2020 Tennessee Code
Title 16 - Courts
Chapter 10 - Circuit and Criminal Courts
Part 1 - Jurisdiction and Powers
§ 16-10-101. General Jurisdiction

Universal Citation: TN Code § 16-10-101 (2020)

The circuit court is a court of general jurisdiction, and the judge of the circuit court shall administer right and justice according to law, in all cases where the jurisdiction is not conferred upon another tribunal.

Code 1858, § 4225 (deriv. Acts 1835-1836, ch. 5, § 7); Shan., § 6063; Code 1932, § 10318; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 16-501.

Cross-References. Bonds of county officers, duties, §§8-19-205 —8-19-208.

Exclusive original jurisdiction of juvenile court, §37-1-103.

Personal injury or death cases in chancery or circuit courts, reports, §16-21-111.

State system of personnel administration, §8-30-101 et seq.

Textbooks. Pritchard on Wills and Administration of Estates (4th ed., Phillips and Robinson), § 338.

Tennessee Jurisprudence, 10 Tenn. Juris., Elections, § 18; 16 Tenn. Juris., Judges, § 9; 17 Tenn. Juris., Jurisdiction, § 22.

Law Reviews.

Laches at Law in Tennessee, 28 U. Mem. L. Rev. 211 (1997).

The Tennessee Court of Appeals: How Often It Corrects the Trial Courts — and Why, 68 Tenn. L. Rev. 557 (2001).

The Tennessee Court System — Circuit Court (Frederic S. Le Clercq), 8 Mem. St. U.L. Rev. 241.

Comparative Legislation. Circuit courts:

Ala.  Code §12-11-1 et seq.

Ark.  Code §16-13-201 et seq.

Ga. O.C.G.A. §15-6-1 et seq.

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23A.010 et seq.

Miss.  Code Ann. §9-7-1 et seq.

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 478.010 et seq.

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-130 et seq.

Va. Code § 17-116.1 et seq.

Cited: Harris v. Nashville Trust Co., 5 Tenn. Civ. App. (5 Higgins) 678 (1914); State v. Bockman, 139 Tenn. 422, 201 S.W. 741, 1917 Tenn. LEXIS 118 (1917); Roberts v. Vaughn, 142 Tenn. 361, 219 S.W. 1034, 1919 Tenn. LEXIS 65, 9 A.L.R. 1528 (1920); Carriger v. Morristown, 148 Tenn. 585, 256 S.W. 883, 1923 Tenn. LEXIS 45 (1923).

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