2008-2009 Accomplishments of Court and ATJ Commission

2008

August:

Access to Justice Declared Strategic Priority: The Court declares access to justice (ATJ) will be its number one strategic priority in the coming years.

Cy Pres Award Clarification: The Court included an amendment to Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 23.08 in its 2009 Rules package to clarify that judges and parties to class actions may enter into settlement decrees providing for unclaimed class action funds to be paid to the Tennessee Voluntary Fund for Indigent Civil Representation, a fund that will provide additional funding for legal service providers around the state when the principle base reaches $1 million. The rules package was approved by the Legislature and became effective on July 1, 2009.