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.

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...
March 11, 2011
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Supreme Court filed an order today soliciting public comments to proposed changes to Code of Judicial Conduct, the ethics rules for Tennessee judges.The Tennessee Bar...
December 30, 2010
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed Judy Bond-McKissack as Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Specialization, the body responsible for...
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