Circuit Court 16th Judicial Dist Division 3


505 Rutherford County Judicial Building
20 Public Square North
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 898-8074
Fax: (615) 898-8013

Welcome to Circuit Court, Division III

Serving the Citizens of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

M. Keith Siskin, Judge

- This Week in Circuit Court -

The Administrative Judge for the week of August 3 through August 7 is Judge Bragg.

Monday 8/3:

9:00 AM: Cannon County Docket

2:00 PM: Circuit Pre-Trial Conference

Tuesday 8/4:

9:00 AM: Circuit Docket

1:00 PM: Circuit Docket

Wednesday 8/5:

9:00 AM: Circuit Docket

Thursday 8/6:

9:00 AM: Chancery Docket

Friday 8/7:

9:00 AM: Chancery Motions

- Legal News & Announcements -

New Rule Allows Waiver of Court Hearing in Most Irreconcilable Differences Divorces with Children in Rutherford County:

The Trial Judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District have issued an Administrative Order allowing parties to obtain Irreconcilable Differences divorces in most cases involving minor children via Affidavit instead of personally appearing before the Court.  For additional information, please contact the Rutherford County Divorce Coordinator, Judy Reed, at (615) 848-5133.   

Justice Gary R. Wade Announces Retirement from Tennessee Supreme Court :

Justice Gary R. Wade has announced that he plans to retire from the Tennessee Supreme Court in September.  Justice Wade has served on the State's High Court since 2006, and has been a member of the Tennessee Judiciary for the last 28 years.  For more information, please visit the Administrative Office of the Courts website.    

Justice Gary R. Wade

Comments Sought from Local Attorneys Regarding Proposed Changes to Local Bonding Rules:

The Judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District are seeking comments from local attorneys regarding proposed changes to the Local Bonding Rules.  All comments must be in writing, and may be submitted to Judge Siskin via e-mail at, or by delivering the comments to Judge Siskin's office.  The deadline for submitting comments will be August 13, 2015.  

- The Court and the Community -

Judge Siskin recently sponsored a group of local attorneys for admission to the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Pictured, from left to right, are Bert McCarter, Travis Lampley, Judge J.S. Daniel, Sonya Wright, Barbara Marie Penland-LaFevers, Judge Siskin, Lisa Bell, Thomas Parkerson, Stan Bennett, and Kirk Catron.  Photograph taken in East Conference Room of United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

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Judge Siskin recently spoke to a pack of local Cub Scouts about the Court system.

- Courtroom Assignments for Judges -

The Trial Judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District hold Court in the following courtrooms:

Judge J. Mark Rogers Room 210
Chancellor Howard W. Wilson Room 306
Judge Royce Taylor Room 411
Judge David Bragg Room 419
Judge M. Keith Siskin Room 507

Please Note: The Circuit Judges regularly hear Chancery cases by interchange, and the Chancellor regularly hears Circuit cases by interchange.  Occasionally, the Judges swap courtrooms depending upon the size of their dockets.  Please check with the Clerk's Office [Chancery - (615) 898-7860; Circuit Civil - (615) 898-7820; Circuit Criminal - (615) 898-7812] to make sure you know where to go for your hearing!

For the latest docketing announcements and news from the Court: @TNCourt16JD

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