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Shelby County Courts Are Reopening: Here’s What To Expect


As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the Memphis Criminal, Civil, and City Courts are slowly reopening their doors to pending and new legal matters.  As is the case, significant changes are underway.  Many of the court systems will be altering their hours along with guidelines limiting person-to-person interaction. Listed below are just a few of the changes you and your attorney may notice at the courthouses in Memphis:

Criminal Court

In the past, 201 Poplar was bustling and overcrowded with pending criminal cases.  The Coronavirus pandemic has altered the way these criminal cases proceed.  First and foremost, all people entering the courthouse must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing.  All out of custody defendants will now be seated in the auditorium at 201 Poplar and await further instructions on how to proceed to his/her designated courtroom.  In addition, most hearings for out of custody defendants are being temporarily postponed along with any Jury trials.  Additionally, courtrooms are also limiting the number of people allowed inside during court proceedings.  If you have a question about a new or pending criminal case in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee contact an experienced member of The Chiozza Law Firm for assistance and guidance.

Civil Court

Most legal proceedings that occur in Memphis Civil Court will now be conducted via video conferencing.  Jury trials are suspended, and all people entering the civil courthouse are required to wear appropriate face coverings.  If you have a pending civil matter, it is important that you contact your attorney for an updated schedule related to your matter as litigation dates are being constantly updated.  Contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm for questions about your civil matters, including personal injury claims, medical malpractice matters, and auto accident injury cases.

City Court/Traffic Court

The biggest difference to the Memphis City Court is a temporary schedule change. Under normal circumstances, Memphis City Courts handle speeding tickets and other moving violation citations at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  In order to practice social distancing, the three Memphis City Courts are now opening courts at the following times:

  • City Court Division 1: Now opening at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • City Court Division 2: Now opening at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • City Court Division 3: Now opening at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The schedule for traffic matters set in Division 14 on the 2nd floor of 201 Poplar is unchanged. While we know the new court schedules are needed to help with social distancing, we understand it may also present an inconvenience for some. If you need assistance with a traffic ticket, an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm can appear for you on your scheduled court setting and make sure the matter is handled properly, all for a reasonable fee. 

In light of the pandemic, individuals and businesses alike are having to alter their daily routine and the legal system is no exception. Working together and making the necessary changes to our day-today is our best chance at helping our community return to normal.  In the meantime, we hope everyone can remain patient as the situation evolves.  Members of The Chiozza Law Firm will do our part to ensure that your legal matters continue and proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible.  If you have any legal questions at all, feel free to contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm by calling 901-526-9494. Be Safe.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:19 AM
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