About the Court

The Shelby County Environmental Court serves the people of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, by hearing a variety of cases that negatively impact the quality of life in our communities.

Cases come before the Court because of existing violations of either a local ordinance or state law. Code enforcement and law enforcement, with the assistance of the District Attorney General’s Office, cite property owners to court. The Court hears cases involving properties that violate health, fire, building, zoning, and animal codes. Often these properties rise to the level of public nuisance.

The Court aims to achieve compliance, and as a result create a safer, more livable environment for Memphis and Shelby County citizens.