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Guide to Law Online: U.S. Tennessee


In Tennessee, the judiciary has four general levels. The General Sessions Court, Juvenile Court and Municipal are the lowest level courts, which focus on cases involving specific subject matter, such as traffic violations, small claims, misdemeanor offenses, and juvenile matters. The State Trial Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction, separated into the Circuit Courts, Chancery Courts, Criminal Courts, and Probate Courts. The Appeals Court and the Criminal Appeals Court are the intermediate appellate courts. The Supreme Court is the highest court.