Nashville Courthouses

Last updated: November 1, 2013

Tennessee's state court system features four different trial courts in which a case may begin: (1) Circuit Courts, (2) Chancery Courts, (3) Criminal Courts, and (4) Probate Courts. Circuit Courts have the original authority to hear civil and criminal cases of any type. In Nashville, however, some authority has been shifted to other courts.

In addition, each county may create other courts to serve its individual needs. In District 20 (Nashville and Davidson County), the General Sessions Court (GSC) hears civil, criminal, traffic and ordinance violation cases. The civil suits may only involve up to $15,000 or $25,000 in alternative money judgments, or landlord-tenant disputes. The criminal proceedings are limited to preliminary hearings of all cases, and trials for which the possible penalty is less than a year. Nashville's GSC also features mental health court and treatment courts.

The region also has a number of judges and magistrates (attorneys with a judge’s delegated authority) serving in the Juvenile Court and Municipal Court. See Tennessee’s Judicial District Map for more information on judges, magistrates, and courts within District 20.

State Courthouses in Nashville

  • Davidson County Chancery Court

    200 James Robertson Parkway
    TN 37201

    Tel: (615) 862-5710

    This is the same facility that houses the police department. It’s across the street from City Hall and Circuit Court. Park as you would if going to the Justice Birch Building (see above).

  • Historic Metro Courthouse

    One Public Square
    TN 37201

    Tel: (615) 862-5181

Courthouses in Surrounding Areas

  • Hendersonville City Court

    101 Maple Drive North
    TN 37075

    Tel: (615) 264-5354
  • Sumner County Circuit Court

    101 Public Square
    TN 37066

    Tel: (615) 452-4367

    Turn from N. Water Avenue onto Public Square. There are limited parking spots on the square, but several more on the surrounding streets.

Federal Courts

  • United States Bankruptcy Court

    U.S. Customs House
    701 Broadway

    TN 37203

    Tel: (615) 736-5584

    You can park behind the Customs House at 8th Avenue and McGavock for a maximum of $10. If the lot is full, or you want to save a buck, look for a spot at the lot on 8th and Demonbreun; it has a $9 flat rate.