Tennessee Small Claims Procedure (Court Of General Sessions): An Overview

From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Tennessee.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Tennessee?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $25,000, but there is no limit in eviction suits or suits to recover personal property.

Which court hears small claims cases in Tennessee?

Small claims cases in Tennessee are heard in the Court Of General Sessions.

What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Tennessee?

For information on Tennessee's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Tennessee?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Tennessee.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Tennessee?

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Tennessee.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court, except on appeal or transfer.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Tennessee?

For more information about Tennessee small claims court, see http://tncourts.gov/programs/self-help-center.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Updated: October 1, 2015

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