Order Suspending In-Court Proceedings
The attached Tennessee Supreme Court order suspends all in-person juvenile court proceedings except for emergency circumstances. Our court is working diligently to plan how to the handle the uncertainties of the next few weeks as well as to address any emergencies that may arise.
Toward that end, effective at the close of business Friday, March 13, 2020, the following will occur (subject to further changes as contingencies arise):
1) The court will continue to operate detention and preliminary hearing dockets. The preliminary hearing docket will occur each Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. The detention docket will occur each Monday-Friday at 1:00 p.m. All emergency matters shall be consolidated onto those dockets.
2) The child support contempt dockets in which a respondent is incarcerated shall continue to occur each Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. In addition, any motions for release filed by incarcerated respondents relating to child support shall be consolidated onto those Tuesday dockets.
3) Any delinquency case that involves a juvenile currently in detention remains on as presently scheduled. Trials for those juveniles in detention will occur as scheduled. Any youths currently in detention and on for settlement will be handled by their counsel and the assistant DA in conjunction with the individual magistrate assigned to the case.
4) The clerk’s office will remain open for the filing of petitions. They will work with the court to determine when to schedule non-emergency petitions.
5) All other trials, appearances, settlement conferences and reviews will be continued. The court will notify counsel as to when those case will be reset for status.
While the present AOC order is in effect until April 30th, we have extended the plan to reopen dockets as usual to Monday, May 11th.
Should have any questions, please contact the Juvenile Court Clerk at 615-862-7980.
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Nashville-Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway, the Juvenile Court Magistrates, and the employees of Juvenile Court welcome you. Together we are responsible for making sure that every child and parent who passes through our court is met with justice, fairness, and hope. As described by Tennessee Code Annotated Section 37-1-101, the purpose of juvenile court is: “To provide for the care, protection, and wholesome moral, mental and physical development of the children coming within its provisions.” Using evidence based programs and services, Nashville’s Juvenile Court and the youth and families it serves are LEADING THE WAY.
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The following are types of cases Juvenile Court hears that fall within the municipal boundary of Davidson County.
- Status Offenses: acts that are against the law only for minors (drinking alcohol, using tobacco, curfew violation, skipping school, running away, being unruly, etc..).
- Dependency, Neglect, Abuse: when the health or safety of a minor is seriously threatened or if there is a possibility of the minor leaving the jurisdiction to avoid a court date. A minor may only be taken away from his family if there is no other way to ensure their safety.[TN Code 37-1-101 (a)(3)]
- Parentage, Visitation and Child Support: cases involving the parents of children, including custody hearings and court ordered child support.
- Delinquency: acts that would be crimes if committed by adults (traffic violations, theft, assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, etc..).