He has presided over General Sessions Court since 1998. General Sessions Court Division I hears and processes more cases than any other court in Anderson County, and produces more revenue than any other court in the county,
Layton is recognized throughout the state as a leader and innovator. He has been chosen president of the 200-plus member General Sessions Judges Conference. He is a frequent instructor and lecturer at state and educational conferences.
He and his wife Mary have resided in Oak Ridge and have been married for Fifty-two years. They have two children, Amy Layton, and Chris, both public school educators. They have two grandchildren.
Among a few of his experiences, Judge Layton has been a Civil Mediator, Department of Energy Hearing Officer, College Professor, State Ethics Hearing Officer, and active member of the Anderson County Community.
During his years of service, he has created a House Arrest Program, aggressive drug testing of defendant’s pending trial on drug charges and detailed programs for rehabilitation of offenders. He currently is collaborating with other stakeholders to create a “Misdemeanor Drug Court.”
Judge Layton commented, “I wish to thank my staff, the District Attorney General’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Court Clerk’s Office for making General Sessions Court Division I, one of the most professional and efficient courts in the State of Tennessee. I look forward to extending my thirty years (30) of public service on behalf of the people of Anderson County. I thank them for their confidence in the past and promise my continued service as General Sessions Judge to be Fair, Professional, Impartial and Efficient.”