Circuit Court 16th Judicial Dist Division 3


505 Rutherford County Judicial Building
20 Public Square North
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 898-8074
Fax: (615) 898-8013

Welcome to Circuit Court, Division III

Serving the Citizens of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

M. Keith Siskin, Judge

- This Week in Circuit Court -

The Administrative Judge for the week of June 27 through July 1 is Judge Rogers.

Monday 6/27:

9:00 AM:  Chancery Docket

Tuesday 6/28:

9:00 AM:  Circuit Docket - NOTE: Brumfield v. City of Murfreesboro will not be heard.

Wednesday 6/29:

9:00 AM:  Circuit Docket - NOTE: Brumfield v. City of Murfreesboro will not be heard; Chancery Docket

Thursday 6/30:

9:00 AM:  Jury Orientation (Room 210)

11:00 AM: Circuit Docket - NOTE: Brumfield v. City of Murfreesboro will not be heard.

1:00 PM:  Circuit Docket

Friday 7/1:

9:00 AM:  Circuit Docket - NOTE: The docket contains an error: Douglas v. Douglas will not be heard.

- Legal News & Announcements -

Condolences to the Family of David Kious:

We were saddened to learn of the passing of attorney David Kious, a member of the Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association who practiced law in Murfreesboro for many years.  Mr. Kious was a fine man and excellent attorney, and will be dearly missed.

Candidate Forum for New General Sessions Judgeship to be Held on June 30, 2016:

The Murfreesboro/Rutherford County League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidate Forum for the newly-created General Sessions Court Part IV Judgeship on June 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) at the historic Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro. Election day is August 4, 2016:

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Service Dog Can be Used to Comfort Witness:

The ruling, in the case of State v. Reyes, is the first Tennessee Court decision regarding the use of dogs in the courtroom.  For more details, please see the Administrative Office of the Courts' website.


- The Court and the Community -

Judge Siskin gave a lecture on domestic relations law at the Tennessee Association for Justice conference in Nashville.

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Judge Siskin received an award for recruiting new members to the Murfreesboro Downtown Barristers Lions Club.

Pictured, from left to right, are Judge Siskin and General Sessions Judge Barry Tidwell (Lions Club President).

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Judge Siskin participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rutherford County Judicial Center.

Pictured, from left to right, are Circuit Judge J. Mark Rogers, General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Judge Siskin, Chancellor Howard Wilson, Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell, and Chancery Court Clerk & Master John A.W. Bratcher.

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Judge Siskin joined other members of the local judiciary at a luncheon to benefit victims of domestic violence.

Pictured, from left to right, are Juvenile Magistrate Adam Dodd, General Sessions Judge Ben Hall McFarlin, Jr., Child Support Magistrate Diana Burns, Juvenile Judge Donna Scott Davenport, Judge Siskin, and Circuit Judge David Bragg.

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Judge Siskin sponsored a group of local attorneys for admission to the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Pictured, from left to right, are Bert McCarter, Travis Lampley, Judge J.S. Daniel, Sonya Wright, Barbara Marie Penland-LaFevers, Judge Siskin, Lisa Bell, Thomas Parkerson, Stan Bennett, and Kirk Catron.  Photograph taken in East Conference Room of United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

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Judge Siskin spoke to a pack of local Cub Scouts about the Court system.

- Courtroom Assignments for Judges -

The Trial Judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District hold Court in the following courtrooms:

Judge J. Mark Rogers Room 210
Chancellor Howard W. Wilson Room 306
Judge Royce Taylor Room 411
Judge David Bragg Room 419
Judge M. Keith Siskin Room 507

Please Note: The Circuit Judges regularly hear Chancery cases by interchange, and the Chancellor regularly hears Circuit cases by interchange.  Occasionally, the Judges swap courtrooms depending upon the size of their dockets.  Please check with the Clerk's Office [Chancery - (615) 898-7860; Circuit Civil - (615) 898-7820; Circuit Criminal - (615) 898-7812] to make sure you know where to go for your hearing!

For the latest docketing announcements and news from the Court: @TNCourt16JD

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