BirdDog Law offers a large variety of free information to Tennessee lawyers and paralegals. Among the free resources are 95 databases, one for each Tennessee county, that share information about the operation of the court system in that county. Each database is set up in the same format for ease of use.
For example, click on the link for Williamson County. The opening page will give you population and demographic information for the county. The “Court Clerks and Related Information” has contact information for each court clerk, the clerks’ websites, the local rules of court, e-filing information, docket information, and filing fee information for all courts.
The “Judges” tab has biographical and contact information for all judges in the county.
The “Local Forms” tab will direct you to any forms created for use in the courts of Williamson County.
The “Court Statistics” tab will allow you to see trial court filings and dispositions in the county for the most recent year for which such data has been published. Also included in “Court Statistics” is information about tort trials and their outcomes in the county. A glance will let you see that fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 (the most recent year for which data is available) 281 tort cases were closed in Williamson County, 4 of which were tried. The plaintiff was awarded damages in 2 of the trials. Total damages awarded in those two trials was $1,525,128.
There is five years of publicly available data in the Williamson County database. In the five years ending June 30, 2021, 12 plaintiffs were awarded damages in the 24 tort trials in Williamson County. The total damages awarded in the twelve cases was $14,484,350. One verdict was a true outlier – a judgment for $12,597,163 to a doctor injured by an intoxicated driver and his mother, who was found at fault for negligently entrusting a vehicle to her son.
As indicated above, this information is available for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. To access these databases, go to BirdDogLaw.com, click on Free Resources, and then click on “Court and Other Information for Each of Tennessee’s 95 Counties.” Counties are listed in alphabetical order.