Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today appointed Darrell L. Scarlett of Murfreesboro as Circuit Court judge for the 16th Judicial District, which serves Rutherford and Cannon counties. The appointment fills a new trial court judgeship established this year by the Tennessee General Assembly.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Darrell Scarlett’s experience in the 16th Judicial District,” Governor Haslam said. “That experience prepares him well to serve in this newly created position.”
Scarlett has practiced law for 30 years in Middle Tennessee, most recently with the firm of Catron & Scarlett. He has focused on litigation regarding domestic relations and has served frequently as mediator in domestic relations cases. His recent practice has also involved business, personal injury, estate and real estate litigation.
“I greatly appreciate the confidence Governor Haslam has shown in me,” Scarlett said. “I look forward to serving the people of the 16th Judicial District, and I will do my best to uphold the faith placed in me by Governor Haslam.”
Scarlett practiced at Murfree, Cope & Moore from 1988-2009. In 2009, he began practicing with Bennett & Scarlett, which became Catron & Scarlett this January.
Scarlett has tried numerous jury and bench trials in both civil and criminal courts in Rutherford County and surrounding counties. He has argued many cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and administrative bodies. Scarlett has also served as special judge in General Sessions and Juvenile courts in both Rutherford and Cannon counties.
Scarlett received his law degree from Samford University in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech University in 1984. He is married to Becky Scarlett, and he has a daughter, Savannah.