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Tennessee circuit courts are trial courts of general jurisdiction in Tennessee. There is a circuit court in each of the state's 31 judicial districts. To find the judges in a specific circuit, click on the corresponding district in the table below.


"Circuit judges hear civil and criminal cases and appeals of decisions from City, Juvenile, Municipal and General Sessions courts. The jurisdiction of Circuit Courts often overlaps that of the Chancery Courts. Criminal cases are tried in Circuit Court except in districts with separate Criminal Courts established by the General Assembly."[1]

Method of selection and terms of judges

Circuit court judges participate in partisan elections and serve eight-year terms. If a vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a replacement from a list generated by the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission. The replacement fills the remainder of the unexpired term, then runs in the next general election. [2]

Circuit Court Counties Served
First Circuit Court Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington counties
Second Circuit Court Sullivan County
Third Circuit Court Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, and Hawkins counties
Fourth Circuit Court Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier counties
Fifth Circuit Court Blount County
Sixth Circuit Court Knox County
Seventh Circuit Court Anderson County
Eighth Circuit Court Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties
Ninth Circuit Court Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, and Roane counties
Tenth Circuit Court Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk counties
Eleventh Circuit Court Hamilton County
Twelfth Circuit Court Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie countries
Thirteenth Circuit Court Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties
Fourteenth Circuit Court Coffee County
Fifteenth Circuit Court Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale, and Wilson counties
Sixteenth Circuit Court Cannon and Rutherford counties
Seventeenth Circuit Court Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore counties
Eighteenth Circuit Court Sumner County
Nineteenth Circuit Court Montgomery, and Robertson counties
Twentieth Circuit Court Davidson County
Twenty-First Circuit Court Hickman, Lewis, Perry, and Williamson counties
Twenty-Second Circuit Court Giles, Lawrence, Maury, and Wayne counties
Twenty-Third Circuit Court Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart counties
Twenty-Fourth Circuit Court Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, and Henry counties
Twenty-Fifth Circuit Court Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy, and Tipton counties
Twenty-Sixth Circuit Court Chester, Henderson, and Madison counties
Twenty-Seventh Circuit Court Obion and Weakley counties
Twenty-Eighth Circuit Court Crockett, Gibson, and Haywood counties
Twenty-Ninth Circuit Court Dyer, and Lake counties
Thirtieth Circuit Court Shelby County
Thirty-First Circuit Court Van Buren and Warren counties

See also

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