Division 7 Preferences

HONORABLE MARY L. WAGNER



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MOTIONS

Motions shall be heard Friday mornings at 9:00 am.  These shall be set via the Clerk’s website.  Any motion that will take longer than 15 minutes to argue must be specially set.  Attorneys/parties may obtain a special setting by requesting a date through the division email (circuit.division7@shelbycountytn.gov).

Every motion must have a certificate of consultation pursuant to Shelby County Circuit Court Local Rule 5(H).   The motion will not be heard if there is no certificate of consultation.

Motions not in compliance with all Local Rules will be struck for that week.

All dispositive motions must be heard at least THIRTY DAYS before trial. Dispositive motions will NOT BE HEARD if the Court does not receive a courtesy copy of memoranda from each participating party within the time period required by the T.R.C.P. and local rules.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCES

Uncontested Divorces will be heard on Wednesdays at 9:00 am.   Uncontested divorces may be set via the Circuit Court Clerk’s website.

All required documents shall be submitted to the Divorce Referee and Courtroom Clerk at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.  Failure to submit all of the required documents will result in the matter being struck. 

Required documents include: 

  • Marital Dissolution Agreement,

  • Permanent Parenting Plan,

  • Final Decree of Divorce

  • copy of the Order of Default, if any,

  • filed stamped copies of Certificate of Attendance at the Parenting Education Seminar

  • Military Affidavit

  • Health Insurance Notice

  • Certificate of Divorce

  • Cost Sheet

STATUS CONFERENCES

A status conference will be held for all Non-Jury and Jury cases as scheduled by Judge Wagner.  Parties/attorneys may request a status conference by emailing the Division email. Appearance at the Status Conference is mandatory, unless excused by Judge Wagner.

 

TRIAL DATES

Pursuant to Rule 4(C)(3) of the Local Rules, attorneys or pro se litigants may contact the Courtroom Clerk via the division email to request a trial date, if agreed to by all parties.  If no agreement, a motion to set the matter for trial should be filed and set for hearing.

PRE-TRIAL CONFERECES

Pre-Trial Conferences will be scheduled on Health Care Liability, Product Liability, Wrongful Death case or any other case expected to last more than three days.  Parties/attorneys may request a Pre-Trial conference on any case.  All Pre-trial Conferences should be conducted at least two weeks before trial.  Attorneys/parties should timely contact the Courtroom Clerk to obtain a PTC date. 

DRESS CODE

Appropriate attire is mandatory for any appearance in court, whether as a participant in a case, a witness, or an observer.  Appropriate attire not only helps maintain decorum but shows respect for our laws and courts.

As a general rule, think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview. You will be barred from the courtroom if you violate the court dress code.

You will NOT be allowed to enter the courtroom wearing the following inappropriate clothing (this may result in default of your civil case):

  • Shorts

  • Hats, baseball caps, curlers

  • Halter, tube top, spaghetti straps, or low-cut top

  • T-shirt or muscle shirt

  • See-through clothing

  • Flip flops

  • Clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear

  • Ripped or torn jeans

  • Clothing with an emblem or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity

  • Clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity


 
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