February 15, 2021
In August 2020, the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators announced to members the completion of a curriculum created under a grant by the State Justice Institute to the Tennessee Judiciary to develop a blueprint for the creation and implementation of business and commercial litigation courts. Noting that business cases are often complex and time-consuming, the Tennessee Judiciary revealed that removing these cases from the general docket expedited both business and non-business cases. Hoping to save other courts the time and resources required to create a business and commercial litigation court and encourage the development of such courts, the Tennessee Judiciary shared Business and Commercial Litigation Courts: Training Course Curriculum and Business and Commercial Litigation Courts: Course Curriculum Faculty Guide.
The course, consisting of two 45-minute sessions, walks courts interested in setting up a business and commercial litigation court through the following topics:
- Determining Whether a Court is Right for Your Jurisdiction
- Organization, Funding and Resources
- Geographic and Subject Matter Jurisdiction (Slides 38 – 43)
- Judicial Selection
- Creation of Business Court Rules
- Best Practices
- Business Court Operation
- Managing Complex Commercial Litigation
- Training for Judges
The focus of the program is to educate judges, court administrators, court staff, lawyers, and others about business courts.
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