The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order suspending in-person hearing in state and local courts through March 31, 2020 because of concerns over coronavirus. The Law Office of David L. Scott will remain open and will continue to conduct business as usual.
What Hearings are Actually Suspended
The Supreme Court order suspends in-person hearings in most matters. The courts remain open and matters may still be filed. Courts will be allowed to address matters by audio, audio/visual, and other means. This will vary depending upon the court and their technology capabilities.
What Hearings are Not Suspended
I addition to addressing matters through means other than in-person hearings, courts will still hold in-person hearings in the following matters:
- Proceedings necessary to protect constitutional rights of criminal defendants, including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals
- Civil and criminal jury trials that are in progress as of March 13, 2020
- Proceedings related to relief from abuse, including but not limited to orders of protection
- Proceedings related to emergency child custody orders
- Department of Children’s Services emergency matters related to child protection
- Proceedings related to petitions for temporary injunctive relief
- Proceedings related to emergency mental health orders
- Proceedings related to emergency protection of elderly or vulnerable persons
- Proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Other exceptions as approved by the Chief Justice