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COVID-19 Update 4/24/20

The Tennessee Supreme Court has extended it's order closing in person proceedings for all State Courts through May 31, 2020.  Essentially, all courts are closed except for:

  • Criminal cases where the defendant is in jail
  • Orders of Protection
  • Emergency child custody orders
  • Temporary injunctions
  • Child protection
  • Emergency mental health orders
  • Emergency protective orders for elderly and vulnerable persons.

The Courts are gearing up to reopen, though many expect it will be the better part of a year before everything is back to normal.  The order tasks each individual jurisdiction with formulating a plan to open and conduct business.  It is not clear from the other whether courts will be able to open if they have an order in that plans for a reopening, but it is safe to assume that nothing is going to change until June.  

You can see the text of the new order here and the original order here.


We are conducting business as best we can by phone and other electronic means.  The order has allowed a relaxation of many rules that allows us to conduct business without having to meet anyone in person.  While litigation has slowed to a halt, now is a good time to start working on opening a case and getting ready to file and be heard when the courts do open because they will be packed.  Give us a call today and we can talk about the first steps.


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