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.

2022 Shelby County Government Holiday Schedule


Inclement Weather Reset Date

 All cases set for February 3 and February 4, 2022, will be reset to February 24 and February 25, 2022.  At the same time in the same Division. If you are Positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please do not enter the building. Call prior to the court date and the courtroom clerks will inform the Judge, it will be set for a later date.  Masks are required to enter the building.  Any additional information or concerns please call the office at 901-222-3416.

Rental Assistance Programs

For more information on Rental Assistance Programs, please visit the links below. 

Rental Assistance Programs Are Swooping In To Help As Evictions Resume : NPR

Broadcast by National Public Radio on August 30, 2021 4:17 ET  -Heard on All Things Considered by Laurel Wamsley

 Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program -- frequently asked questions | City of Memphis | General News (