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Nashville-Davidson Co Circuit Court Judge Div VII

Circuit Courts are courts of general jurisdiction in Tennessee. Among the types of cases heard by the Circuit Courts in Davidson County are contract disputes, civil torts, condemnations, worker’s compensation claims, domestic matters and the administration of estates. Circuit court judges hear appeals of decisions from Juvenile, Municipal, and General Sessions Courts. The jurisdiction of circuit courts often overlaps that of the chancery courts. Criminal cases are tried in separate criminal courts in Davidson County.

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    Andra Hedrick
    (Dem)

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What will be your top priority if you are elected and how will you achieve that goal?

I'm running to be the next judge of Davidson County Probate Court. I'm the only candidate in the race who is dedicated full time to probate law and practice in probate court. I have 22 years of experience, and have made deep contributions to probate law both in and out of the courtroom. As a co-author of Pritchard on Wills and Administration of Estates, I literally wrote the book on Tennessee probate law which is used by judges and lawyers. I've also been active and in leadership positions on various probate related service committees for bar associations and the court. I am a Professor of Estate Planning at the Nashville School of Law, teach other lawyers at probate law seminars, and have served as an expert witness in probate court.
Davidson County Probate Court is a high volume court, and the busiest of its kind in Tennessee. Currently there is a serious backlog of cases, and long wait times to get a hearing even for uncontested matters. This is a problem for families that have experienced the death of a loved one, and need access to the court's services in a timely manner so that they can collect assets, pay debts and expenses, and otherwise go about the business of administering their loved one's estate in the manner that the law requires. Sometimes - and more often that not - the situation cannot wait three months. We must put measures in place to process cases more efficiently and reduce wait times for those who need the services of the probate court.
My top priority will be to make the services of the probate court more easily accessible to everyone who needs them. To achieve that goal, we will allow both of the court's special masters to hear the more routine and uncontested cases (currently only one hears cases). That takes those cases off of the probate judge's docket and frees up space for the probate judge to hear the more complicated and contested matters in a timely manner. In addition, I will embrace and encourage the use of video conference technology (Zoom) in the courtroom for lawyers and litigants who wish to use it. This will be a great convenience and a much more cost effective option for workers, parents, caregivers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.