Judge & Staff


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.      


Janet Hobson, M.S.
Program Director 

Mrs. Hobson reports directly to the Founder and Presiding Judge of the Davidson County Drug Court, Judge Seth Norman. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the both the Davidson County Drug Court . Mrs. Hobson has in excess of 15 years of experience working in the criminal justice field. 

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

  • Assistant Director 
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Residential Counselors
  • Aftercare Counselor  
  • Program Specialist IOP
  • Drug Court Assessor
  • Drug Court Case Officers
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time RN 
  • Community Service Work Supervisor
  • Resident Monitor Supervisor
  • Resident Monitors 
  • Transportation Assistant
  • Part-time GED instructor
  • Volunteers including tutors & interns
  • Nashville Drug Court Support Foundation Staff, Director - Jeri Holladay Thomas

Davidson County Drug Court | A Division of the Trial Courts
Developing Character During Confinement.
1406 County Hospital Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37218
Phone: 615-862-4220 | Fax: 615-862-4219