Division 7 Preferences


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Motions which would normally be heard at 9:00 o’clock a.m. on Friday may be specially scheduled but may be set by Judge Wagner only. Motions which may be specially set may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the more complex discovery disputes, dis-positive motions, and motions in limine which will take more than ten or fifteen minutes to argue.

Every motion set must have a certificate of consultation pursuant to Shelby County Circuit Court Local Rule 5(H). The motion will not be heard if there is no certificate of consultation.

Motions not in compliance with all Local Rules will be struck for that week.

All dispositive motions must be heard at least THIRTY DAYS before trial. Dispositive motions will NOT BE HEARD if the Court does not receive a courtesy copy of memoranda from each participating party within the time period required by the T.R.C.P. and local rules.


Will be heard on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am.
There are two types of matters that may proceed as an uncontested divorce.
  1. By Agreement of the Parties on all issues (MDA/PPP)
  2. By Default Judgment.
Before your hearing can proceed, the following items must be filed:
  • Military Affidavit (Required in No. 1 and No. 2 Divorces)
  • Health Insurance Notice (Required in No. 1 Divorces)
  • Marriage Dissolution Agreement (Required in No. 1 Divorces)
  • Parenting Seminar Certificate (if minor children) (Required in No. 1 and No. 2 divorces)
  • Order of Default entered at least 30 days prior. (Required in No. 2 Divorces)
  • Bring a Final Decree of Divorce with you to the hearing.
  • Bring a completed TN Certificate of Divorce with you to the hearing.
  • Bring a Completed Parenting Plan with you , if minor children.
The Divorce Referee will review filings before the scheduled hearing.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for the Divorce Referee to complete the review.

If your documents are not filed, or are incomplete at 9:00 am, your hearing will be rescheduled to a future date.


A status conference will be held for all Non-Jury and Jury cases. Appearance at the Status Conference is mandatory.


Pursuant to Rule 4(C)(3) of the Local Rules, attorneys or pro se litigants may approach the Court to request a trial date.

Pre-Trial Conferences will be scheduled on Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Wrongful Death cases at least 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIAL DATE. Please make sure to see the clerk to obtain a pre-trial conference date.


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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