Municipal Courts

Municipal courts, sometimes called “city courts,” hear cases involving violations of municipal ordinances.  Most often, these courts hear speeding tickets and other traffic violations. However, these courts also hear codes violations such as dogs running loose, high grass or other violations of city ordinances that seek to ensure the public safety and welfare. 

While generally, a municipal court can impose a fine of up to $50 (Fifty Dollars) plus court costs for violations, in some instances, these courts can impose a civil penalty of up to $500 (Five Hundred Dollars). The officials of a municipal court are the municipal judge and the municipal court clerk, who may both be appointed by the city’s governing body, or in some instances, one or both may be required to be elected.

August 31, 2017
The Tennessee Municipal Judges’ Conference presented the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence to Judge Gregory D. Smith of Montgomery County. The award is presented each year to a municipal judge who...
August 23, 2017
The 2017 edition of the Criminal Justice Handbook is now available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The handbook contains more than 600 pages of Tennessee criminal statutes and court...
April 13, 2017
More than 150 Municipal Court judges from across Tennessee attended seminars this week in Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson. The judges attended workshops on ethical duties, codes enforcement and...
January 23, 2017
From The Wilson PostMt. Juliet's city judge got a phone call a few days ago that astounded her and could potentially change her life, as well as a little boy's.City judge and long-time local attorney...
October 10, 2016
Clint Black and John Rich will headline a benefit for the Davidson County Drug Court, Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S., and Grace Empowered.This music showcase will be held at Mt. Richmore - the home of...
September 8, 2016
Judge Sherry Paty was introduced as the new president of the Tennessee Municipal Judges’ Conference during the group’s annual meeting in August. Judge Paty serves as Chattanooga Municipal court judge...
August 30, 2016
Chief Justice Sharon Lee recently presented the Tennessee Supreme Court’s initiatives to Chief Justices from supreme courts across the country at the National Conference of Chief Justices during...
August 29, 2016
From The TennesseanAn 8-foot-tall bronze statue of former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. was unveiled Saturday in a ceremony honoring the judicial pioneer's legacy....
August 25, 2016
The 10-year anniversary committee of the Justice A.A. Birch Building will dedicate a statue of Chief Justice A. A. Birch, Jr. a state Supreme Court judge, who served 37 years as a judicial stalwart,...
August 5, 2016
The Eastern Grand Division of the Tennessee Appellate Courts will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the courthouse at 505 Main Street in downtown Knoxville.Anyone is...
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The National Judicial College has announced release of several CDL/CMV webcasts.
The webcasts, sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
focus on issues related to “masking” of offenses on CDL driving records. View the webcasts.