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Face coverings are required in all City facilities.  For the latest Covid-19 information, please visit https://www.brentwoodtn.gov/residents/covid-19/

 

 

 

All Courts of the 21st Judicial District adopt as Court rules, policies, and procedures the following as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”).

Personal protection such as gloves and masks are permitted but not required

  1. Tissues and non-touch disposal receptacles will be located on each counsel table and in each courtroom.

  2. Access to bathroom facilities is available to litigants and/or witnesses prior to and following Court attendance wherein soap and water for hand sanitation will be available.

  3. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be made available on all counsel tables as well as at the entry of all courtrooms and at the entry points of all courthouses or buildings in which courtrooms are located. Said alcohol-based hand sanitizer will contain at least sixty percent (60%) alcohol.

  4. At the commencement and end of each proceeding, Judges will encourage all litigants, attendees, and counsel to employ proper hand hygiene.

  5. At the end of each proceeding, counsel tables, lecterns, desks, door handles, and all other flat surfaces which have been or are likely to be touched by humans will be sanitized.

  6. All employees of the Court system will be encouraged to visit the CDC’s coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage.

  7. All courtroom doors will remain open so that litigants, counsel, and witnesses who have limited access to the courtroom can enter and exit the courtroom without handling or touching doors, door handles, or other flat surfaces.

  8. The Presiding Judge of each courtroom or court staff will observe all social distancing requirements and further designate seats for all attendees with a minimum of six (6) foot radius between occupied seats. All court officers, court staff, and Judges will be responsible for insuring social distancing in all courtrooms and foyers and/or entryways into the Courthouse or public buildings.

  9. No more than ten (10) people, excluding the judge, court personnel, witness, and court security, shall be in any courtroom at any given time.

  10. Signage will be placed outside every courthouse in the district, or courtroom if a multi-purpose building, indicating the CDC guidelines, recommendations and Governor Bill Lee’s “Tennessee Pledge” guidance. For each person attempting entry into a courthouse, or courtroom if a multi-purpose building, court personnel, deputies, or court officers shall point to Governor Lee’s “Tennessee Pledge” guidance sign and ask the person if their answer to any of the five health-related questions on the sign is “yes.” If the person’s answer is “yes” or if the person refuses to answer “yes” or “no,” that person shall be denied entry to the courtroom or building. The deputy, court officer, or other court staff will notify the Judge that the person has been denied access. If the person is a litigant or necessary witness, the Judge will continue the case. However, if the person is denied access solely because the person refused to answer “yes” or “no,” the case will not be continued.

  11. In Williamson County, touchless thermometers are being used at every courthouse or building housing a courtroom. Individuals who seek entry into the courthouse or building housing a courtroom will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer. If the person refuses to have their temperature taken or has a temperature over 100.4, the person will be denied access. The deputy, court officer, or other court staff will notify the Judge that the person has been denied access. If the person is a litigant or necessary witness, and the person has a temperature over 100.4, the Judge will continue the case. If the person is denied access solely because the person refused to have their temperature taken, the case will not be continued.

  12.  All courthouses and courtrooms will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected throughout each day and at the end of each day it is open.

  13. The CDC’s guidelines regarding social distancing shall be followed in all courthouses and courtrooms.

  14. These procedures, policies, and protocols shall apply to all courts in the 21st Judicial District and shall not be abrogated or contravened by any other procedures set forth below.

 

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