Circuit, Criminal, Chancery & Business Courts

Tennessee’s 95 counties are divided into 31 judicial districts. Within each district are Circuit Courts and Chancery Courts, as provided by the state constitution. Some districts also have legislatively established Criminal Courts and Probate Courts. Judges of these courts are elected to 8-year terms. Learn more here.

September 19, 2022
Chancellor Telford Forgety set his sights on becoming a judge early in his career.“My first job out of law school was clerking at the Court of Appeals for Judge Jim Parrot who, at that time, was the...
September 19, 2022
The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications for a Circuit Court Judge in the 20th Judicial District, which covers Davidson county. This vacancy was created by the death of Judge...
September 4, 2022
The Tennessee Judiciary is mourning the loss of the 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Phil Smith, who passed away unexpectedly September 4 at the age of 62.  Judge Smith became the...
September 1, 2022
Tennessee jurists from Mountain City to Memphis, from Supreme Court justices to general sessions judges, began new eight-year judicial terms today, September 1, 2022. The judges were elected or...
August 31, 2022
The Nashville Business Journal recently honored Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle with its Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement Award. Chancellor Lyle, who retires from the bench today, was first appointed...

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