Judicial Edge2019-01-18T11:09:08-07:00

I asked my family what it was like having a judge for a husband and father. This is what they said

Photo from left: Joy, Julia, Don, Rita, Hugh, Taylor

By Hon. Don Ash

When I used the term “judicial family” during my career, I was always referring to the men and women in the Tennessee judiciary, present and past. It has been a blessing to share my work life with so many quality people. I am a better person and judge because of them.

But I have another judicial

March 23rd, 2020|

Most judges don’t feel prepared to deal with COVID-19

Sign up for the NJC’s free webcast “The Judge’s Role in Responding to a Pandemic,” this Thursday, March 19, at noon Pacific.

By Anna-Leigh Firth

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, our Question of the Month for March asked NJC alumni, “Do you feel adequately prepared to make judicial decisions involving the coronavirus or a similar public health emergency?”

March 13th, 2020|

Ten Commandments for a Trial Judge

By Hon. Mark Milam and Hon. Will Babor

Commandment #1:  Thou shalt take thy time with decisions in court.
Haste makes waste, and it can sometimes make for bad rulings. Don’t rush. Often an extra moment or two – even the lunch break – is the difference between a right or wrong ruling.

Commandment #2:  Thou shalt control the courtroom.
A trial can be a highly emotional event. Keep the courtroom free

February 4th, 2020|

8 facts about alcohol and drug abuse today that every trial judge should know

By Kenneth D. Robinson

  1. Marijuana has changed
    The marijuana your friends may have smoked in the 1970s bears little resemblance to the marijuana consumed today. The concentration of the psychoactive ingredient — THC — has increased almost six-fold.[1]
  2. This is a fatal dose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 100 times stronger than morphine.[2]
November 8th, 2019|
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