Court System


“The judicial power of this state shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such Circuit, Chancery and other inferior courts as the Legislature shall from time to time ordain and establish…” – Article VI, Section I, Constitution of the State of Tennessee

The judicial branch serves as a check on the powers of both the legislative and executive branches. With the power of judicial review, the courts may rule on the constitutionality of legislation passed by the General Assembly and consider the legality of policies and regulations. Learn more about the court system at

Judicial Branch Flow Chart

More About the Judicial Branch

In addition to the court system, the office of the attorney general and reporter, district attorneys general conference, district public defenders conference, and the post-conviction defender commission are also part of the judicial branch. Learn more about these entities at:


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