The plan for the June 2020 opening of in-person proceedings for the Lakeland, Tennessee, Municipal Court is as follows:
1. All persons entering the building for court will be asked to wear face covering (which the City may provide), spatially distance, and sign in prior to entering the building. Municipal personnel at the entry area are protected behind glass. In the event multiple cases are on the docket, defendant(s) will provide their cell number to the Clerk and will be called in from the parking lot when their case is ready to be heard. Any person who believes they are at risk due to the virus, are exhibiting any symptoms, or have been exposed to the virus within the previous 14 days should call the court clerk for a continuance to a future court date.
2. Entry to the courtroom will be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people in the courtroom at any time (excluding the judge, court clerk, and witness(es)). All persons will be asked to wear face covering while in the courtroom and spatially distance. Because court is held in the Lakeland Commission Chamber, more than adequate room is available for proper spatial distancing.
The 30th Judicial District (Shelby County) Plan, as well as the Lakeland Plan can be found at https://www.tncourts.gov/node/6042449
These plans will be updated as circumstances, or further order of the Tennessee Supreme Court, require.