COVID-19 Update 11/17/2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court has extended it's order limiting in court proceedings and suspending all jury trials until January 31, 2021.
While most courts continue to operate business as usual (with restrictions), the Supreme Court has gone ahead and suspended all jury trials again. As courts continue to try to catch up to the 21st century, local courts are enacting strict restrictions on what can and cannot happen in court. This is a difficult situation because many trials had already been rescheduled and are having to be rescheduled again. This lawyer anticipates the order being extended again. I had a jury trial scheduled for February and we moved it all the way out to October 2021. The effects of these delays will be felt for years.
You can see the text of the new order here.
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.
BALLARDLAW IS OPEN
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.