TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 25, 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order today reiterating that all Tennessee courts will remain open during the coronavirus outbreak. Today's order also extended the suspension of most in-person judicial proceedings through April 30. and made "several clarifications and key additions” to the order originally issued on March 13. Among those provisions is a directive that judges not move forward with eviction, ejectment or displacement cases except in exceptional circumstances; an alternative for notarizing documents; modifications to the list of exceptions to the suspension of in-person hearings; extension of certain deadlines, statutes of limitations and orders of protection through May 6; a suspension of any rule that limits a judge’s or clerk’s ability to utilize technology to limit in-person contact; and a clarification that courthouses should remain open for essential hearings and filings. In addition, the order directs the presiding judge in each judicial district to submit a plan for a reduction in the local jail population. The order applies to state and local Tennessee courts, including appellate, trial, general sessions, juvenile and municipal courts.