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Division V Procedures During the COVID-19 Suspension of In-Person Proceedings

Suspension of In-Person Proceedings

Under the Order Continuing TN Supreme Court Order In Re: COVID-19 Pandemic, No. ADM2020-00428, Division V will not hold in-person proceedings at this time, except as provided by the Order.  Trials or hearings set to proceed prior to the Court’s lifting the suspension will not go forward as scheduled.  Please reschedule cases by contacting the Division V courtroom clerk, Carlita Ross, at circuit.division5@shelbycountytn.gov. All dates are subject to change, depending on when the Court ultimately lifts the suspension of in-person proceedings.


To schedule motions, please contact the Division V courtroom clerk who will provide a date and time for the matter to proceed remotely, via audio or video conference.  You will need to provide login information for Zoom or another remote conferencing platform.  Please also email any documents the court needs to review before the hearing and any proposed orders you wish to submit for consideration following the hearing.  Please be sure to submit a certificate of consultation as required by Local Rule 5(H).  The Division 5 email address is circuit.division5@shelbycountytn.gov.

Uncontested Divorces

For uncontested divorces, please contact the Division V clerk for a date and time. 

Prior to the hearing date, you must have complied with all notice requirements and submitted in advance the paperwork listed below to the Division V divorce referee, Ms Yolander Hardaway, at hardawayy@bellsouth.net :

Marital Dissolution Agreement
Proposed Final Decree 
If applicable, parenting seminar certificate and proposed Parenting Plan.
Other paperwork (cost bill, demographic sheet, insurance notice, military affidavit, and divorce certificate)

After Ms Hardaway notifies you the matter is ready to proceed, please provide the Division V clerk, Ms Hardaway, and the court login information for Zoom or another video conferencing platform.  The Plaintiff and any witnesses must be available via video conferencing to testify. 

If Ms Hardaway informs you the matter is not ready to proceed, please contact the Division V clerk for another date.

Submission of Orders

Please email proposed orders to the Division V clerk at circuit.division5@shelbycountytn.gov.  If available, please provide email addresses for all attorneys/parties so the clerk can email attested copies.




Appropriate attire is mandatory for any appearance in court, whether as a participant in a case, a witness, or an observer. Appropriate attire not only helps maintain decorum but shows respect for our laws and courts.

As a general rule, think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview. You will be barred from the courtroom if you violate the court dress code. Regardless of how you personally feel about the dress code, please obey the rules.

Suggested Guidelines -
Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); shirt (tucked in) with or without a jacket

Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt (if your top is sleeveless, wear a jacket or sweater)

You will NOT be allowed to enter the courtroom wearing the following inappropriate clothing (this may result in default of your civil case):
  • Shorts
  • Hats, baseball caps, curlers
  • Halter, tube top, spaghetti straps, or low-cut top
  • T-shirt or muscle shirt
  • See-through clothing
  • Flip flops
  • Clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear
  • Ripped or torn jeans
  • Baggy pants that fall below your waist
  • Clothing with an emblem or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
  • Clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity
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