CONNIE REGULI, ET AL.
SHARON GUFFEE, ET AL.
Session: November 17, 2015
from the Chancery Court for Williamson County No. 43198.
Joseph A. Woodruff, Chancellor
Reguli, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellants, Connie
Reguli, Elizabeth Harris, Roy Leon Matlock, Jr., Michael
Nalepka, and Debra McLauren.
M. Carson, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellees, Sharon
Guffee, and Brenda Hyden.
Neal McBrayer, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in
which Frank G. Clement, Jr., P.J., M.S., and Andy D. Bennett,
NEAL McBRAYER, JUDGE
Factual and Procedural Background
Connie Reguli is an attorney licensed to practice law in the
State of Tennessee. Specifically, she practices family law in
Middle Tennessee and has represented clients on matters in
the Juvenile Court of Williamson County. On May 27, 2014, Ms.
Reguli, representing herself, filed a complaint with the
Chancery Court of Williamson County. She named Juvenile Court
Clerk, Brenda Hyden ("Clerk Hyden"), and Juvenile
Court Judge, the Honorable Sharon E. Guffee ("Judge
Guffee") (collectively "Defendants"), as
complaint alleged Defendants wrongfully withheld video
recordings of juvenile court proceedings from Ms. Reguli and
several of her clients in the past and might do so again in
the future. According to the complaint, Judge Guffee denied
Ms. Reguli's request for such recordings under Rule 8 of
the Local Rules of Practice for Williamson County Juvenile
Court. Local Rule 8 states:
All proceedings shall be recorded by the Juvenile Court
Clerk. Audio/video recordings will be maintained by the Court
for a period of one (1) year. In the discretion of the Court,
copies of audio recordings may be released to attorneys of
record or court reporters. Any such party who desires to
obtain a copy of a recording shall submit a written request
to the Court, setting forth the reasons supporting the
party's need to review the recording.
Local Rule 8, Ms. Reguli claimed she was entitled to the
recordings under Tennessee Code Annotated § 37-1-153(a)
(2014), which provides:
Except in cases arising under § 37-1-146, all files and
records of the court in a proceeding under this part are open
to inspection only by:
(1)The judge, officers and professional staff of the court;
(2)The parties to the proceeding and their counsel and
(3)A public or private agency or institution providing
supervision or having custody of the child under order of the
(4)A court and its probation and other officials or
professional staff and the attorney for the defendant for use
in preparing a presentence report in a criminal case in which
the defendant is convicted and who prior thereto had ...