Shelby County Criminal Court dates rescheduled in response to coronavirus

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If you were scheduled to appear in Shelby County Criminal Court during the month of March, your court date has been rescheduled.

For defendants in custody, cases will be handled as usual, according to the district attorney general’s office. Those cases are the highest priority for the office.

There are no jury trials and the grand jury for Shelby County will not meet until further notice.

However, proceedings related to mental health cases will be held at the Memphis Mental Health Institute as usual.

For information about a civil court date visit the General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office website at or call (901) 222-3400.”

In response to the coronavirus, the Tennessee Supreme Court declared a state of emergency on Friday, suspending certain state and local court proceedings until after March 31.

On Monday, the Officer of the Clerk of Criminal Court released dates for those makeup days.

Those originally scheduled to appear on Monday, March 16, will now face a judge on Monday, April 20. Those scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, will now appear on Tuesday, April 21, and so on until the courts can get caught back up.

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