Civil Division

The General Sessions Civil Court has CourthouseJurisdiction in the following actions:Civil cases up to $25,000

  • Forcible entry detainer actions (evictions)
  • Action to recover personal property
  • Emergency mental commitments
  • Denial petitions for handgun permits
  • Interpleaders
  • Drug Dealer Eviction Program

The General Sessions Civil Court consists of six (6) civil judges which preside in approximately 65,000 new cases annually.

The General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office is responsible for the record keeping for the six civil divisions and nine criminal divisions in Shelby County, Tennessee.

Providing quality, efficient, and courteous service.

2021 Shelby County Government Holiday Schedule

Online access to General Sessions scanned documents is now available. For more information please visit under Civil Division, Online Garnishment answer form Tab.

In accordance to the Supreme Court Order issued 12/22/2020 and the Executive Order by Governor Lee issue 12.21/2020, the Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court will be closed effective December 28, 2020 to January 29, 2021 for all in-person proceeding. The only cases that will be heard by the General Sessions Civil Court Judges are the Emergency Mental Health Commitments.(see order below.)

SCT COVID-19 Order 12-22-2020

Governor Lee Emergency Order  70

General Sessions Civil Courts will be closed from January 4, 2021 until January 29, 2021. For more information about resets,  Click Here.