JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Last week, the Tennessee Supreme Court extended its order that state and local courts will remain open subject to policies and procedures intended to address public health concerns related to COVID-19.

The order requires state and local courts to reschedule non-essential hearings until after April 30, 2020, with exceptions for certain cases.  Courts will continue to hold constitutionally required proceedings for incarcerated defendants, including arraignments, bond related matters, and preliminary hearings.  Courts will also continue to hear urgent matters related to domestic abuse, including orders of protection, emergency child custody proceedings, and emergency matters related to petitions by the Department of Children’s Services.  Judges in each court are responsible for the manner in which they will proceed under the new Supreme Court guidelines, so procedures will vary from court to court.  For criminal matters, defendants should contact their attorneys for information.  Crime victims and witnesses should contact the office listed below for the county in which their case will be heard.  Currently, all of the District Attorney General’s offices are operating under normal business hours, but our offices have currently suspended in-office visitation.  Without exception, our office will continue to ensure the rights of crime victims during this time.


Campbell County    423.562.4991

Claiborne County   423.626.8002

Fentress County     931.400.8080

Scott County            423.663.2544

Union County          865.992.8826

Drug Task Force     423.566.5843


Jacksboro                  423.563.7632

Huntsville                  423.663.2532


Huntsville                  423.63.6638   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/01/2020-11:30AM)