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.

June 9, 2016
UPDATE: See photos from the day here.Declaring summer is officially here, Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Tennessee Bar Association President William L. Harbison, have issued a joint proclamation...
April 27, 2016
The location for the first stop of the Indigent Representation Task Force statewide listening tour has been moved to the Vasco Smith Building in Memphis. It previously was scheduled to be in the...
April 20, 2016
The Indigent Representation Task Force has announced a series of statewide listening tours to hear from those interested in sharing their thoughts on indigent defense in Tennessee. The first two...
December 11, 2015
Nolensville Municipal Judge James Petersen was honored by the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference last month with the Sharon G. Lee Award of Excellence for his outstanding service to the Conference...
November 3, 2014
Judge R. Price Harris, of Gallaway, presents a plaque to Judge John Lowe, of Millersville, to recognize his service as president of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference. Judge Lowe served the...
August 27, 2014
Appellate, trial, general sessions, juvenile, and municipal judges from across the state of Tennessee attended a weeklong training earlier this month in Murfreesboro.More than 100 judges participated...
November 7, 2012
The Tennessee Municipal Judges gathered for their Conference November 2 as Nolensville Municipal Judge James D. Petersen of Williamson County ended his two-year term as president of the Conference....
August 15, 2012
From the Clarksville Leaf ChronicleBy: Tony Centonze The namesake of the John T. Cunningham Community Room in the Montgomery County Court House was honored Sunday afternoon by his family and notable...
May 3, 2011
Spring Hill Municipal Court Judge Blair Scoville Morgan has recently launched an evaluation initiative to allow the public to provide anonymous feedback about their experience with the Municipal...
March 14, 2011
Fifteen Tennessee judges, including Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark, presided over the 31st annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition this weekend. Judges from across the state joined...
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