TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 27, 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order today to extend the state of emergency for the judicial branch and the Continuity of Operations Plan for courts in the state until further order. The order also modifies the court’s previous orders dealing with in-person proceedings at municipal, juvenile, general sessions, trial and appellate courts. Under the new rules, jury trials will remain suspended through July 3. Once trials begin, courtrooms must observe capacity and social distancing requirements and jurors must wear face masks. 

The order also (1) lifts the moratorium on eviction proceedings on June 1 unless the property is subject to limitations in the CARES Act; (2) extends the expiration date of orders of protection and temporary injunctions to June 15; (3) allows judges’ and clerks’ office to limit in-person contact with the public but requires them to remain open; (4) encourages attorneys to utilize remote witnessing and notarization protocols; and (5) encourages court to continue conducting as much business as possible by telephone, teleconferencing, email, video conferencing or other means that do not involve in-person contact. Read more in a release from the court.