Please see below for general information on how the Criminal Court will help protect public safety when "in-person" hearings are required.
To see the specific Criminal Court protocols, please click here.
During the limited "in-person" hearings, the Court will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. These measures include the following, among others:
If “in-person” proceedings are required to be held, the Court will limit the number of persons appearing in the courtroom. In general, the Court will permit only the following persons to be present in the courtroom during any “in-person” proceeding:
Yes, of course, but with advanced permission. Members of the public are welcome, but are asked to contact the Court so that appropriate space can be reserved in the courtroom. Members of the public may also attend video-conference proceedings by logging into the Court's Virtual Courtroom.
Members of the media may also attend any “in-person” court proceeding upon approval by the Criminal Court or the Supreme Court, consistent with Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 30.
All requests by the media to attend any court proceeding should be directed to https://criminalcourt2.org/contact-us and to Barbara Peck, who is the Communications Director for the Administrative Office of the Courts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-440-2555.
Upon being notified that the media has sought permission, Court will defer all proceedings to permit such an inquiry to occur. Cf. Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 30(d)(2)(“Media requesting coverage shall be allowed to present proof, either at the evidentiary hearing or by affidavit.”).
All media personnel receiving approval to attend will be permitted to attend under the Court’s safety protocols.
For more information about media coverage of Criminal Court proceedings more generally, please see the Media Coverage Page here.
Hamilton County Criminal Court
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