Judge & Staff

Judge Seth Norman

Criminal Court Division IV Judge

Judge Seth Norman

“There is something new in the courts of America. They have been taking a new look at how the criminal justice system handles drug offenders. With the press of drug cases on judicial dockets, judges have sought alternative means to expedite cases through the system. Although expedited case-management strategies and specialized drug courts helped process cases faster and allowed judges more time to deal with serious felony cases, drug offenders continued to reoffend and reappear before the judiciary, often in the same courtroom. From these beginnings, the new paradigm of dedicated drug treatment courts arose (Terry, 1999, p.1).”Quoted from W. Clinton Terry, III, Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Florida International University

 More About Judge Seth Norman, Criminal Court Division IV Judge

Judge Seth Norman is currently the Judge of Division IV Criminal Court and served as Presiding Judge of the 20th Judicial District for the years 1998 and 1999. Elected to the bench in 1990, Judge Norman was reelected without opposition in 1998, 2006 and again in 2014. He is a Korean War Veteran, having served 5 years in the U.S. Air Force. Judge Norman received his J.D. Degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1962. He practiced law in Nashville for 28 years in the law office of Jack Norman, Sr., and served as member of the General Assembly, the State Democratic Executive Committee and as a Delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Judge Norman is the Founder and Presiding Judge of the Davidson County Drug Court, and the Founder and former Chairman of the Nashville Drug Court Support Foundation, Inc.

In 2006, he was appointed by the US Secretary of Education as a member of the Advisory Committee for Safe and Drug Free Schools in Washington DC. Judge Norman is the recipient of several awards related to addiction and recovery including: 2009 – Tennessee Medical Association “Community Service Award”; 2008 – National Association of Drug Court Professionals “Media Award”; 2004 – NAMI “Ambassador of Hope Award”; 2003 – Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals “Pioneer of Tennessee Drug Courts”; and 2001 – Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee “Paul Mulloy, Jr. Award”.

Judge Norman has worked with and assisted the National Judicial College, the Tennessee Bar Journal, the Nashville Bar Journal, and TADDAS in writing articles on substance abuse disorder treatment and criminal justice issues. Judge Norman and DC4 have been highlighted in various editions of the above listed publications as well as the 2004 President’s Drug Control Strategy, Newsweek Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Tennessean, Nashville Scene, and other local periodicals.

In addition to the above mentioned contributions, Judge Norman serves on the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and serves as Drug Court Judge on the 13th Judicial District Regional Drug Court Team and also serves as the Drug Court Judge for the 9th Judicial District, Morgan County Residential Recovery Court.

Janet Hobson, M.S. – Director

Mrs. Hobson has a Master of Science Degree in Public Service Management with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Leadership from Cumberland University where she graduated with honors.  She obtained a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis.  In her capacity as director she reports directly to the Founder and Presiding Judge of the Davidson County Drug Court, Judge Seth Norman.    Mrs. Hobson is responsible for managing the daily operations of the program.  She has in excess of over 15 years of leadership and managerial experience, whereas most of her professional experience includes work in the Criminal Justice  field.

She has served as the Director since 2003. Her prior experience includes serving as Director for the Davidson County Community Corrections Program, serving in management for the Sheriff’s Department Alternative Sentencing Program (Day Reporting Center) and as Social Counselor for the State Department of Children’s Services.

In addition to the Director, the following play a vital role in the successful operations of the program.

  • Treatment team headed by the Treatment Coordinator
  • Administrative Team
  • Drug Court Case Developer
  • Drug Court Assessment team
  • Drug Court Case Officers
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Medical staff
  • Community Service Work Staff
  • Resident Monitor Staff
  • Transportation Assistant
  • GED instructor
  • Volunteers including tutors, interns, peer support, sponsors as well as various community organizations
  • Nashville Drug Court Support Foundation Staff, Director – Jeri Holladay Thomas