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TN Supreme Court Order No. ADM2020-00428

Legal Case

State: Tennessee

Effective: March 26, 2020


The Tennessee Supreme Court publishes an order related to the suspension of in-person court proceedings and encourages the use of remote online notarization during the COVID-19 state of emergency.


Tennessee courts, judges and attorneys who utilize notarial services.

  1. Encourages attorneys and judges to utilize the “Online Notary Public Act,” Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-16-301, et seq., and the regulations promulgated by the Secretary of State at Sec. of State, Tenn. R. and Reg. 1360-07-03-.01 in notarizing documents.
  2. Clarifies that with regard to court filings, declarations under penalty of perjury may be used as an alternative to a Notary.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing courts issue orders to keep the courts open and functioning at a time when shelter in place orders and social distancing rule have become commonplace. The Tennesse Supreme Court has issued an order encouraging judges and attorneys to use the state's Online Notary Public Act and rules to notarize documents during the pandemic.

Read Court Order ADM2020-00428.