In 2006, the Smyrna Town Court transitioned from a part-time municipal court to a full time court with both municipal and general sessions’ jurisdiction. In September 2014, Judge Lynn Alexander took office as presiding judge
Today the court hears cases ranging from codes violations and traffic violations to all misdemeanor criminal offenses that occur within our city limits.
“The role of the court is to ensure fairness and justice to all those who come before it”, said Judge Alexander, “however, we are also a department within our town government and we must ensure we operate in an efficient manner. In seeking to ensure this efficiency, we are constantly creating new and more effective ways to serve our citizens. In January 2015, the court will begin to hear juvenile traffic violations. This will allow our teenagers and their parents to come to court in Smyrna rather than having to travel to Murfreesboro. During this time the Court will also start a new domestic violence docket. The goal is to hear domestic cases sooner and in a less distracting environment. These are sensitive cases and the Court wants to ensure all parties know they have the Court’s undivided attention. ”
Prior to her election, Judge Alexander was an administrative judge for 13 years with the State of Tennessee. A proud alumnus of MTSU and the Nashville School of Law, she is also a faculty instructor at the Nashville School of Law. As an administrative judge, Alexander presided over hundreds of cases for over 70 state agencies as well as local governments such as the City of Nashville and the City of Chattanooga. She is also a dual trained civil and family mediator. On the local level she is involved with local civic organizations such as the Smyrna Lions Club, Smyrna Independent Merchant’s Association (SIMA), Read to Succeed and a board member of the Snyder Foundation.