Juvenile & Family Courts

Tennessee is home to 98 juvenile courts with 109 juvenile court judges and 45 magistrates. Of these 98 courts, 17 are designated "Private Act" juvenile courts while the remaining 81 are general sessions courts with juvenile jurisdiction. Each court, with the exception of Bristol and Johnson City, is county-based and administered with at least one juvenile court located in each of the state's 95 counties. While all of Tennessee’s courts with juvenile jurisdiction do their best to follow the procedural guidelines established by the Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure, there is little standardization in juvenile court size, case management procedures, and court administrative practices. This means that the systems and practices in Tennessee’s juvenile courts vary widely and tend to reflect the needs and preferences of the people living in that particular community.

May 19, 2022
Stacy Lynch joins the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts as its new Court Improvement Program (CIP) Director. Lynch comes to the AOC from the Juvenile Court of Rutherford County, where she...
May 4, 2022
The Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (TADEC) recently held a resolution reading at Legislative Plaza in observance of National Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day. At dusk,...
April 14, 2022
The Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (TCJFCJ) presented Henry County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki S. Snyder with the Presidential Leadership Award at its...
April 4, 2022
Judge Katerina Vatulina Moore was born in Ukraine. She grew up in Zaporizhzhia, a city in the south-eastern part of the country, known for its multiple power stations. In fact, the Zaporizhzhia...
March 18, 2022
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) honored Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway with the Senator Douglas Henry Public Official of the Year Award at its annual...