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Juvenile Court
1710 South Church Street
Suite 1
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7972
Fax: (615) 713-3382



Family Preservation Initiative Promises New Solutions to Help Vulnerable Children and Families


Posted 5/1/20

Court Security plans to limit the human to human transmission of the Corona Virus by keeping persons six feet apart. Only attorneys, clients, and others directly involved in the case will be allowed entrance into the building. Before entry, all persons will submit to a temperature scan. Any person failing to comply or who has a temperature of 100.4 F will be denied entry into the building.

Front Entrance (Outside) Security:

  • There will be marks placed on the concrete (tape) approximately six feet or more as architecture allows designating appropriate social distancing while in proximity to the entrance.

  • There will be a Deputy assigned during peak time to ensure compliance to social distancing guidelines are being met, and will be monitored during non-peak hours by video surveillance.

  • Patrons will have temperature taken prior to speaking with Clerk to check in for their case on the docket. The Outside Deputy will be present to ensure, only those persons appearing on the docket will be allowed entry as needed.

  • Personnel upon checking in with the Clerk shall provide a cell phone number. The person may, or may not be given direction to wait outside the entrance, or in their vehicle, and need to be available to the Court while complying with social distancing.

Front Entrance (Security Screening Inside):

  • There will be one door for entry into the building, with a separate exit door on the other side of the lobby to avoid contact.

  • Only one person at a time will go through the screening station. When the person has cleared the area, and has distanced themselves by the required 6 feet or more, the next person shall proceed.

  • Employees and attorneys will be allowed to screen first.

  • Marks on the floor (tape) will be placed on the floor to assist in gauging proper social distancing once the person has retrieved their items from the screening station, to replace articles on their person if needed.

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.

  • While in the lobby of the Juvenile Courthouse, personnel will be advised by a Deputy Sheriff what chair to sit in. Chairs have been numbered with a total of nine chairs available. Each seat is within the guidelines of social distancing. If all the chairs are occupied, no one else shall be allowed entry; unless they are summoned by the Judge to appear directly to the Courtroom. At which time they would complete the normal security screening process.

  • All Courtroom bench seating will have a “X” placed six feet apart to help gauge for proper social distancing.

  • Signs will be placed outside of the courtroom to remind persons to be seated at the appropriate place or as directed by the Court.

  • Each Judge will have their own plan on what procedure should be followed in respect to their Courtroom.



3/31/20 COVID19 Update to Procedures

4/13/20 In order to facilitate the movement of cases and ensuring all constitutional rights of parties are protected during COVID-19 with the Juvenile Court of Rutherford County, there will be a new procedure for all attorneys and pro-se litigants requesting a video hearing. The Attorney or Pro-se Litigant shall file a proper “Joint Motion to Request a Video Hearing”. With that joint motion, the attached, which is the procedure by which they are to certify all necessary requirements, SHALL also be lodged with the Joint Motion and immediately given to the Court for consideration.

Welcome to the Rutherford County, Tennessee, Juvenile Court website. I am Donna Scott Davenport and it is my privilege to serve Rutherford County as Juvenile Court Judge.

The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over both civil and delinquency/unruly cases involving children. Whenever children are charged with violating criminal statutes, it is the duty of the Court to provide a simple judicial procedure which assures the juvenile a fair hearing and due process, while protecting the constitutional and legal rights of all parties. Additionally, we strive to accomplish the following goals: to provide for the wholesome moral, mental, and physical development of children; to substitute treatment, training, and rehabilitation for the consequences of criminal behavior by children; and to remove children from the custody of their parents only when absolutely necessary for the child's welfare or in the interest of public safety. We always seek to ensure that our community is safe, and that violent or dangerous juveniles are held in detention if no other, less-restrictive alternatives exist.

Our Court offers programs and services which provide troubled youths with the necessary skills they lack in order to be successful in life. Many times, we are the last line of defense for a family that is desperate for a bridge to fill the gap between the child's delinquent behavior and the possibility of learning new and positive behaviors. We seek to rehabilitate, not punish children. The Court believes in the inherent goodness of every child, and every child's need for parental guidance. Our work begins and ends with the goal of keeping children out of State custody and preserving or restoring the family unit.