Statement from Sen. Brian Kelsey, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Regarding the Tennessee Trial Courts Judicial Weighted Caseload Study

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – “We are shrinking government in Tennessee, not expanding it,” said Senator Kelsey.  “Judges must keep this in mind in making recommendations to the legislature. While the caseload study may prove useful in the allocation of judges, any recommendations for increased funding will be difficult in a tight budget year.” 

“The judicial workload is actually decreasing in two significant areas. All workers’ compensation reform cases were removed from the judiciary in a bill signed by Governor Haslam this April, and from 2005 through 2012, medical malpractice case filings were down 42 percent.” 

“The numbers regarding Shelby County do not fairly reflect the probate case filings that our county is choosing to fund on its own. That factor needs to be considered as we look at recommendations for Shelby County,” he concluded. 

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