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General Sessions - Civil Division

Justice A. A. Birch Building

Hours of Operation

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All individuals entering the building are required to wear a cloth face covering and will be temperature tested for the safety of employees and the public. Additionally, we are strictly following social distancing guidelines including a limitation on the number of individuals allowed in our office lobbies at any time. Signage at our office will provide further instruction.

**Tennessee Supreme Court Order**

Order Regarding Face Covering

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER effective October 5th

Effective October 5, 2020, the maximum number of cases which shall be set on the General Sessions Civil dockets in Courtrooms 1A & 1B is limited to 25 cases per day. See the full order here.

General Sessions Court is vested with a broad range of jurisdiction and is often the publicís first introduction to the judicial process. There are eleven divisions of the Metropolitan General Sessions Courts with an elected Judge to serve in each division. This Court handles both criminal matters and civil lawsuits. The eleven Judges rotate each week to preside over the various civil and criminal dockets. The General Sessions Courts are served by two different Clerks:
the Criminal Court Clerk and the Circuit Court Clerk, Richard Rooker. Mr. Rooker's office files and manages the Court files and dockets for the General Sessions - Civil Division. The civil matters include several different type cases:

  • Civil warrants with jurisdictional limit of $25,000
  • Detainer warrants (landlord/tenant disputes)
  • Recovery warrants
  • Orders of protection
  • Mental health committals
  • Environmental codes violations.