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Your First Court Appearance in Tennessee

If you have been arrested in Tennessee, your first court appearnce will be before a magistrate. In Nashville,TN., all the magistrates are appointed by the General Sessions judges and are lawyers. In many counties, the magistrate is selected by the county commission and are not lawyers. The magistrate must make a finding that probable cause exists to issue an arrest warrant. If probable cause exists, the magistrate will sign the arrest warrant and set a bail bond amount

Be Nice to the Clerk During the Criminal Court Process

When I was in law school, I clerked for a judge in Nashville, Tennessee. During the criminal court process in Tennessee, you will encounter many people. The clerk of the criminal,circuit, or general sessions court is one of those people. It pays to be polite to the clerk whether you are a lawyer or client. The clerks handle the collection of court costs, expungements, and processing restricted license applications just to name a few of their duties. That lesson was reenforced recently.

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