Juvenile & Family Courts

Tennessee is home to 98 juvenile courts with 109 juvenile court judges and 45 magistrates. Of these 98 courts, 17 are designated "Private Act" juvenile courts while the remaining 81are general sessions courts with juvenile jurisdiction. Each court, with the exception of Bristol and Johnson City, is county-based and administered with at least one juvenile court located in each of the state's 95 counties. While all of Tennessee’s courts with juvenile jurisdiction do their best to follow the procedural guidelines established by the Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure, there is little standardization in juvenile court size, case management procedures, and court administrative practices. This means that the systems and practices in Tennessee’s juvenile courts vary widely and tend to reflect the needs and preferences of the people living in that particular community.

July 26, 2017
The Joint Ad-Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice is hereby authorized and directed to study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s juvenile...
June 29, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Kids involved in crimes are getting a lot of attention in Tennessee. Some of it came right from the top Wednesday with what is called a Blue Ribbon task force.The task force...
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