Shelby County Circuit Court
PLAN TO RE-OPEN IN-COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR MEMPHIS, SHELBY COUNTY, TN COURTS:
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.
Jury Trial Suspension Order
Shelby County Circuit Court will resume jury trials on May 17, 2021, subject to juror availability. Because the pandemic continues, Circuit Court will stagger start dates among the divisions to ensure the safety and well-being of all personnel, attorneys, litigants, jurors, and witnesses. Please contact the individual courtroom clerk and consult the division website preference page for more information.
The Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk's Office is practicing social distancing for the safety of the public and our staff. Please use e-filing and we have installed a Dropbox* located outside of RM 224 on the second floor.
Please stay safe and maintain social distancing.
Uncontested Divorces and Motions webpages are now accessible but have a maximum number of cases per day. Please check divisions preferences.
If no preferences are posted, contact the division clerk via that divisions email.
*Contact information for individual divisions is provided on this website.
Notice of Supreme Court's Order
Suspension of In-Person Court Proceedings and Extension of Deadlines
03-13-20 TSC Order
03-25-20 TSC Continuation Order
04-24-20 TSC Continuation Order
05-26-20 TSC Continuation Order
11-17-20 TSC Continuation Order
12-7-20 TSC Continuation Order
12-22-20 TSC Continuation Order
01-15-21 TSC Order Modifying and Partially Lifting Suspension of In Person Court Proceedings
02-12-21 TSC Order Modifying and Partially Lifting Suspension of In Person Court Proceedings
With regard to deadlines, please refer to those Orders.
For more information: https://www.tncourts.gov
The Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk's Office is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are coordinating with City, County, State, and Federal agencies.
You, the people of Shelby County, are our number one priority.
If you plan on visiting one of our offices and have symptoms of an illness, please contact our office via phone at (901) 222-3802 and we will attempt to service your court needs remotely to reduce the likelihood of spreading a contagion.
And remember to wash your hands.
Organization and Responsibilities:
Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction consisting of nine judges presiding over nine divisions. The court hears a variety of civil cases, including:
- Appeals from lower courts
- Auto accident
- Breach of Contract
- Certificate of Employability
- Medical malpractice
- Minor settlement
- Name Change
- Personal injury
- Restoration of Citizenship
- Worker's compensation
- Wrongful death
Approximately 5,500 cases are filed in Circuit Court annually.
Holiday Office Closures:
January 1, 2021 - New Year's Day
January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15, 2021 - Presidents Day (Courts will be closed, Clerk offices will be open)
April 2, 2021 - Good Friday
April 5, 2021 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Day (Observed)
May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day
June 18th, 2021 - Juneteenth (Observed)
July 5, 2021 - Independence Day (Observed)
September 6, 2021 - Labor Day
November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day
November 25 and 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 24 and 25, 2021 - Christmas Holiday
December 31, 2021 - New Year's Day (Observed)