Vanderbilt Law Review

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The rapid growth of industry in Tennessee, with the concomitant increase in urban population, has emphasized the gravity of certain social problems confronting the state. Not the least among these is the present state of the domestic relations and juvenile courts. The seriousness and complexity of this problem was pointed up in the last session of the General Assembly (79th Session) at which time the Senate passed a resolution authorizing the legislative council tounder take a study of the present system and to report their findings and recommendations to the next session of the General Assembly.'Pursuant to this resolution the Council conducted public hearings. Appearing before the Council were various civic and professional groups, including the Tennessee Commission on Youth Guidance. All agreed that the problem exists, and some had very concrete suggestions to make in dealing with it. This note will deal with these recommendations against a historical background of the growth of domestic relations, juvenile and family courts, and their utilization by other states.