TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 18, 2020

The Tennessee Supreme Court this week issued an order, following several since March, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The order comes in response to several factors including a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and a number of reports of instances of failure to comply with written plans of judicial districts by judges, attorneys and litigants, including the appearance in open court of attorneys and litigants who have tested positive for COVID-19. The order reaffirmed a mandatory face coverings requirement and suspended all jury trials through Jan. 31, 2021, (with exceptions granted by the chief justice on a case-by-case basis). The TBA is aware that many attorneys have reported issues of concern to the court throughout the pandemic. As part of the TBA’s ongoing commitment to collecting data and working with Tennessee’s legislative, judicial and executive branches on solutions for attorneys, the TBA has created an email account for lawyers to use for communicating concerns related to the pandemic and their practices. Please submit comments to pandemic@tnbar.org. Feel free to share this email address with others.