TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jan 30, 2018

Judge George Lovell retires this week after 30 years in Maury County General Sessions Court, with the last 20 being mostly juvenile cases. “Juveniles are part of the system and deserve to be heard,” Lovell told the Columbia Daily Herald. “I often hear that certain juveniles are ‘gaming the system.’ My response is, ‘Good, I want them to know as much about the system as possible.’ Many come through with obvious mental health problems. It was my job to make sure they’re treated fairly. I want them to go out saying, ‘I had my day in court.’ ” In 1988 there were four cases in appellate court dealing with juvenile cases; now there are more than 700, he says.