Tennessee’s record-setting COVID cases have prompted the suspension of all jury trials through the end of January. The order from the state’s Supreme Court came down Tuesday, reinstating rules that initially ran from March through most of May.
Mayor John Cooper’s office has released a report outlining the role of fines and fees in Nashville’s criminal justice system. It also lays out recommendations to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the city’s reliance on such costs.
Horns honked and chants filled the streets as several dozen cars rode through downtown Nashville today for a “car parade” protest, urging officials to release more inmates from the county’s jails.
Many people arrested in Davidson County are not in the room when a judge sets their bail. That’s according a report released last week by a group of Nashville activists who want the city to change the way it jails people before trial.
Tennessee’s first community court is bringing a different approach to justice to a neighborhood researchers say has the highest incarceration rate in the country. The unconventional court has helped already thousands of people navigate the twists and turns of the justice system, since its founding in 2012. Now, it’s expanding to North Nashville.
A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to reinstate driver’s licenses for more than 146,000 Tennesseans who lost them because they couldn’t pay their court fees.
Some courthouses in Tennessee will soon have a special laptop computer and printer in their lobbies, called “court kiosks.” They’re designed to help those who can’t afford — or choose not to hire — a lawyer, and are representing themselves in civil cases.
Listen / Poor Tennesseans who find themselves in the justice system could be about to get some more legal help, as the state Supreme Court has approved a plan meant to improve Tennessee’s system of indigent representation. But, justices say, the proposal is going to require some help from the governor and state lawmakers.
Listen / A Tennessee appeals court says a Williamson County judge was wrong to reject a transgender teen’s petition to change his legal name. The judge had apparently determined that the teen and his parents failed to make the case for the name change. But in a ruling released Tuesday, a three-judge panel declared there […]