2018 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 11 - General Provisions
Part 7 - Disposition of Forfeited Property
§ 39-11-705. Jurisdiction and venue.
(a) Jurisdiction in a civil forfeiture action under this part extends to the chancery and circuit courts of this state, and general sessions courts for personal property where the value of personal property subject to forfeiture does not exceed the jurisdictional limits of the court, over the following:
(1) All interests in property if the property for which forfeiture is sought is within this state at the time the action is filed; and
(2) The interest of an owner or interest holder in the property for which forfeiture is sought if the owner or interest holder is subject to the personal jurisdiction of the court.
(b) Jurisdiction in a criminal forfeiture action under this part extends to the circuit and criminal courts of this state, and general sessions courts for personal property where the value of personal property subject to forfeiture does not exceed the jurisdictional limits of the court and the state and defendant consent to the exercise of jurisdiction by the general sessions court. Jurisdiction over the interests of a third party who is not a defendant in the criminal prosecution must be exercised in a separate civil forfeiture action.
(c) In addition to any other provision of law, a proceeding for forfeiture under this part may be maintained in the judicial district in which any part of the property is found or in the judicial district in which a criminal prosecution could be maintained against an owner or interest holder for the conduct alleged to give rise to the forfeiture. Any court with jurisdiction pursuant to this section may issue and cause to be served in any other judicial district such process as may be required to bring before the court the property that is the subject of the forfeiture action.