As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspects of our lives, both personal and business. In response to this health crisis, courts around the country and here in Tennessee are adjusting as necessary in order to keep all of our citizens safe.

On March 25, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued a notice that state courts will remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, but are suspending in-person judicial proceedings through April 30, 2020. The Order applies to state and local Tennessee courts, including appellate, trial, general sessions, juvenile, and municipal courts. It also encourages court proceedings by telephone, video, teleconferencing, email, or other means that do not involve in-person contact.

If you have a pending criminal matter with our office, don’t panic. This is a confusing and stressful time, but we want to assure you that we are always protecting your rights. If you have a court date scheduled, it is likely postponed, and we will get in touch with a new date as soon as we have it. If your loved one is currently in jail, you will not be permitted to visit them at this time due to health concerns. You can find up-to-date information at the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

New information and legislation emerges every day regarding COVID-19. The attorneys at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC prioritize the safety of our staff and clients above all else. We serve the people of Sevierville, Seymour, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding Tennessee locations. To speak with an experienced attorney, call us at 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form to review your case.

For more information on monitoring the spread of the coronavirus on a global basis, you can visit the CDC and the World Health Organization.