Circuit Court 16th Judicial Dist Division 3


505 Rutherford County Judicial Building
20 Public Square North
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 898-8074
Fax: (615) 898-8013

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of cases does the Court hear?

Circuit Court Judges hear civil and criminal cases, as well as appeals from General Sessions, Juvenile, and Municipal Courts. As a Court of general jurisdiction, the Circuit Court “shall administer right and justice according to law, in all cases where the jurisdiction is not conferred upon another tribunal.” T.C.A. § 16-10-101.

Can I talk to the Judge about my case?

No. Ethical rules do not allow Judges to speak with people about their cases outside of the courtroom.

Can the Judge’s staff give me legal advice?

No. The Court must be completely neutral in every case, so the Judge’s staff cannot give advice to either side. You should consult with an attorney regarding any questions that you may have about your case.

How do I find out when my Court date is?

For criminal cases, call the Circuit Court Clerk:
Rutherford County: (615) 898-7812
Cannon County: (615) 563-4461

For civil cases, call the Chancery or Circuit Court Clerk:
Rutherford County: Chancery - (615) 898-7860; Circuit - (615) 898-7820
Cannon County: Chancery - (615) 563-4278; Circuit - (615) 563-4461

Can I get a public defender for my case?

If you are indigent and are in jeopardy of incarceration due to felony or misdemeanor charges, the Court will appoint the Public Defender’s office to represent you. If you wish to apply for the appointment of a public defender, you will need to fill out a Uniform Affidavit of Indigency and sign it in the presence of the Judge or Court Clerk.

Can I represent myself in a criminal case?

Yes, but the Judge has the duty to ensure that you are knowingly and intelligently waiving the valuable right to the assistance of counsel. It is usually very risky to represent oneself in a criminal proceeding.