Tennessee Criminal Records

  • Tennessee has 6,600,299 total people (FBI, 2015).
  • Tennessee is the 34th largest state by population.

Court System

  1. The Municipal Courts only handle traffic violations or violations of city ordinances in their respective city.
  2. The Juvenile and Family Courts deal with cases involving younger children under 18 and any family problems that may arise.
  3. The General Sessions Courts hear all civil and criminal cases.
  4. The Circuit Courts hear civil and criminal cases as well as appeals from the Municipal, Juvenile and Family, and General Sessions Courts.
  5. The Chancery Courts handle lawsuits, contract disputes, divorces, adoptions, and name changes and they may also modify the application of strict legal rules.
  6. The Criminal Courts have jurisdiction over criminal cases and can hear misdemeanor appeals from lower courts.
  7. The Probate Courts deal with probate of wills and administration of estates.
  8. The Court of Criminal Appeals hears the trial court appeals in felony and misdemeanor cases.
  9. The Court of Appeals meets monthly to hear appeals in civil cases.
  10. The Supreme Court may accept appeals in civil and criminal cases from lower courts as well as having the power to interpret the laws and constitutions of Tennessee.

Crime Statistics for Tennessee (FBI, 2015)

Crime Category Reported Cases National Rank
Violent Crime 40,400 44th / 51 (Very High)
Murder 406 37th / 51 (High)
Rape 2,676 37th / 51 (High)
Robbery 7,474 38th / 51 (High)
Aggravated Assault 29,844 46th / 51 (Very High)
Property Crime 193,796 39th / 51 (High)
Burglary 43,247 41st / 51 (Very High)
Larceny Theft 137,679 39th / 51 (High)
Motor Vehicle Theft 12,870 34th / 51 (High)

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