TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 16, 2019
A bill that would create a new judicial district in Middle Tennessee is facing pushback, with one local official saying it seemed rushed and left out key details, the Tennessean reports. The proposal would split up the 21st judicial district that includes Williamson County and three smaller rural counties. The three counties — Hickman, Lewis and Perry — would become their own district, with a dedicated judge, district attorney and public defender. Rep. Michael Curcio, R-Dickson, who represents Hickman County, said he brought the legislation, HB 1156, to address a "desperate need" in his district. District Attorney Kim Helper, who represents the current four-county district, said the bill does not provide for funding for support staff, and that it would shrink the number of prosecutors handling cases in Williamson County. Curcio said he was drafting an amendment to the bill following Helper's feedback to the House Judiciary Committee.