Night Court

Magistrate Bruce Kessler, Presiding

Magistrate Bruce Kessler, Presiding


Night Court Address


Physical Address:
Metropolitan Government Criminal Justice Center Annex
512 1st Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

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The judicial magistrates– each possessing the qualifications of a judge– perform as the principal committing magistrate in the adult criminal justice system for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County.

The judicial magistrates work rotating shifts and this service operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The principal job responsibilities include the following:

  • Conduct probable cause hearings to determine if a criminal warrant should be issued and set an appropriate bail bond.
  • Issue ex parte orders of protection, as well as citations for violations of such orders
  • Determine probable cause for judicial committals from county psychiatric facilities
  • Each magistrate is appointed by the court for a one-year term that dictates seven-day work weeks and alternating eight-hour work shifts.

The judicial magistrates are: Evan Harris, Steve Holzapfel, Bruce Kessler, John Manson, Carolyn Piphus, Eugenia Grayer, Chris Hofstetter, Daniel Masten, Marie Stacey, Sheila Stevenson, Jeffery Daigle, Edward Hastings, Chelsea Nicholson and Harry Weddle.