Due to the large caseload in Juvenile Court, one Judge cannot hear every case that is brought before the Court. Accordingly, Tennessee law provides that the Judge may appoint one or more Magistrates to preside over cases. In conducting the proceedings, Magistrates have the same powers as Judges. Any decision made by a Magistrate concerning any preliminary matter is final and not reviewable by the Judge, except on the Court's own motion. Any final decision made by a Magistrate may be appealed to the Judge by any party; the party wishing to appeal must file a "Request for Rehearing" with the Juvenile Court Clerk's office within five (5) judicial days of the date on which the Magistrate's Order was stamped "FILED" by the Clerk.
Judge Travis M. Lampley
Judge Travis Lampley was elected as Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge in 2022.
He began his legal career in the Juvenile Division of the Office of the District Attorney General for the 20th Judicial District in Davidson County. Lampley later began practicing law in Murfreesboro, TN with a focus on family law. He served as Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee where he was responsible for ethical complaints against licensed attorneys in Tennessee. Lampley later returned to the Office of the District Attorney General for the 16th Judicial District and managed cases in General Sessions Court, Circuit Court, and Juvenile Court.
Lampley completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his Juris Doctorate degree at the Appalachian School of Law, where he was a Faculty Scholar and member of the Moot Court Board.
Lampley is actively involved in his community. He served as a Diplomat for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and is a Past-President of the University of Tennessee Rutherford County Alumni Chapter. He was most recently Past Chair of the Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation and enjoys participating in local philanthropic events. Lampley is a member of the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. He is an active participant and presenter in the local chapter of the Andrew Jackson American Inns of Court. He is also a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, as well as the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Magistrate S. Ray White
1990- Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from MTSU
1996- Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law
1996- Public Defender’s Office
2010- Juvenile Court Magistrate
Magistrate Matthew F. Wright
1991- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University
2001- Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law
2001-2007- Solo Practitioner
2007-2022- Assistant General Counsel for Department of Children’s Services
2022-Present- Juvenile Court Magistrate