General Session Criminal Court

General Session Criminal jurisdiction is limited to misdemeanor cases and preliminary hearings in felony cases.

Criminal Cases

  • You may represent yourself or hire your own attorney. If you are indigent, you may apply for a court appointed attorney.
  • If the case is dismissed, it may be expunged from your record. You will have to prepare the paperwork or see an attorney to help you. There may also be a charge to file the paperwork.
  • Convictions on driving offenses are reported to the Department of Safety and do go on your driving history.
  • Failure to appear in court or failure to pay fine and costs could result in your arrest or your drivers license being suspended.
  • All General Sessions cases are open to the public. A public access computer is available to do a record search on someone.
  • A Judicial Commissioner is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the purpose of issuing criminal warrants and criminal summons.

Payment Policy

We do not accept personal checks. Individuals may pay with a business check, cashiers check, money order, credit/debit card (additional processing fees will charged) or cash.


Legal Advice

Deputy Clerks cannot give legal advice. They will file your paperwork, but they cannot advise you on what action you should take. You should consult an attorney for legal advice.


After Hours Payment Information

For your convenience in making payments, Kiosk machines are located in the jail lobby (24 hour access) and at 500 N Cusick Street Maryville TN