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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.

Our email address is

**Court Closure Information:**

---Updated 12/28/2020---

General Sessions Civil Cases (Courtroom 1A/1B)

  • Civil Cases in JAABB set 12/28/20 through 1/29/21 will not be heard until a later date.
  • Plaintiff's Attorney or Plaintiff without attorney representation should file a re-set letter with the General Sessions Clerk and mail a copy of the letter to notify the Defendant for the new court date which will be scheduled after 1/29/21.
  • Call the Clerk's office at 615-862-5195 for availability for new courtdate as dockets are limited to a certain number of cases.
  • Defendant will receive a letter in the mail from the Plaintiff's Attorney/Plaintiff notifying them of the new court date.
  • All parties should check our website for new updated Court Information the day before and the day of the new court date.
  • To ensure your case is set, you may check the docket for the new court date. From the General Sessions top tab, click the "Civil Dockets" link on the left of the page and choose your court date and courtroom. If you do not see your case listed, call our office at 615-862-5195 for assistance.

General Sessions Order of Protection Cases

  • Order of Protection court dates will continue to be heard as scheduled.
  • Check the Docket to ensure your case is set. From the General Sessions top tab, click the "OP Dockets" link on the left and choose the court date your case is set.
  • If you do not see your case, call our office at 615-862-5195 for assistance.

**Tennessee Supreme Court Order**

According to the Supreme Court Order signed and filed 12/22/2020, all Civil cases set for court in 1A and 1B are suspended through close of business on Friday, January 29, 2021. You may view the order below.

COVID-19 Order issued 12-22-2020

Order Regarding Face Covering

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER issued December 4, 2020

Administrative Order for Reduced Docket Schedule

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.