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Hot Checks
Worthless checks are a drain on the bottom line of any business, whether it's large or small. The General Sessions Court Clerk, Edward L. Stanton, Jr., and the District Attorney General, Amy Weirich, are working together to stop Hot Check writers in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Follow these easy steps to get the law to help you collect:
  1. Notify the check writer with a certified letter giving them 10 days to pick up the bad check. The letter must be sent certified mail, return receipt. After ten (10) days have elapsed with no payment from the check writer, the merchant or individual can begin the process of prosecution through the Hot Check Unit.
  2. Submit a completed and sworn affidavit of complaint, available at the Clerk’s Office, accompanied by a copy of worthless check (front and back), a copy of the ten (10) day letter, and a copy of the certified mail receipt, if required, to the General Sessions Court Clerk along with a $10 fee for each hot check.
  3. Affidavits of complaint can be filed at the General Session Court Clerk’s East Office at 1075 Mullins Station, Room 115 or at our Criminal Justice Center Office at 201 Poplar, Room LL-81.

Please review the policy and procedures by clicking the link below. Not all returned checks qualify for the Hot Check program.

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Craig Willis
Civil Administrator

Gortria Banks
Finance Administrator

General Sessions Civil Court

140 Adams
Room 106
Memphis, TN 38103-2093

General Sessions Court Clerks Office
Civil Division Payment Address
P.O. Box 3824
Memphis, TN 38173

Ph: 901-222-3400
Fx: 901-222-3413

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hickory Hill Office
General Sessions Court
3768 S. Hickory Ridge Mall
Suite 514
Memphis, TN 38115

Ph: 901-222-3667
Fx: 901-222-3670

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Mullins Station Office
General Sessions Court
1075 Mullins Station Road
Room W 115
Memphis, TN 38134

Ph: 901-222-7900
Fx: 901-222-7904

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.