(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an initiative sponsored by State Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) that reduces the backlog of court cases currently on the books in Tennessee.
House Bill 10 — which passed in both the House and Senate — adds a trial judge to the Sixteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-First Judicial Districts in an effort to improve efficiency within Tennessee’s current court system.
Additionally, the measure creates an eleven-member task force to review data and study current practices being conducted in all judicial districts. This task force would include input from trial court judges, district attorneys, district public defenders, as well as citizens in an effort to help each district operate more effectively.
“These specific districts have experienced remarkable growth in recent years, and we want to ensure they have the resources needed to keep up with a larger number of cases,” said Representative Johnson. “House Bill 10 will help streamline processes and ensure our local courts are better equipped to preserve the safety and well-being of citizens in the communities they serve.”
For more information about House Bill 10, please click here.
Curtis Johnson serves as the House Speaker Pro Tempore and is a member of the House Calendar & Rules Committee, the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee, the House Government Operations Committee, the House Business & Utilities Committee, the House Rules Committee, and the Joint Government Operations Committee. He is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Subcommittee, as well as the Joint Government Operations Commerce, Labor, Transportation & Agriculture Subcommittees. Johnson lives in Clarksville and represents House District 68, which includes part of Montgomery County. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-4341.