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Criminal Procedure in Sumner County, Tennessee

Every county has different local rules of court that govern the criminal court process and the procedure of how a criminal case should progress. The rules of criminal procedure are set by the state bur every county has their local rules. Sumner County Criminal Court Judge Dee Gay recently reminded attorneys that practice in his court of the local rules. I thought that I would post some of the key rules for lawyers that don't practice there often or those facing crimnal charges in Sumner County.

What is the Ten Day Rule?

One of the basic rules of Tennessee Criminal Procedure is the ten day rule.The ten day rule requires a preliminary hearing in criminal cases in Tennessee if the accused cannot make a bond. Under Rule 5(c)(1)(B) of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure requires the magistrate to set a preliminary hearing to be held within ten days if the defendant remains in custody unless:

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