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

Photo of Judge Siskin


The Administrative Judge for April 20-24 is Judge Bragg.

- Upcoming Dockets -

Monday 4/20:

9:00 AM: Rooker v. Rooker, Circuit No. 67336 (Conclusion of Trial)

Tuesday 4/21:

9:00 AM: Chancery Docket

Wednesday 4/22:

2:00 PM: In re: Bad Boys Bail Bonding Co.

Thursday 4/23:

9:00 AM: Circuit Docket

Friday 4/24:

9:00 AM: Circuit Motion Docket


- The Court and the Community -

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


- Legal News -

Tennessee Supreme Court Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to Rule Regarding Media Coverage in Courtrooms :

The Tennessee Supreme Court, recognizing that technological advances have changed the way journalists provide coverage of courtrooms, is seeking comments from the public regarding proposed changes to Supreme Court Rule 30.

The rule, which the Court adopted in 1995, provides instructions to the media regarding permission to have certain equipment in the courtroom, such as cameras and recording devices. The proposed revisions would add electronic devices, such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops to the tools permitted by journalists.

“Transparency of court proceedings is an important part of maintaining an open government,” said Chief Justice Sharon Lee. “These proposed changes embrace the tools used by the media to keep the public informed about what’s happening in our court system.”  Chief Justice Lee added that reporters are already routinely using electronic devices to transmit descriptions of court proceedings through social media, websites, and other methods.

With a few exceptions for certain cases, journalists are allowed to observe and take handwritten written notes of all court proceedings. The rule requires media outlets to obtain permission prior to any camera or other digital coverage of courtroom proceedings. The judge in a case must hold a hearing if there is any opposition to coverage employing additional equipment, or if the judge feels the additional coverage would have an adverse effect on the proceedings.

Read the Court’s order, the rule, and the proposed changes. The deadline for comments is May 12.


- 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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