Chancery Court

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NOTICE:  You may access the proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the Circuit Court and Chancery Court of Tennessee for the Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis by clicking the link below.  Any comments on the local rules should be sent via email to on or before September 7, 2023. 


Part I of the Chancery Court will continue to operate with some in-person hearings and some hearings by video conference (Zoom), which will be scheduled by the Court on a case-by-case basis.

Part II and Part III of the Chancery Court will hear all matters in person unless the Court grants an exception.
 Please contact the Courtroom Clerk for specific questions regarding your hearing. 

Chancery Court has guidelines for attending Zoom hearings.  Please click here to read the guidelines.
Update for Shelby County Civil Courts:


Shelby County Civil Court Plan: Judge Gomes Civil Courts 

Chancery Court Specific Plan: Chancery Plan

On May 14, 2021, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued Order Modifying Capacity, Distancing and Facial Covering Requirements which: (1) reduced the required distance between persons in the courtroom from six feet to three feet; (2) removed courtroom capacity limits; and (3) lifted the facial covering requirement. Although the use of facial coverings will no longer be required, continued use of facial coverings in compliance with current CDC guidelines is strongly encouraged. 

Chancery Court Policy for Service by Publication: 

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Chancery Court has reopened its Rule 10 Motion Docket and the Uncontested Divorce Hearing Docket, both with a limited number available.  

You may request a date by going to the following sites:



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys who have e-file accounts are strongly encouraged to e-file. The e-file site can be accessed at For those who need to leave pleadings for filing, signatures, etc., please feel free to leave such documents in the Dropbox directly across from the Filing Dept. If you feel that a video hearing with the Chancellor is in order, please contact the appropriate Courtroom Clerk. The staff directory is listed below.


                                                                         W. Aaron Hall  


                                                                         Clerk and Master  


Chancery Court Staff Directory

Part I - Chancellor Melanie Taylor Jefferson
Dardanius Coleman
Part II - Chancellor Jim Kyle
Ebony Wells
Krysten Petty
Part III - Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins
Special Assistant/Judicial Clerk Supervisor
David Garrett 
Judicial Assistant to the Chancellors
Operations Department: New Lawsuits, Adoptions, Copies
Finance Department: Garnishments, Court Costs, Minor Settlement
Tax Sales Department: Tax Sales, Excess Proceeds
Dylan Holzemer 
Karen Brasfield


Also see:


*** Amended Policy Regarding Trial Exhibits ***    

At the conclusion of all cases, any exhibits marked at trial shall be accounted for and assembled by the parties or their counsel, presented to the Clerk and Master’s Office, and scanned into the Clerk and Master’s electronic case management system. 

All original trial exhibits, including any non-paper exhibits and exhibits larger than 8-1/2 x 11 inches, shall be retained by the counsel for the party who introduced the exhibit.  

In the event the case is appealed, counsel shall be responsible for producing all of the original exhibits and delivering the original exhibits to the Clerk and Master for the appellate record.  

As needed, counsel shall reduce any exhibit larger than 8-1/2 x 11 inches to a size which the Clerk of the Appellate Court will receive.  

These procedures further apply to depositions which are not marked as exhibits but only made a part of the technical record.



Go To Chancery Court's next tax sale:
Online Tax Sales


  • Declaratory judgments
  • Delinquent tax sales
  • Divorces
  • Enforcement of arbitration awards
  • Habeas corpus
  • Mandamus
  • Public nuisances
  • Removal of public officers
  • Replevins
  • Usury
  • Worker’s compensation
Note: Chancery court does not have jurisdiction to hear actions for injuries to person or character and injuries to property not resulting from a breach of contract.