judicial District, which includes Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties. The 17th Judicial District -- Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford and Moore counties -- will be the first for implementation.

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Court: TCA


Phillip L. Davidson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles E. Jackson III.

Sue B. Cain, Director of Law; J. Brooks Fox and Christopher M. Lackey, Assistant Metropolitan Attorneys, for the appellees, The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Jackie London.


The matters at issue pertain to the alleged negligence of a Davidson County probation officer and the quasi-judicial immunity defense. Plaintiff, a probationer who was arrested and detained in jail on a probation violation warrant, filed this action alleging he was unlawfully arrested and jailed because his probation officer negligently failed to recall a probation warrant after he cured the deficiencies for which it was issued. The trial court granted the probation officer's Tenn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(6) motion to dismiss based on the defense of quasi-judicial immunity because the complaint asserted that she was acting in her capacity as his probation officer when she failed to recall the warrant. Plaintiff insists this was error, contending the probation officer is not entitled to quasi-judicial immunity because she was not performing a function essential to the judicial process and she had no discretion but to recall the warrant. We affirm.


Court: TCA


Charles McBee, Knoxville, Tennessee, pro se.

Mark E. Silvey and L. Keith Aldridge, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Patricia Ann Greer, John T. O'Connor, William Petty, Charles Child, and Jack Piper, Jr., individually, and d/b/a O'Connor, Petty, Child and Piper.


Plaintiff was violently attacked as he was attempting to serve process on the defendant in a divorce case. Plaintiff had been employed by a law firm to serve the divorce complaint on the defendant in the divorce case and the firm had attached a written statement to the process "Be forewarned he's an ex-cop with anger issues". Plaintiff's claims for recovery against defendants were intentional infliction of emotional distress/outrageous conduct, negligent misrepresentation and negligence. The Trial Court dismissed the action responding to defendants' Tenn R. Civ. P. 12.02(6), and plaintiff has appealed. On appeal, we hold that plaintiff failed to state a cause of action for negligent misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotional distress/outrageous conduct, but vacate the dismissal of the claim for negligence against defendants, and remand for further proceedings.

IN RE: Nathan T.

Court: TCA


Lindsay C. Barrett, Dickson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Megan T.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Joshua Davis Baker, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.


Mother appeals the termination of parental rights to her child, asserting that the findings of the Juvenile Court that she abandoned the child by failing to provide a suitable home, that the conditions which led to the removal of the child persisted, and that termination of her rights were in the best interest of the child are unsupported by clear and convincing evidence. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


Brent Hensley, Greeneville, Tennessee (on appeal), and Joy Phillips, Assistant District Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, Richard Dean Nance.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Joe Crumley, District Attorney General; and Dennis Brooks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

A Washington County jury convicted the defendant, Richard Dean Nance, of two counts of rape of a child and one count of incest. He appeals his convictions, arguing that the evidence was insufficient as a matter of law and that the trial court erred by permitting into evidence a prior conviction of one of his key witnesses. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


William Louis Ricker, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Larry Brian Shelton.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; C. Berkeley Bell, Jr., District Attorney General; and J. Douglas Godbee, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The petitioner, Larry Brian Shelton, appeals from the denial of his petition for post- conviction relief wherein he challenged his Hawkins County Criminal Court jury convictions of first degree felony murder and theft. In this appeal he contends that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel at trial. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


Court: TCCA


Tommy Ray Young, Mountain City, Tennessee, pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The petitioner, Tommy Ray Young, appeals from the summary dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. In this appeal, both the petitioner and the State argue that the post- conviction court erred by dismissing the petition without a hearing. We agree. Accordingly the judgment of the post-conviction court is reversed, and the case is remanded for the appointment of counsel and an evidentiary hearing.


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