Music City Community Court

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     The General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) was founded by Judge Rachel L. Bell in 2012.  Since its inception, the court has piloted several community initiatives focused on preventive and diversionary justice focused on the concept, that “Justice does not stop at the courthouse steps” and charged to all it can do to help break the playground (school) to prison pipeline and restore/rehabilitate lives.



Monday, January 20, 2020- MLK Day at 1:30 pm- Courtroom Dedication, Open House & Tour

Location:
Bordeaux North Community Justice Center, Rm 23 at The McGruder CenterMusic City Community Court, Judge Rachel L. Bell- Founder & Presiding Judge2013 25th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208

Please register on Eventbrite, Registration will open on Friday, November 22, 2019


Saturday, January 18, 2020- MLK Weekend- 8:00- 2:30 pm ** Registration is required

Saturday Community Service Work Return Docket

Location: Bordeaux North Community Justice Center, Rm 23 at The McGruder CenterMusic City Community Court, Judge Rachel L. Bell- Founder & Presiding Judge2013 25th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208 Pre- Registration IS Required- NO WALK INS!!

Please register at: https://gscourt.nashville.gov/about-us/judges/division-viii-judge-rachel-l-bell/community-service-work/


Expungement Clinic, Indigency Docket & Resource Fair Location: Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club916 16th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208Pre- Registration IS Required- NO WALK INS!!

Please register at: https://gscourt.nashville.gov/about-us/judges/division-viii-judge-rachel-l-bell/


WKRN-Channel 2- December 6, 2019– Newsmaker: Community Court Restores Freedom

https://www.wkrn.com/news/newsmaker-community-court-restores-freedom/


Fox 17 News (WZTV)- Thursday, November 21, 2019– Community Court working to change the game in most incarcerated zip code in the country

https://fox17.com/news/local/community-court-working-to-change-the-game-in-most-incarcerated-zip-code-in-country


Pride Publishing Group- Thursday, November 21, 2019– Judge Rachel L. Bell creates Bordeaux North Community Justice Center

Judge Rachel L. Bell creates Bordeaux North Community Justice Center


Tennessee Bar Association- Tuesday, November 19, 2019– Community Justice Center to Open in North Nashville

https://www.tba.org/news/community-justice-center-to-open-in-north-nashville


Nashville Public Radio (WPLN)- Monday, November 18, 2019-A New Community Justice Center Brings A Different Kind of Courtroom To North Nashville

https://wpln.org/page/3/


37208 Focus Groups and E3-Series Viewing & Criminal Justice Forum Panel Discussion Saturday, November 16, 2019- Register on Eventbrite. Please register by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/80377175295


Soft Launch for the C.A.R.E. Diversionary Court and the Bordeaux North Community Justice Center, Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 10:00 A.M.


November 12, 2019 – Press Release – EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, INDIGENCY DOCKET & RESOURCE FAIR, Saturday, December 14, 2019 to be hosted by Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church at the Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club located at 916 16th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208. Check-In 9:00 – 9:30 AM, Clinic Docket: 10:15 AM – 1:00 PM, Indigency Docket*10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (*Must be interviewed and given court date by Criminal Court Clerk Compliance Division) – NO Walk-Ins Please!! LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!!


Press Release- November 8, 2019The General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) has found a home and designated space in Zip Code 37208.


September 5, 2019 – Press ReleaseGeneral Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) with Judge Rachel L. Bell presents:
Community Beautification Day!! Landscaping & Litter Pick – up
In Partnership with Steering Clear, the McGruder Family Resource Center, and the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, October 5, 2019 Check – in Time: 8:00- 8:30 AM, CSW Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00PM (4Hours CSW Credit) Location: 2013 25th Ave. N. Nashville, TN 37208.

To register, please email us at GSC8CSW@jis.nashville.org


August 27, 2019 – Press ReleaseJudge Rachel’s 7 Year Snap Shot, “Ringing the Bell for Justice!!”


August 23, 2019- Judge Rachel L. Bell and the General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) host an Expungement Clinic, Indigency Docket & Resource Fair with Criminal Court Clerk, Howard Gentry at New Covenant Christian Church, Disciples of Christ- Annual Community Day, Saturday, August 17, 2019.


August 22, 2019Judge Rachel L. Bell wins the 2019-Nashville Power Moves Award for Community Advocacy!


August 30, 2019Press ReleaseEXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, INDIGENCY DOCKET & RESOURCE FAIR
Saturday, October 26th , 2019 to be hosted at Gordon Memorial UMC – National Prison Summit located at 2334 Herman St. Nashville, TN 37208. Check – In 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Clinic Docket: 10:15 AM – 1:00 PM, Indigency Docket*: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (*Must be interviewed and given court date by Criminal Court Clerk Compliance Division) – NO Walk-Ins Please!! LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!!


May 30, 2019 – Press ReleaseGeneral Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) with Judge Rachel L. Bell presents:
Community Beautification Day!! Landscaping, Litter Pick – up, & Painting MLK Bridge
In Partnership with the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce Committee Chairs: Stacey Diltz Thomas & Patricia Clayton Bailey
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Check – in Time: 8:00 AM. Location: MNPD North Precinct, 223126th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208


 

May 16, 2019– Center for Court Innovation announces General Sessions Music City Community Court selected to receive the 2018 Community Court Grant. Following a national solicitation, the Center has selected five jurisdictions to receive funding and technical assistance, and named four new mentor community courts.

https://www.courtinnovation.org/community-court-grant-program


May 7, 2019Press ReleaseEXPUNGEMENT CLINIC & RESOURCE FAIR, Saturday, June 15, 2019 to be hosted at The Village Church located at Fifty Forward in Madison, TN. Address, 301 Madison Street, Madison, TN 37115. Check – In begins at 9:00 a.m. – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!!!


March 6, 2019Press ReleaseEXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, April 27, 2019 to be hosted by The Salvation Army located at 611 Stockell St. Nashville, TN 37207. The event will be held at the Magness-Potter Community Center (Salvation Army’s Red Shield East Campus). Check- In begins at 9:00 a.m. – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!!!


February 15, 2019 Press Release- Judge Rachel Bell releases The 2019 General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII- Expungement Clinic & Resource Fair Schedule in partnership with Howard Gentry, Criminal Court Clerk and Community Partners


January 9, 2019EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, February 23, 2019 to be hosted by Napier Community Center at 9:00 a.m. – 73 Fairfield Ave. Nashville, TN 37210 – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!!!


Press Release, January 8, 2019- General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8), Job Posting for Program Manager/Program Director with Judge Rachel L. Bell

Judge Rachel L. Bell
General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8)

Program Manager/Director- Job Posting

Posting- Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Expires- Friday, January 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Please refrain from emailing or calling Judge Rachel L. Bell directly.

All interested applicants must submit an application for consideration through Metro HR with Government Jobs.

Please click the link below for more information.

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nashville/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=2313218


December 15,2018EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, December 15, 2018 to be hosted at Andrew Jackson Boys & Girls Club 916 16th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. Limited to the first 100 registered. NO Walk-Ins!


October 28, 2018Radio Station 92.3-WNPC- The Best Country Ever!! shares Judge Rachel L. Bell’s new Diversionary Court named C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration and Empowerment)


October 24, 2018 –Federal Funding Will Establish New Community Court Diversionary Program with Judge Rachel L. Bell and the General Sessions Music City Community Court


October 19, 2018 –Judge Rachel L. Bell launches Diversionary Court named C.A.R.E. for ages 18-26, Part 1 of 3


October 4, 2018 – Press Release, Exciting News!! General Sessions Music City Community Court receives grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to Implement a Community Court diversionary program called C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration & Empowerment) to serve offenders aged 18-26


September 15, 2018 Press Release, Expungement Clinic with the National Prison Summit to be hosted on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Cathedral of Praise, 4300 Clarksville Highway, Nashville, TN 37218. Limited to the first 100 registered.


September 3, 2018The International Association of LGBT Judges celebrates Judge Rachel L. Bell reaching a milestone and coming out!!


July 23, 2018 EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, August 18, 2018 to be hosted by New Covenant Christian Church AT 9:00 a.m. – 2201 Osage St, Nashville, TN 37208.
LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!!


June 22, 2018Press Release- EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, July 21, 2018 to be hosted by Centerstone at Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 9:00 a.m. – 937 Herman Street Nashville, TN 37208 – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!! — To register, please click here…


May 17, 2018Press Release- Expungement Clinic, Saturday, June 9, 2018 to be hosted at The Village Church located at Fifty Forward in Madison, TN, address- 301 Madison Street, Madison, TN 37115. Limited to the first 100 registered.


April 12, 2018 – Press Release- EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday May 12, 2018 to be hosted at Salvation Army at 9:00 a.m.- 611 Stockell Street, Nashville, TN 37207- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS !!!


February 26, 2018Hillsboro High School PTSO invites alumni, Judge Rachel L. Bell (Class of 96’) to be the Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural Alumni Pancake Breakfast


November 30, 2017 Judge Rachel announces the C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration and Empowerment) partnership launch with the Urban League of Middle TN.


September 14, 2017 Judge Rachel to attend the Nashville Good Neighbor Celebration Day on September 30, 2017.


July 27, 2017 Judge Rachel and the Bordeaux North Nashville Literacy Partnership host Book Fiesta Ceremony for R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) at MNPS, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School.


July 24, 2017 Judge Rachel congratulates R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) students during Book Fiesta ceremony with 18th Ave. Family Enrichment Center.


July 14, 2017 –  Judge Rachel shares her LGBT story and is featured on the front cover of FOCUS magazine for Middle TN and its allies.


July 13, 2017 Judge Rachel host the Government Module from the General Sessions Music City Community Court FUTURE Internship Summer program for the Dr. Katherine Y. Brown Leadership Academy’s International Cohort.


June 9, 2017 Judge Rachel makes history as Nashville, Davidson County, TN, first openly gay judge by marrying Dr. Dorsha N. James.


June 3,2017 Judge Rachel got married and became the first openly gay elected Judge in Nashville, TN.


February 28, 2017 – Press Release- G.S. Music City Community Court- Saturday-Pro Se Indigence Docket & Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, March 4, 2017 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church- Antioch Location, 2261 Murfreesboro Rd. Nashville, TN 37217- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 REGISTRANTS!!


February 16, 2017 Judge Rachel facilitates the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce Black History month annual meeting.


February 9, 2017 Judge Rachel and community activist Carla Hudson organize a conversation about the 13th Amendment and the Criminal Justice System.


January 26, 2017 Judge Rachel to moderate a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice panel for the public about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment.


November 4, 2016 – Press Release–  G.S. Music City Community Court- Pro se Indigency Docket &  Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church, 916 16th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208


November 2, 2016 Judge Rachel L. Bell and the G.S. Music City Community Court featured in the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Today Newsletter October 6, 2016 – Justice Reform Saturday Community Dockets & Justice Right on the Spot– Judge Rachel L. Bell


October 6, 2016 Justice Reform Saturday Community Dockets & Justice Right on the Spot- Judge Rachel L. Bell


October 1st, 2016 – Press Release – G.S. MUSIC CITY COMMUNITY COURT, Division VIII EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC & PRO SE INDIGENCY DOCKET with Judge Rachel L. Bell & Community Partners at Watson Grove- 1415 Horton Ave., Nashville, TN 37212


September 29, 2016Watson Grove MBC holds Community Praise Picnic and Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell


August 15, 2016 – Press ReleaseGeneral Sessions Court Featured by the Tennessee Administrative Office of Courts for success of Community Court Clinic that served over 250 at Expungement Clinic


August 10, 2016 – Press ReleaseDavidson County General Sessions Expungement Clinic Brings Court to the Community with Judge Rachel L. Bell


June 30, 2016 Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Diversity Lawyer Institute (DLI) members participate in successful Expungement clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell


June 5, 2016 June 10th Freedom Fair & Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell with The Village Church at Fifty Forward, Madison Location on June 18, 2016


April 18, 2016 – Press ReleaseThe General Sessions Court Presiding Judge Rachel L. Bell to teach Alive at 25 Driver’s Education Class to MNPS High School Seniors at Whites Creek High School


May 24, 2013 – Press Release –  Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Rachel L. Bell is sponsoring a Bordeaux Community Beautification and Cleanup Planning Meeting for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm at Metro’s North Police Precinct 2231 26th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208.e first 100 registered.


September 3, 2018The International Association of LGBT Judges celebrates Judge Rachel L. Bell reaching a milestone and coming out!!


July 23, 2018 EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, August 18, 2018 to be hosted by New Covenant Christian Church AT 9:00 a.m. – 2201 Osage St, Nashville, TN 37208.
LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!!


June 22, 2018Press Release- EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday, July 21, 2018 to be hosted by Centerstone at Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 9:00 a.m. – 937 Herman Street Nashville, TN 37208 – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS!! NO WALKINS!! — To register, please click here…


May 17, 2018Press Release- Expungement Clinic, Saturday, June 9, 2018 to be hosted at The Village Church located at Fifty Forward in Madison, TN, address- 301 Madison Street, Madison, TN 37115. Limited to the first 100 registered.


April 12, 2018 – Press Release- EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday May 12, 2018 to be hosted at Salvation Army at 9:00 a.m.- 611 Stockell Street, Nashville, TN 37207- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS !!!


February 26, 2018Hillsboro High School PTSO invites alumni, Judge Rachel L. Bell (Class of 96’) to be the Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural Alumni Pancake Breakfast


November 30, 2017 Judge Rachel announces the C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration and Empowerment) partnership launch with the Urban League of Middle TN.


September 14, 2017 Judge Rachel to attend the Nashville Good Neighbor Celebration Day on September 30, 2017.


July 27, 2017 Judge Rachel and the Bordeaux North Nashville Literacy Partnership host Book Fiesta Ceremony for R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) at MNPS, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School.


July 24, 2017 Judge Rachel congratulates R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) students during Book Fiesta ceremony with 18th Ave. Family Enrichment Center.


July 14, 2017 –  Judge Rachel shares her LGBT story and is featured on the front cover of FOCUS magazine for Middle TN and its allies.


July 13, 2017 Judge Rachel host the Government Module from the General Sessions Music City Community Court FUTURE Internship Summer program for the Dr. Katherine Y. Brown Leadership Academy’s International Cohort.


June 9, 2017 Judge Rachel makes history as Nashville, Davidson County, TN, first openly gay judge by marrying Dr. Dorsha N. James.


June 3,2017 Judge Rachel got married and became the first openly gay elected Judge in Nashville, TN.


February 28, 2017 – Press Release- G.S. Music City Community Court- Saturday-Pro Se Indigence Docket & Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, March 4, 2017 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church- Antioch Location, 2261 Murfreesboro Rd. Nashville, TN 37217- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 REGISTRANTS!!


February 16, 2017 Judge Rachel facilitates the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce Black History month annual meeting.


February 9, 2017 Judge Rachel and community activist Carla Hudson organize a conversation about the 13th Amendment and the Criminal Justice System.


January 26, 2017 Judge Rachel to moderate a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice panel for the public about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment.


November 4, 2016– Press Release-  G.S. Music City Community Court- Pro se Indigency Docket &  Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church, 916 16thAve. N., Nashville, TN 37208


November 2, 2016Judge Rachel L. Bell and the G.S. Music City Community Court featured in the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Today Newsletter


October 6, 2016 Justice Reform Saturday Community Dockets & Justice Right on the Spot- Judge Rachel L. Bell


October 1st, 2016 – Press Release – G.S. MUSIC CITY COMMUNITY COURT, Division VIII EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC & PRO SE INDIGENCYDOCKET with Judge Rachel L. Bell & Community Partners at Watson Grove- 1415 Horton Ave., Nashville, TN 37212


September 29, 2016Watson Grove MBC holds Community Praise Picnic and Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell


August 15, 2016 – Press ReleaseGeneral Sessions Court Featured by the Tennessee Administrative Office of Courts for success of Community Court Clinic that served over 250 at Expungement Clinic


August 10, 2016 – Press ReleaseDavidson County General Sessions Expungement Clinic Brings Court to the Community with Judge Rachel L. Bell


June 30, 2016 Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Diversity Lawyer Institute (DLI) members participate in successful Expungement clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell


June 5, 2016 Juneteenth Freedom Fair & Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell with The Village Church at Fifty Forward, Madison Location on June 18, 2016


April 18, 2016 – Press ReleaseThe General Sessions Court Presiding Judge Rachel L. Bell to teach Alive at 25 Driver’s Education Class to MNPS High School Seniors at Whites Creek High School


May 24, 2013 – Press Release –  Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Rachel L. Bell is sponsoring a Bordeaux Community Beautification and Cleanup Planning Meeting for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm at Metro’s North Police Precinct 2231 26th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208.