COVID-19 Response

The MBA takes the health and safety of our staff and members seriously; it is our first priority.

The MBA is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations and programming.


Court Updates 

Face Mask Order Effective Monday, July 13, 2020

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 and the recommendations of federal and state authorities with respect to the use of face coverings, and under the constitutional, statutory, and inherent authority of the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Court no further orders the mandatory use of face coverings as follows
1) Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all persons who, for the purpose of conducting court-related business, enter a courthouse or other building in which court facilities are located shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. The face covering shall be worn at all times while inside the building.
2) Children aged twelve (12) years or less are not required to wear a face covering. Parents or caregivers shall supervise the use of face coverings by children to avoid misuse.
3) Persons who have trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or who have another bona fide medical or health-related reason are not required to wear a face covering.
4) Face coverings are not required in situations in which a face covering poses a safety or security risk.
The requirements of this order are in addition to those of any applicable executive orders issued by the governor or authorized local officials. This order applies statewide to all courts and court clerks offices except administrative courts within the Executive Branch and federal courts and federal court clerks offices located in Tennessee.
Under the terms of this order, the courts of Tennessee remain open, consistent with the Judicial Branches or obligation to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Judges should work with local law enforcement and other county officials to ensure that, to the extent possible, courthouses remain accessible to carry out essential constitutional functions and time-sensitive proceedings.
This order shall be effective on Monday, July 13, 2020, and shall remain in effect until further order of the Court.
It is so ORDERED.

Criminal Court Trial Order Modifying Previously Entered Order on Jury Trials Dated July 30


Municipal Court Divisions 1, 2, & 3 Court Appearances Cancelled - 8/27/20

Division VII General Sessions Criminal Court Update - 8/5/2020
Final Division VII 

Please find a media release detailing new efiling and credit card payments being made available for Juvenile Court clients by the Clerk’s Office.  Juvenile Court Media Release 

Criminal Court Update - 6/16/20

Division IX Preferences Amended - 6/2/20

ALL Courts Reopening Plan - 5/28/20

General Sessions Contact Info

Clerk’s Civil Office: 901-222-3400  
                     Fax: 901-222-3413
Civil Court Judges Office: 901-222-3447 or 901-222-3414

District Attorney General Contacts

Order Extending State of Emergency & Cares ACT - 5/26/20

Juvenile Court Safety Plan - 5/27/20  Amendment 

General Sessions Criminal Court Order - 4/30/20

Governor Lee's Order Extending Remote Notarization of Documents through June 30 - 5/12/20

Tennessee Supreme Court order modified re suspension of in-person proceedings in all state and local courts - 4/24/20

Judge Michael's Statement 

Update from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland - 4/22/20

General Sessions Guidelines  - 4/22/20

Chancery Court Pandemic Practice Guide

Tennessee Supreme Court Order Waiving In Person Notary Requirements

Governor Lee's order to stay home unless in engaging in essential activities. 

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s order shutting down non-essential businesses. Under the order, essential businesses include “professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities.” 

Register of Deeds Office Has Reopened.  

Shelby County Law Library reopened June 15. 

Bankruptcy Court’s orders suspending in-person hearings and excusing debtors from attending in-person meetings of creditors.

Juvenile Court order modified 

In light of recent developments, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has extended and modified its March 12th Administrative Order No. 2020-11 as follows:

  • All civil judicial proceedings currently scheduled are continued until after April 17, and will be rescheduled.
  • All currently scheduled criminal judicial proceedings other than initial appearances, arraignments, bond and detention hearings and other in-person criminal proceedings presided over by magistrate judges, are continued until after April 17, and will be rescheduled. 
  • All civil and criminal jury selections and jury trials scheduled to commence now through April 17 are continued until further notice.  All grand juries already selected will not meet until after April 17.
  • The time period of the continuances under this modified order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act.

To read the full text of the order, click here.

Circuit Court Guidance for Common Situations

All in-court matters are suspended in compliance with the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Order. Regarding other common situations, the following apply:

  • All uncontested divorces Uncontested Divorces and Motions must be specially set in each Division. To receive a setting, please see the Division preferences First. Those can be found here: If a Division does not have preferences listed, please contact the Division via the Division email. 
  • Orders – Consent orders may be submitted electronically via individual division email or physically in Room 208 if in compliance with TRCP 58. All other orders, including competing orders, may be submitted for the court’s review in the same manner as consent orders.
  • Fiat and Date Requests – Contact the clerks of individual divisions. 

Circuit Court Division I Preferences

Circuit Court Division III Preferences

Circuit Court Division V Preferences

New Case Settings for General Sessions Civil Courts

Coronavirus Screening for Attorneys Entering Jail

Attorneys seeking to enter the Shelby County Jail to talk to clients will have to answer a series of questions. You will not be allowed to the enter the jail if:

You have had close contact with anyone known to have traveled from Wuhan, Japan, India, Iran or Italy within the past 14 days.

You, or anyone with whom you have had close contact, have been exposed to or quarantined for coronavirus.

You have fever, cough, shortness of breath or systems of lower or upper respiratory illness. 


Resources That Help Decrease Social Isolation While Increasing Social Distancing

Talking to Kids About the Virus

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health During Infectious Outbreak

Calming Anxiety in 30 Seconds

Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program 

ABA Mental Health Resources

Stress Reducing Practices 

1.  Daily Affirmation

Inhale and silently repeat "I am safe."

Exhale and silently repeat "I am well". 

Repeat affirmation while taking slow deep breaths.

2.  Box Breathing (also called Square Breathing or 4x4 Breath)

3.  Loving Kindness Meditation

May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be filled with loving kindness.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be well.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be peaceful and at ease.
May my loved one (insert name instead of "my loved one") be happy.

May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.

May the World be filled with loving kindness.
May the World be well.
May the World be peaceful and at ease.
May the World be happy.


Pre-Recorded Webinars from DHG

Cash Impacts of the CARES Act Through SBA Loans and Tax Law Changes
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27 which includes a significant number of tax and other provisions designed to support businesses and individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Join DHG for an informative webinar to learn the cash flow impacts of the CARES Act through SBA loans and tax law changes.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Join DHG as we discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was passed into law the evening of March 18th. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides food assistance support, virus test funding, Emergency Paid Sick Leave, expansion of Emergency Family and Medical Leave, tax credits for paid Sick and paid Family and Medical Leave and Unemployment Insurance stabilization.


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