General Sessions Court

This site is not intended to provide legal advice, but a road map through the court system in Perry County.

General Sessions Court

Presided over by Judge Katerina V. Moore, General Sessions and Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

The kinds of cases handled by General Sessions Court vary from county to county.  While there may be differences between counties, the General Sessions Court in Perry County handles both criminal and civil cases in Perry County, and Judge Moore presides over Juvenile Court.


For criminal cases, General Sessions Court has authority over:

  • Preliminary hearings or arraignments for felony cases, , and
  • Misdemeanor trials if the defendant gives up his right to a grand jury investigation and trial by jury in a higher court.

General Sessions Court handles certain kinds of civil cases that do not involve more than a certain dollar amount.  The General Sessions judge also serves as juvenile judge since Perry County has not set up a separate court.  The term of General Sessions judge is elected to an 8-year term.

 

Guidelines and Helpful Information for People with a Case in General Sessions Court

These guidelines are to assist people who represent themselves in court and to help any and all lay people (non-lawyers) who wish to have more guidance on what will happen in court and how to be better prepared for court.

General Sessions Courts have been encouraged by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s “Access to Justice Commission” to create guidelines assisting  non-lawyers who have cases in court.  This includes people who represent themselves and other lay people who may have lawyers but desire helpful information about appearing in court.

You are encouraged to use a lawyer for help when possible.  Lawyers have legal training and experience in appearing before a judge.  You may even be able to get free legal aid.

All of these topics will be discussed in this website, some more than others.  If you don't see what you are looking for, please call the Circuit Court Clerk, Joy Breeding, (931) 589-2218.

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

 

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

courts system in Perry County


 The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.  All information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.