Caroline Knight was sworn in as the 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Part II Judge on Wednesday after winning the August 4 election as an unopposed candidate.
“I am ecstatic to officially be District 13’s Circuit Court Judge. I am deeply honored to serve my community in the Upper Cumberland and make certain that the rule of law is always upheld. I am sincerely thankful for each person who has believed in me and supported me along the way here. The days ahead of me will not be easy, but I eagerly look forward to working hard to ensure each and every citizen who appears before me in court is treated fairly, impartially and with respect,” said Knight.
She defeated then-incumbent Judge Jonathan Young in the May 3 Republican primary, attaining over 65 percent of the vote.
Young was publicly reprimanded by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct in October 2020 following what was described as “inappropriate messages” sent to multiple women on several different social media platforms. Young had served as the 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge since 2014.
Knight brings significant experience to her new role as judge. She has served more than 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney General, with the past five years as a felony child abuse prosecutor.
Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Caroline spent five years in private practice.
According to a bio provided to The Tennessee Star, “Her broad knowledge of the law comes from handling cases in both civil and criminal courts. While in private practice, Caroline advocated on behalf of clients in adoption, divorce, and child custody cases, as well as contract and property disputes, civil torts, and estates. She has always fought for the most vulnerable.”
Additionally, Judge Knight is very active in her community.
She is a founding board member of Youth Achievement Foundation, Cumberland County, has been Plenary Lecturer for American Legion Boys’ State, and has served on various state and local boards of directors, including The Legal Aid Society, American Red Cross, Cumberland County Chapter, and Avalon Center for Domestic Violence. Caroline lives in Crossville with her husband, Sean, and her 13-year-old stepson.
The 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Part II includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties as part of its jurisdiction.
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Photo “Caroline Knight Swearing-In” by Caroline Knight.