Juvenile Court 

The Bristol Juvenile Court is established under Chapter 10 of the City Charter.  The Court has authority to hear matters concerning children under 18 years of age residing within the City of Bristol, Tennessee and children under 18 years of age that commit violations of law within the City.  The Juvenile Court Judge hears cases pertaining to child abuse and neglect; unruly behavior, which includes truancy and curfew violations; delinquency; child support; parentage; traffic; visitation; termination of parental rights; and some cases involving adults such as contributing to the unruly or delinquent behavior of minors.
 

Services provided by the Juvenile Court include, but are not limited to, counseling, probation supervision, alcohol and drug education classes, Better Choices Program, Teen Court, adolescent activity groups, Attendance Review Committee, Youth Driving School, and Foster Care Review Boards.
 

The Juvenile Court Judge is elected for an eight-year term of office.  Judge Randy M. Kennedy currently serves in the position.  Judge Kennedy was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee.  He attended Bristol, Tennessee High School and East Tennessee State University.  The Judge graduated college in 1976 with a B.S. degree and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.  He was then accepted to Memphis State University's law school program where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi fraternity and graduated with his J.D. in 1979.  Judge Kennedy was admitted in 1979 to practice law in all Tennessee State Courts and was also admitted to the United States Federal District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  He is member of both Bristol and Tennessee Bar Associations.  Judge Kennedy is presently Board Counsel for the Bristol Tennessee-Virginia Association of Realtors and Chairman of the Sullivan County Health, Educational and Housing Facilities Board.  In the past, he has also served as Bristol Tennessee Bar Association President and Treasurer; President of Theater Bristol Board of Directors; Coach, Judge and Scorer for area High School Students' Mock Trial Competitions; and has spoken at Career Days for both Vance Middle and Tennessee High Schools.
 

In 2010, Judge Kennedy was unanimously appointed by City Council as the City of Bristol, Tennessee Juvenile Court Judge and then elected in May 2011.  An elected Juvenile Court Clerk supports the Court and is elected for a four-year term of office.  Ms. Gay Hillman has served as the Juvenile Court Clerk since 1995.  Staff is managed by Marjorie Miller, Youth Services Manager.
 

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
 

Officer hours on Wednesday are 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Court is held during the afternoon.
 

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104 8th Street

Municipal Annex
Bristol, Tennessee
37620
423-989-5553

       Judge Randy Kennedy
       Juvenile Court Judge
email: rkennedy@bristoltn.org


          
104 8th Street
Municipal Annex
Bristol, Tennessee
37620
423-989-5553

       Marjorie Miller
     Juvenile Court Manager
  email:  mmiller@bristoltn.org