Tennessee Supreme Court announces business court project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced the creation of a new business court pilot project that aims to make complex commercial litigation more efficient.

The new pilot court will be located in Nashville and be overseen by Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle. Lyle, who has been a chancellor since 1995, has presided over numerous complex business and commercial disputes.

The project will focus on speeding up cases and developing a body of rulings that will make it easier for businesses and lawyers to predict outcomes in complex cases involving commercial interests.

More than half the states have business courts. Tennessee court officials say they can be an effective tool to attract and retain businesses.

The pilot court will begin taking cases in May.