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Tennessee Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Supreme court’s workers’ compensation opinions


Tennessee Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  1. Constitution (Tenn. Const.)

  2. Bills

  3. Public Acts of the State of Tennessee (Tenn. Pub. Acts)

  4. Tennessee Code Annotated (Tenn. Code Ann.)
    Note—The code is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.

    Additional Resources
    Public and Private Acts … [Secretary of State] — Links, subject indexes, and cross-reference tables for laws enacted in recent legislative sessions.


Tennessee Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
  2. Additional Resources
    Supreme court rules changes


Tennessee Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Tenn. R. & Regs.)
    2. Tennessee Administrative Register (Tenn. Admin. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Executive Orders


Tennessee Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Tennessee Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Tennessee law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal (J.S. Moorad Sports L.J.) … [Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law]—Formerly titled Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Forum (until 1996); Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (until 2013).
    2. Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law (Transactions) … [Univ. of Tenn. Coll. of Law]
    3. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice (Vand. J. Ent. L. & Prac.)
    4. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (Vand. J. Transnat'l L.)
    5. Vanderbilt Law Review (Vand. L. Rev.)


    Other Tennessee Commentary

    1. Doing Business in Tennessee. Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. … [Lex Mundi]


    Tennessee Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Tennessee Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See also the web site of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.


    Tennessee Forms

    1. Court Forms
    2. Shelby County Probate Court
    3. U.S. Bankruptcy Court—Western District
    4. Revenue Department: Tax Forms and Publications

    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Tennessee Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]
      Tennessee Blue Book … [Tenn. Secretary of State] — This is the official manual of Tennessee state government. It includes information on elected officials and the various branches and agencies of state government as well as historical and statistical data and election returns.

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Tennessee Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Tennessee law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Tennessee.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Tennessee Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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