Division 9 Preferences

Honorable Yolanda Kight Brown



circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov

Effective through April 30, 2020

Unless extended by the Supreme Court

Pursuant to the Supreme Court Order Continuing Suspension of In-Person Court Proceedings and Extension of Deadlines No.ADM2020-00428, all in-person proceedings will be suspended through April 30, 2020.

EXCEPTIONS TO SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS

To schedule those matters that are an exception to the in-person suspension, including but not limited to orders of protection, emergency child custody matters, and petitions for injunctive relief set by Division IX, please contact the Clerk via her email at
circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov
. Pursuant to the Amended Supreme Court Order, Division 9 will make arrangements to conduct in Court proceedings adhering to the social distancing and other guidelines set forth in the Supreme Court Order. 

UNCONTESTED DIVORCES

The Court will hear Uncontested Divorces on April 13 and April 24 at 9:00am via affidavit. If your case is currently scheduled for April 8, it will be heard on April 13 at 9 am and if your case is currently scheduled for April 15 and April 22, it will be heard on April 24 at 9am. If the date that you have been reset to does not work or you need to reschedule for another date after April 30, please contact Judge Debbie Branan, Divorce Referee at KDJudge@aol.com. If you have a case that is not currently set and you would like to have it heard prior to the Court resuming in-person proceedings, please contact Judge Debbie Branan, Divorce Referee at KDJudge@aol.com to have it set on April 13 or April 24.

Please file the Plaintiff’s Affidavit, Agreed Parenting Plan, Insurance Notification, Costs Bill, Health Insurance Form and any other documents that need to be filed by close of business on Wednesday, April 8 for those scheduled for the April 13 hearing date and by close of business on Wednesday, April 22 for those scheduled for April 24 hearing date.  It is very important that you adhere to this requirement so the Divorce Referee and Court have all documents filed and time to review them prior to the scheduled hearing. The Court reserves the right to reschedule any hearing if it determines that it needs to hear oral testimony from any of the witnesses.

The Final Decree shall be submitted via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov or placed in the Division 9 Orders Box in Room 208.  Please make sure all required signatures and/or certificate of service is on the Order.

 

MOTIONS

If you need to have a motion heard prior to April 30 and both sides agree, please contact Lisa Nash at Circuit.Division9@shelbycountytn.gov. Rule 5(h) is more important than ever and strict compliance is required.

All non-dispositive motions will be considered on brief only without oral argument, but the Court reserves the right to schedule hearings for oral arguments should the Court deem it necessary. All motions, responses, and replies shall be timely filed in compliance with the applicable Local Rules and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.  All non-dispositive motions shall be set by sending an email to Lisa Nash at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov.  Please be sure to include the style, docket number, title of motion, contact information (Name & Phone number) for attorneys of record or pro se litigants. The Clerk will notify you of the date that it is set to be heard.

The Court will issue a ruling granting or denying the motion which will be emailed to the attorneys and self-represented parties by Friday of the following week. If you have not received it by then, you may contact Lisa Nash via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov to obtain the ruling via email.      

 Parties shall submit an Order within seven (7) days in accordance with the local rules.  The Order may be submitted via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov or placed in the Division 9 Orders Box in Room 208.  Please make sure all required signatures and/or certificate of service are on the Order.

All dispositive motions will be specially set by contacting Lisa Nash via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov.  All motions, responses, and replies shall be timely filed in accordance with the Local Rules and Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.  The Court will determine if it will rule on briefs and without oral argument based on the pleadings pursuant to our local rules or schedule a time to hear oral arguments. All oral arguments shall be via Court Call (if you are not registered via Court Call, you may register via CourtCall.com or call 888-882-6878 for assistance), Zoom, or telephonically unless there is an objection.  

Once a ruling on the motion is issued, the Order shall be submitted via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov or placed in the Division 9 Orders Box in Room 208 within seven (7) days of the ruling.  Please make sure all required signatures and/or certificate of service is on the Order.

 

MINOR SETTLEMENTS, WRITS OF INQUIRY SET BY DIVISION IX

If you have a minor settlement or writ of inquiry that needs to be heard in April, please contact Lisa Nash via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov The Court will do its best to schedule a hearing for all interested parties, witnesses, etc. to appear via Court Call. If you are not registered with Court Call, you may register via CourtCall.com or call 888-882-6878 for assistance.  Zoom may be an option for remote appearances if Court Call is not an option. If neither of these are an option, please contact Lisa Nash to get the matter rescheduled or scheduled for a date after April 30.  

 

JURY AND NON-JURY TRIALS

All jury and bench trials, including contested divorce trials, and pretrial conferences associated with those trials scheduled thru April 30 will be reset and placed on the status calendar for May 11, 2020 at 9am. If the parties can agree upon new dates for the trials and pre-trial conferences, you may contact Lisa Nash at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov . Please send an email with your docket number and preference dates to reset your case after conferring with your opposing party regarding available dates.  If a new trial date is reset, you will not need to appear at the status hearing on May 11. The parties will need to submit an Order with the new date to ensure all parties have proper notice of the new trial date.

The Order shall be submitted via email to Lisa Nash at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov or placed in the Division 9 Orders Box in Room 208.  Please make sure all required signatures and/or certificate of service are on the Order.

STATUSES

Statuses will be rescheduled for May 11, 2020 at 9am. Please contact Lisa Nash at Circuit.Division9@shelbycountytn.gov if you need a status scheduled prior to May 11, 2020.  

DISMISSAL DOCKET

Any matters set on the March 30, 2020 dismissal docket shall be reset. Lisa Nash will send out notices with the new date that your case will be heard.

OTHER HEARINGS INCLUDING PETITION HEARINGS

Any hearings scheduled thru April 30, unless they fall within an emergency exception, will be reset and placed on the status calendar for May 11 at 9am. If the case falls within the exceptions for in-person proceedings or if the attorneys or self-represented parties have agreed to a new date to have the hearing heard after April 30, please contact Lisa Nash at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov to get the matter scheduled.  Please provide her with the style of the case and your docket number.

 

OTHER MATTERS OR CASES

Please contact Lisa Nash via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov to inquire about any other legal matter or case not otherwise addressed herein. 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation during this difficult time.  Your case and legal matters are very important and we will do our very best to accommodate all parties in a timely and efficient manner.  The Court intends to handle all matters in a manner that limits exposure to all parties. If you have any ideas that will help facilitate the handling of matters in Division 9, please send us an email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov.

Orders may be submitted electronically via email at circuit.division9@shelbycountytn.gov or placed in the Order Box in Room 208.

A Circuit Court Judge will be available each day to sign fiats, consent orders, issue ex parte injunctions, and ex parte orders of protection, and to handle all urgent matters.  Please go to the Circuit Court Filing Counter Room 224, or Room 208 or see Judicial Assistants in Room 212 for assistance. 

 

Please be safe.

 

Effective 3/31/2020


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