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 81 are 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.

April 29, 2021
Since 1983, April has been recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the pervasiveness and lasting harm of childhood neglect and mistreatment.Study after...
April 21, 2021
A mother of two regained custody of her children and celebrated a new chapter of her life recently at the first graduation ceremony of the Rutherford County Safe Baby Court. Rutherford County...
March 8, 2021
A new, cutting-edge court program in Tennessee is changing the way the judiciary interacts with at-risk children and their families.Unlike other programs which connect with juveniles only after they...
January 12, 2021
The Tennessee Judiciary mourns the loss of Ellen Abbott, who served as the Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Services at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse...
December 23, 2020
While the holiday season is a source of joy for so many, it can also highlight differences between those who are able to take things like family and gift-giving for granted and those who cannot.In...