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.

November 27, 2023

The Board of Judicial Conduct has issued a public reprimand of Municipal Judge John Rosson. Read the reprimand…

September 01, 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…

November 17, 2021
Judge Lanning P. Wynn is retiring after 43 years of service to the Sevierville Municipal Court, as the city’s first and only judge. “I started in December of 1979. I was…
November 16, 2021

Chattanooga City Judge Sherry Paty received the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence at the 2021 Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference.

The award is presented each year…


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.