Order Suspending In-Court Proceedings
Please note that the attached Tennessee Supreme Court order suspends all in-person Juvenile Court proceedings, except for enumerated emergency circumstances, from the close of business on Monday, December 28, 2020, until the close of business on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Therefore, as of Monday, December 28, 2020, the following will occur at the Davidson County Juvenile Court:
- The Court will continue to operate in-person detention and preliminary hearing dockets. The preliminary hearing dockets will occur each Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. The detention dockets will occur each Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. All emergency matters shall be consolidated onto those dockets.
- The child support contempt dockets in which a respondent is incarcerated will continue to occur each Friday at 8:30 a.m. by phone. In addition, any motions for release filed by incarcerated respondents relating to child support will be consolidated onto those Friday dockets.
- Any delinquency case that involves a juvenile currently in detention will remain set as presently scheduled. Trials for juveniles in detention will occur as scheduled. Cases involving youth currently in detention and set for settlement will be handled by the child’s counsel and the assistant DA, in conjunction with the magistrate assigned to the case.
- Safe Babies Court cases will continue per the usual schedule, but all will be heard virtually.
- The Juvenile Court Clerk’s office will remain open for the filing of petitions and motions from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Clerk’s Office will work with the Court to determine when to schedule non-emergency petitions and motions.
All other trials, appearances, settlement conferences and reviews set between December 28, 2020 and March 31, 2021 will be continued. Counsel will be notified as to when those cases will be reset for status review. Please call off all witnesses for these court dates. In addition, if an interpreter was requested, please notify the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible.
Juvenile Court has not issued a standing order related to parenting plans. All of the provisions in the parenting plans remain in place. If anyone needs to file a motion to review visitation in light of the current situation in a particular case, please feel free to do so. If the parenting plan in question arose out of a Neglect/Dependency case, the motion to review should be set on a 9:00 a.m. Preliminary Hearing docket. The 9:00 a.m. Preliminary Hearing dockets are held daily. If the parenting plan arose out of a Parentage case, contact the Parental Assistance Court (information below) for further guidance.
Video and phone conferencing is available at Juvenile Court. New filings are forwarded to the assigned judicial officer to determine the scheduling of any video or phone conference.
We also encourage parents to contact our Parental Assistance Court (PAC) team members to discuss parenting plan issues. All of our PAC team members are certified Rule 31 mediators and are skilled at helping parents navigate difficulties related to co-parenting. They can reach a PAC team member by calling 615-862-8000 and asking for a PAC or just explaining that they need help with a parenting plan.
It is the mission of the Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office to provide those persons utilizing the services of the Juvenile Justice System with the highest level of efficient and courteous service, in a manner which is fiscally responsible, to all citizens of Metropolitan Nashville.
The Juvenile Court Clerk is a constitutional officer and is elected by the people for a term of four (4) years.
The duties and responsibilities include processing all legal documents filed in Juvenile Court, maintaining docket and minute books, acting as the keeper of the records, preparing hearing dockets, providing deputy clerks for all court hearings, maintaining financial records, collecting court costs, fines, child support, bonds and restitution, preparing Orders for the Juvenile Court, administering trust funds for minors (TCA 29-13-301 Part 3) and any other trust accounts as Ordered by the Court.