Circuit Court

Perry County Court Clerk's Office now has online court records.  Visit, select Perry County and use the Search feature on the site.

This site is not intended to provide legal advice, but a road map through the court system in Perry County.  Call Circuit Court Clerk for further information 931-589-2218
or Chancery Court Clerk & Master 931-589-2217. 


Circuit Court Clerk's Office


Circuit Courts are courts of general jurisdiction in Tennessee. Circuit court judges hear civil and criminal cases and appeals of decisions from Juvenile and General Sessions Courts. The jurisdiction of circuit courts often overlaps that of the chancery courts. Criminal cases are tried in circuit court.  There is no separate criminal court established by the General Assembly for Perry County. 


joy breeding 350x402Circuit Court clerks are county employees who are elected in each county to serve four-year terms. In some counties, circuit court clerks also serve as the clerk for General Sessions courts, which is the case in Perry County.  Joy Breeding is the Circuit Court Clerk for Perry County in the 32nd Judicial District Circuit Court and General Sessions.  Court clerks ensure the efficient operation of state courts by maintaining dockets and records, handling administrative matters and serving as good will ambassadors to the public.  The clerks are expected to perform all of the acts, including the issuance of writs of attachment, and fixing bonds therefor, which the Clerks are authorized to perform under the applicable statutes.

The Clerk's Office maintains the Circuit, General Sessions and Juvenile Court divisions. The function of each office is to provide assistance in the areas of courtroom administration and records management, docket maintenance, revenue management, maintenance of court minutes, official communication, and various other court associated duties.

circuit court assistantsCircuit Court Assistants: Katie Haggard & Gracie BatesMs. Breeding has two deputy clerks,  Katie Haggard (top) and Martha Brupbacher (bottom), pictured to the right.  



Circuit Court Clerk

(931) 589-2218


The Circuit Court Clerk and General Sessions Court Clerk are required by statute to:
  • Attend court
  • Enter the minutes of the court
  • File and enter all documents, pleadings, papers and exhibits
  • Invest funds under the Clerk’s control
  • Keep rule and execution dockets
  • Perform all other duties as required by law

The Circuit Court Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining all records in the Perry County Circuit and General Sessions Court.

Circuit Civil Court is responsible for lawsuits in excess of $25,000.00, Divorces, Name Changes and Condemnations, Trial Dockets, Appeals from lower courts, and Appeals to the Court of Appeals.

Circuit Court is responsible for the coordination of the Grand Jury, the Grand Jury Indictments of Perry County, Trial Dockets, Appeals from lower Courts, Appeals and transfers from Juvenile Court, Appeals to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  

They are also charged with collecting the court costs, fines and taxes, as well as traffic tickets.  Payment made be made directly in their office on the second floor of the Perry County Courthouse, or payment can be made via online at  

General Sessions Civil Court is responsible for all small claims lawsuits under $25,000.00.  This office handles the issuance of subpoenas, detainer warrants, writs of possession, etc.    

General Sessions Criminal/Traffic Court is responsible for criminal warrants  and traffic tickets that are issued by TN State Troopers or the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.  This office handles the Court Dockets and is also responsible for the issuance of subpoenas, re-arrests, scire facias, etc.


Perry County Circuit Court Clerk:
121 Main St., Linden TN 37096
(931) 589-2218


Perry County Chancery Court Clerk & Master:
121 Main St., Linden TN 37096
(931) 589-2217


Perry County Sheriff's Office:
582 Bethel Rd., Linden TN 37096
(931) 589-8803

courts system in Perry County

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