Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley announced Friday he will run for re-election.
“For the past 20 years, I have dedicated my life to making sure that everyone who entered the Circuit Courts of Warren and Van Buren counties was treated with respect and dignity. People deserve to have their cases heard in a timely fashion, and I have made sure this was done. It is my privilege to serve as the Circuit Court Judge for the 31st District, and I intend to continue to make the citizens of these two counties proud to have me as their judge,” Stanley said.
The Circuit Court manages both civil and criminal cases and all jury trials. Stanley also serves as Chancellor for the 31st Judicial District. Chancery courts are trial courts of general authority in Tennessee that share jurisdiction with the circuit courts.
The McMinnville native began the Adult Recovery Court in 2004, two years after he was initially elected and had completed training on addiction, mental health issues, and co-occurring disorders. In 2017, he started the local TN ROCS – Tennessee Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy – program.
In describing the treatment programs, Stanley said, “People involved in the use of methamphetamine had a recidivism rate of approximately 95%. For participants who graduate the 18-month Adult Recovery Program, the recidivism rate is reduced to approximately 35%. The TN ROCS program identifies people in the criminal court system, especially young people, and gives them the help they need to get to the place where they can live a normal life without coming back into the criminal justice system.”
Stanley is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow. He was selected as one of three finalists for the Court of Criminal Appeals by the Judicial Committee and sat as Special Justice with the Court of Appeals. Stanley also sat with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder on the Supreme Court Workers Compensation Panel.
“I have presided over thousands of cases and hundreds of jury trials. Being a trial judge is not for everyone. We have to make life-changing decisions on a daily basis. It requires patience, fairness, and a strong work ethic. Your personal feelings must always be put aside so that your decisions are based solely on the facts and the law,” Stanley concluded.
Stanley has been a member of the McMinnville Rotary Club since 1996. He received the McMinnville Jaycees Man of the Year Award in 2009. Stanley is a graduate of Warren County High School, where he is an Interact Club sponsor. He received his undergraduate degree from David Lipscomb University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis.
Stanley and his wife, Trenena, have two children and two stepchildren.