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



Legal News

New Rule Allows Waiver of Court Hearing in Most Irreconcilable Differences Divorces with Children in Rutherford County:

The Trial Judges of the Sixteenth Judicial District have issued an Administrative Order allowing parties to obtain Irreconcilable Differences divorces in most cases involving minor children via Affidavit instead of personally appearing before the Court.  For additional information, please contact the Rutherford County Divorce Coordinator, Judy Reed, at (615) 848-5133.

Justice Gary R. Wade Announces Retirement from Tennessee Supreme Court :

Justice Gary R. Wade has announced that he plans to retire from the Tennessee Supreme Court in September.  Justice Wade has served on the State's High Court since 2006, and has been a member of the Tennessee Judiciary for the last 28 years.  For more information, please visit the Administrative Office of the Courts website.    

Justice Gary R. Wade


Clerk & Master of Cannon County Launches Official Facebook Page:

Nathan Nichols, Clerk & Master of the Cannon County Chancery Court, has launched a new Facebook page, in order to provide the citizens of Cannon County with improved access to the services offered by his office.


Clerk & Master Nathan Nichols

Chief Justice Lee Stresses Importance of Gender Equality in Legal Profession:

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee has challenged the legal profession to set the standard for all professions and make gender equality a top priority. Chief Justice Lee’s remarks were made on May 12, 2015, at the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW) annual Supreme Court luncheon. Attended by the Supreme Court justices; local trial, appellate, and magistrate judges; local attorneys; law professors; and students, the event is an annual opportunity for members of the bench and bar to get to know both the Supreme Court justices and ETLAW.  In her speech, Chief Justice Lee cited statistics from the July 2014 American Bar Association publication, A Current Glance at Women in the Law. She noted that although women make up 47% of law students and 45% of private practice associates, only 17% of equity partners are women. Most concerning, she said, is that female attorneys make only 79% of what their male counterparts pull in. There is even an 11% pay gap between female and male equity partners in the nation’s 200 largest firms.  For more information about the Chief Justice's remarks, visit the Administrative Office of the Courts website.

New Case Assignments in Rutherford County:

Beginning October 7, 2014, Circuit Court, Division IV (Judge Royce Taylor) will hear criminal cases, and Circuit Court, Division III (Judge Keith Siskin) will hear civil cases.  The other three Trial Judges will continue to hear cases as previously assigned: Circuit Court, Division I (Judge Mark Rogers) will hear civil cases; Circuit Court, Division II (Judge David Bragg) will hear criminal cases; and Chancellor Howard Wilson will hear civil cases.  Orders of Protection will continue to be heard by all of the Trial Judges.

Judge Siskin elected Presiding Judge of 16th Judicial District:

Beginning September 1, 2014, Judge Keith Siskin will assume the role of Presiding Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial District.  Pursuant to T.C.A. Sec. 16-2-509, the Trial Judges of each Judicial District elect one member of the Judiciary to serve as Presiding Judge each year.  The Presiding Judge is responsible for assigning cases to the other Judges in the District, and for taking any actions necessary to correct any condition adversely affecting the administration of justice in the District.  The Sixteenth Judicial District includes Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

Judge Siskin sworn in for upcoming term:

On August 19, 2014, Judge Siskin took the oath of office for his upcoming term on the Circuit Court, which begins on September 1, 2014.  The oath was administered at the Cannon County Courthouse by Senior Judge Don Ash.

Pictured, from left to right, are Circuit Judges Keith Siskin, David Bragg, and Royce Taylor, and Senior Judge Don Ash.

Justice Sharon Lee elected Chief Justice of Tennesse Supreme Court:

Beginning September 1, 2014, Justice Sharon Lee will assume the role of Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Justice Lee won a retention election for an eight-year term on the Court in the August 7, 2014 statewide election.

Justice Sharon Lee

United States Supreme Court upholds validity of traffic stop based on anonymous tip in 911 call:

Navarette v. California

Filed April 22, 2014

Special Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Appellate Judge Election Process:

Hooker, et al. v. Haslam, et al.

Filed March 17, 2014

United States Supreme Court rules that police can lawfully search a residence without a warrant based on one occupant's consent, even when the other occupant objects to the search prior to being removed from the premises by the police.

Fernandez v. California

February 25, 2014

Tennessee Supreme Court reinstates DUI charges against man who passed field sobriety tests.

State v. Bell

February 20, 2014

Tennessee Court of Appeals refers attorney to Board of Professional Responsibility for "improper statements made in the attorney’s appellate brief about the trial judge."

Green v. Champs-Elysees

February 18, 2014

Tennessee Supreme Court reverses burglary conviction because defendant entered victim's residence with victim's "effective consent" prior to robbery.

State v. Pope

December 30, 2013

Tennessee Supreme Court rules that case filed by plaintiff against Wal-Mart store for failing to protect plaintiff from an intoxicated customer in the parking lot can proceed.

Cullum v. McCool

December 18, 2013

United States Supreme Court reaffirms authority of State Courts to decide questions of federal constitutional and statutory issues, holding that "there is no intrinsic reason why the fact that a man is a federal judge should make him more competent, or conscientious, or learned...than his neighbor in the state courthouse."

Burt v. Titlow

November 5, 2013

Chancellor not seeking re-election:

Robert E. Corlew, III, the longest-serving member of the Sixteenth Judicial District trial court bench, has announced that he is retiring at the end of his present term.  Chancellor Corlew gave Judge Siskin his start in Rutherford County, hiring him as law clerk in 1997.

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds state's Voter ID Act:

City of Memphis, et al. v. Hargett, et al.

October 17, 2013

Governor Haslam establishes Commission for judicial appointments:

Executive Order No. 34

October 16, 2013

Judge Siskin Attends Judicial Academy, September 30, 2013

Tennessee Supreme Court sends murder case back to Davidson County trial court due to juror's facebook messages to witness during trial:

State v. Smith, September 10, 2013

Tennessee Supreme Court places grandparents on equal footing with parents in proceedings to modify exisiting visitation Orders:

Lovelace v. Copley, September 6, 2013  

Tennessee Supreme Court rules post-conviction relief not available in contempt cases:

Baker v. State, September 6, 2013

United States Supreme Court holds that a suspect’s failure to answer police questions can be used against him at trial in some circumstances.
Salinas v. Texas, June 17, 2013

United States Supreme Court expands circumstances under which federal courts can review state court proceedings involving ineffective assistance of counsel claims.
Trevino v. Thaler, May 28, 2013


Andrew T. Lee v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed October 3, 2014

Brisbon v. State

Order Dismissing Post-Conviction Relief Petition

Filed June 5, 2014

Alexander v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed May 7, 2014

Constantino-Gonzalez v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed April 30, 2014

State v. George Mikita

Corrected Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact

Filed March 24, 2014

State v. Marcus Robey

Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact

Filed March 19, 2014

Gary Wayne Bush v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed March 18, 2014

Candance Carol Bush v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed March 18, 2014

Tamir Clark v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed March 5, 2014

State v. Mark Tracy Looney

Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact

Filed March 4, 2014

Jimmy Heard v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed November 12, 2013

Derrick Campbell v. State

Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief

Filed October 8, 2013

State v. Nicholas Phillips

Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact

Filed September 24, 2013

Randy Ray McFarlin v. State
Order Denying Post-Conviction Relief
Filed July 23, 2013

State v. Roy Smith
Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact
Filed July 10, 2013

State v. Zachary Hendrixson
Memorandum and Restitution Order
Filed June 21, 2013

State v. Darrius Cane
Sentencing Order and Findings of Fact
Filed April 1, 2013

State v. Jose Cruz Cortez
Order Denying Motion to Suppress
Filed December 13, 2012