High court offers break for soggy litigants

State Supremes respond to flood by extending deadlines for filings due in Metro courts last week

Tennessee's Supreme Court today ruled that anyone who was supposed to get something filed in a Davidson County court last week now has another month to do so.

Granting a request from Mark Fishburn, presiding judge of the 20th judicial district, the court activated a "limited disaster plan" for the district, which consists of Metro Nashville only.

All courts in Nashville were closed from Monday through Wednesday of last week in the aftermath of the flood. The Davidson County Juvenile Court building, next to LP Field, was badly damaged, forcing that court to move to a temporary location.

The order provides a thirty-day extension of the "mandatory deadlines of the Tennessee Rules of Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Procedure and the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, and any other applicable local court rules." It applies to any document that was due to be filed between May 3 and May 7.

Whether the court will offer similar relief covering other Middle Tennessee judicial districts could not be immediately determined.