The legal process is glacial as I await preparation of a court record to represent 6.8 million Tennesseans an the appellate panel in Knoxville.
I spoke Monday with clerk Sally Reid, who has been charged by chancery court Judge Pamela Fleenor with assembling a 5-inch thick file of the case state of Tennessee ex rel Tulis vs. Bill Lee, governor, et al.
Her deadline is Monday. That date comes from the tolling of a 45-day period from the date of the last item put into the record. That is a hearing transcript by the Sheila Wilson reporting agency. That item was filed May 6, and 45 days after that is Sunday, June 20.
Mrs. Reids’s goal is to get it out by Thursday, depending on her daily workload. “I am working diligently to get it done.” She says there is nothing I can do to help her.
The record goes up in hard copy, and is not digitized by chancery.
Mrs Reid said that project is very time consuming and that she has already spent 4 days working to mark and assemble the record. It is being sent physically to the Court of Appeals in Knoxville, and is not being digitised.
“That’s with any court — the clerk that takes care of the appeal. It’s a tremendous amount of work on the clerk, and it’s just time consuming. There’s copying. Then you have to back and date stamp every page, there’s just a process. I’m working on it and trying to get it done. I’ve got the main stuff finished. *** The court of appeals has a lot of regulations and requirements on us for preparing the record for thyme, That’s with any case.”
Time to fight