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General Sessions Judges

Division I
The Honorable Chuck Cerny

Division II
The Honorable Geoffrey P. Emery

Division III
The Honorable Patricia Hall Long

Division IV
The Honorable Andrew Jackson, VI

Division V
The Honorable Tony W. Stansberry

If you have questions concerning a CIVIL case, such as civil warrants, garnishments, petitions to pay, please call (865) 215-2518.

If you have questions concerning a CRIMINAL case, such as public intoxication, DUI, traffic violations, bad checks, and court payments, please call (865) 215-2375.

ABOUT THE COURTS

There are five General Sessions Courts in Knox County.   First Sessions Court hears misdemeanor cases.  Second Sessions Court hears DUI cases.  Third Sessions Court hears felony cases.  Fourth Sessions Court hears traffic and bonded-arraignment cases.  Fifth Sessions Court hears civil cases.   The five General Sessions Judges serve in each court on a rotational basis.  Collectively, these Courts hear over 60,000 cases each year. 

EVERY PERSON ENTERING A KNOX COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURTROOM MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • DRESS APPROPRIATELY. NO shorts. NO muscle shirts. NO t-shirts with inappropriate language. NO baggy/low-riding pants. NO hats, bandanas, hoods, or head coverings. NO see-thru clothing, backless, tank, or halter tops. You must wear shoes.
  • NO TALKING to inmates or communication of any kind is permitted.
  • NO FOOD, DRINK, CHEWING GUM, OR READING MATERIAL is allowed in any Courtroom.
  • USE OF CELL PHONES AND PAGERS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any ringing of phone or pager in the Courtroom will result in confiscation of said phone or pager.

FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN EXCLUSION FROM THE COURTROOM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

COURTS:  The COURTS will be closed when Knox County schools are closed for inclement weather conditions.  If Knox County schools are merely delayed due to weather, the COURTS will be open and on time.

SESSIONS COURT CLERK:  The Sessions Court Clerk’s Office will maintain normal business hours regardless of Knox County school closures, unless otherwise instructed.


If you have any questions or comments, concerning this web page please contact:

Esther L. Roberts
Judicial Clerk /Mediation Director
E-mail:  esther.roberts@knoxcounty.org

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General Sessions Judges

City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2370
Fax: 865-215-2403

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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