To continue to comply with Governor Bill Lee’s latest executive orders the Tennessee Supreme Court has extended its suspension of all jury trials through February 26th 2021. It has also suspended all state and local in-person court proceedings from December 28th through January 29th.
It also has listed a series of exemptions to the suspension. These exemptions include proceedings related to emergency child custody orders, proceedings related to the voluntary surrender of parental rights, Department of Children’s Services emergency issues, proceedings related to emergency protection of elderly or vulnerable persons. and proceedings related to petitions for temporary injunctive relief. Additionally it does not include proceedings necessary to protect constitutional rights of criminal defendants, including bond-related matters, preliminary hearings for incarcerated individuals, and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals.
The Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court may also approve other exemptions as deemed necessary.