Judge & Staff

Judge Jennifer Smith

Criminal Court Division IV Judge

Jennifer Smith is the Judge of Division IV Criminal Court for the 20th Judicial District. She also presides over the Davidson County Residential Drug Court (DC4).  She was appointed in 2018 to fill a vacancy at the court.

Before her appointment, Judge Smith served as Associate Solicitor General in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. She previously served as Deputy Attorney General of the Law Enforcement and Special Prosecutions Division and Associate Deputy of the Criminal Justice Division. She has handled criminal law cases at all levels, including both prosecutorial and defense perspectives, and has broad appellate and federal habeas corpus experience. She has argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court and numerous others in the state and federal appellate courts. She received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C.

Judge Smith serves as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserve and has been twice deployed to conflict zones. She has two sons, Thomas and Daniel, and is actively involved as a parent and Committee Member of Boy Scout Troop 1914 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.


Dr. Janet Hobson, Director

Dr. Hobson is the director of the Davidson County Residential Drug Court (DC4) she has a Doctoral Degree in Leadership and Professional Practices.  She 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 a director, she reports directly to the Presiding Judge of the Davidson County Drug Court, Judge Jennifer Smith.    Dr. 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 and the Behavior Health 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 Substance Abuse 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
  • Medical Supervisor Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Drug Court Case Officers
  • Community Service Work Staff
  • Resident Monitor Staff
  • Transportation Assistant
  • Volunteers including tutors, interns, peer support, sponsors as well as various community organizations
  • Nashville Drug Court Support Foundation Staff, Executive Director – Jeri Holladay Thomas