CONNIE REGULI, ET AL. v. SHARON GUFFEE, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 31, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Connie Reguli, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellants, Connie Reguli, Elizabeth Harris, Roy Leon Matlock, Jr., Michael Nalepka, and Debra McLauren.

Attorneys 2:

Lisa M. Carson, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Sharon Guffee, and Brenda Hyden.

Judge(s): MCBRAYER

An attorney, representing herself, filed suit against a juvenile court judge and clerk after she was prevented from accessing recordings of juvenile court proceedings to which she claimed she was entitled under state law. She sought a writ of mandamus and a judgment declaring the juvenile court local rule, under which the judge denied her requests, invalid. The attorney amended her complaint, joining four clients that she had previously represented before the juvenile court. The judge and clerk then filed a motion to dismiss, which the chancery court granted. We conclude, as did the chancery court, that two of the plaintiffs lacked standing and that state law does not entitle plaintiffs to the recordings. Therefore, we affirm the chancery court's dismissal of the amended complaint.

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