Audit Critical of Metro Nashville's Juvenile Court and Clerk's Office
The National Center for State Courts and Matrix Consulting Group released a report yesterday that was critical of Metro Nashville's Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Clerk's Office. The biggest problems relate to missing or incomplete files, which can delay hearings.
Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver says his efforts to address the problem have been hampered by budget cuts. For example, Lineweaver has requested a bar code system to help track court records, but that request has been denied. Lineweaver also says that some referees fail to return court files after hearings.
This appears to be another situation in which a little investment in our court system could save litigants a great deal of time and money.
For more information, see the following stories in the Tennessean:
Metro Juvenile Court's office in disarray, audit reports
Lost files, communication woes hinder Juvenile Court, audit says