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State of Tennessee

Methods of Judicial Selection: Tennessee

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

General Sessions Court
Jurisdiction: civil < $15,000; landlord/tenant; recovery of personal property < $25,000; equity < $1,500; misdemeanors; preliminary hearings
Selection of Judges: partisan election*
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: authorized to practice law in state; minimum age of 30; state resident 5 yrs and 1 yr district resident
Juvenile Court
Jurisdiction: adults contributing to delinquency of minor; juvenile
Selection of Judges: partisan election*
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: authorized to practice law in state; minimum age of 30; state resident 5 yrs and 1 yr district resident
Municipal Court
Jurisdiction: city ordinance violations
Selection of Judges: partisan election*
Retention of Judges: reelection
Qualifications: authorized to practice law in state; minimum age of 30; state resident 5 yrs and 1 yr district resident
*Per statute, each county legislative body has the discretion to require elections to be conducted in a nonpartisan manner.