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 July 25-29 is Chancellor Wilson.

Monday 7/25:

9:00 AM:  Chancery Docket

Tuesday 7/26:

9:00 AM:  Circuit Motions

Wednesday 7/27:

9:00 AM:  Chancery Motions  

1:00 PM:  Chancery Hearing (Closed) - No. 16MH-1

2:30 PM:  Chancery Adoption Docket

Thursday 7/28:

9:00 AM:  Jury Orientation (Room 210)

11:00 AM:  Chancery Docket (Room 507)

Friday 7/29:

8:30 AM:  Chancery Docket

- Legal News & Announcements -

Portrait of Retired Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III to be Unveiled at Ceremony:

Retired Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III, will have his judicial portrait unveiled at a ceremony hosted by the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Asociation on August 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Room 306, Rutherford County Judicial Building.  Following his retirement from the bench in 2014, Corlew was elected as President of Lions Club International, and has been traveling the world to advance the Lions Club's mission of empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meeting humanitarian needs, encouraging peace, and promoting international understanding.

Honorable Robert E. Corlew, III

New Policy Regarding Fax-Filing in Cannon County Circuit & Chancery Courts:

Effective July 1, 2016, the Clerks of the Cannon County Circuit and Chancery Courts will begin assessing the fee authorized by T.R.C.P. 5A.04 relating to the fax filing of documents in civil cases.  There will be an initial fee of $5.00 for receiving the fax and an additional fee of $1.00 per page (including the cover sheet).  According to T.R.C.P. 5A.02, documents in excess of ten (10) pages (cover sheet included) may not be submitted by fax and will not be filed by the Clerk.  All faxes must be accompanied by the uniform fax cover sheet provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the cover sheet must be filled out completely.  The Clerks will not accept pleadings which require the payment of Court costs before they are filed, summonses, wills/codicils, or notices of appeal by fax.  You are not required to mail the original document to the Court and the Clerks request that you not do so.  You should retain the original filing in your records so the Court may review it upon request.  Once your document is received, the Clerks will send a verification sheet and cost bill.  If the Clerks are not able to file your document because it does not conform with the Rule, you will receive notification of that fact as well.  As required by the Rule, the fax filing fee must be paid within ten (10) days of the fax being received and is not taxed as court costs at the end of the case.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Clerk.

Local Chancellor, Clerk & Master Instrumental in New E-Filing Legislation:

Sixteenth Judicial District Chancellor Howard Wilson and Rutherford County Clerk & Master John A.W. Bratcher were on hand in Nashville when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law Public Chapter No. 970, which makes electronic filing in Tennessee's civil Trial Courts more feasible.  Chancellor Wilson and Clerk & Master Bratcher were instrumental in advancing the legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro).  For more information, please see the Administrative Office of the Courts' press release.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (seated) signs Public Chapter No. 970 into law.

Chancellor Howard Wilson is second from right, and Clerk & Master John A.W. Bratcher is at far right.

Condolences to the Family of David Kious:

We were saddened to learn of the passing of attorney David Kious, a member of the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association who practiced law in Murfreesboro for many years.  Mr. Kious was a fine man and excellent attorney, and will be dearly missed.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Service Dog Can be Used to Comfort Witness:

The ruling, in the case of State v. Reyes, is the first Tennessee Court decision regarding the use of dogs in the courtroom.  For more details, please see the Administrative Office of the Courts' website.

- The Court and the Community -

Judge Siskin gave a lecture on domestic relations law at the Tennessee Association for Justice conference in Nashville.

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Judge Siskin received an award for recruiting new members to the Murfreesboro Downtown Barristers Lions Club.

Pictured, from left to right, are Judge Siskin and General Sessions Judge Barry Tidwell (Lions Club President).

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Judge Siskin participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rutherford County Judicial Center.

Pictured, from left to right, are Circuit Judge J. Mark Rogers, General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Judge Siskin, Chancellor Howard Wilson, Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell, and Chancery Court Clerk & Master John A.W. Bratcher.

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Judge Siskin joined other members of the local judiciary at a luncheon to benefit victims of domestic violence.

Pictured, from left to right, are Juvenile Magistrate Adam Dodd, General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Child Support Magistrate Diana Burns, Juvenile Judge Donna Scott Davenport, Judge Siskin, and Circuit Judge David Bragg.

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Judge Siskin 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 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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