Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge Hicks released a Memorandum, available here, detailing updates to his April misdemeanor criminal dockets necessitated by the Tennessee Supreme Court's ongoing suspension of in-person court hearings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the key takeaways:
- Incarcerated individuals wanting to settle their cases are exempted from the suspension and may present their settlements in person.
- Non-incarcerated individuals wanting to settle their cases may present their settlements via video (Facetime, Skype, etc.) or reset their April settlement dates to May.
- Initial appearances will be preferably conducted via video by attorneys with waivers signed by their clients.
- Defendants do not need to appear at any progress or status hearings, which should be addressed with the clerk’s office ahead of the scheduled date.
- All jury trials pending in April are cancelled.
- All other Montgomery County matters scheduled for April, including motion hearings, are rescheduled to May 15th, with Robertson County matters being rescheduled to May 21st.
Do you have questions about your Montgomery County or Robertson County criminal matter? Contact us today by calling (931) 398-5308!