As state leaders continue to evaluate conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Supreme Court recently asked each judicial district in Tennessee to develop a comprehensive re-entry plan for reinstating all in-person court proceedings.
As part of said plan, all judges within each judicial district, including municipal court judges, were asked to prepare a sub-plan for their respective court.
Fairview City Judge Shannon Crutcher worked with city administration, court staff and the police department to develop a sub-plan for Fairview City Court.
“The Comprehensive Re-Entry Plan for the 21st Judicial District, which includes the Sub-Plan for Fairview City Court, has been approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court. As such, Fairview City Court will re-open on Friday, May 29, 2020,” stated Judge Crutcher.
The highlights of the plan are as follows:
- Upon arriving for court, parties will check in with the Fairview Police Department stationed outside City Hall. They will provide a name and phone number before being advised of their position on the docket and remain in their vehicle until their case is called.
- The Court will call one case at a time with the parties notified via text and/or phone call.
- The parties will enter Fairview City Hall through the side door to the left of the court room. Prior to entry, their temperature will be checked with a touchless thermometer and they will be asked if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. If they have a fever and/or are experiencing symptoms, then their case will be reset.
- There will be sanitation stations throughout City Hall.
- All movement in City Hall will follow a one-way pattern: enter through side door, exit court room at the rear, stop at Clerk's window and exit City Hall through front door.
- Under no circumstances, will there be more than ten people in the court room.
- PPE is optional but recommended.
Judge Crutcher advised, “We have taken these precautions in an effort to reduce the risk to all persons appearing in Fairview City Court. Although it may seem like an inconvenient way to do business, we will continue to follow the direction of the Chief Justice based on CDC Guidelines.”