Rule 2. Purpose and Construction

Rule 2. Purpose and Construction

These rules are intended to provide for the just determination of every criminal proceeding. They shall be construed to secure:

(a) simplicity in procedure;

(b) fairness in administration; and

(c) the elimination of:

(1) unjustifiable expense and delay; and

(2) unnecessary claims on the time of jurors.

Advisory Commission Comment.

This rule conforms to Rule 2 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and is a clear statement of the intention of the commission.

Subdivision (c)(2) is designed to stress that the efficient use of jurors’ time is a public interest that courts should consider in construing the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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