“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. The offices of the attorney general, district attorneys general, and district public defenders are associated with the judicial branch. The attorney general represents the interests of the state in litigation. The district attorneys serve as prosecuting counsel in criminal cases. Public defenders represent defendants, primarily in criminal cases. 

Judicial Branch Org Chart

For more information about how the court system works, click here to look at a guide to the judicial branch of government.

Here are some links that might be helpful if you want to know more about the judicial branch of government:

Guide to the Tennessee Courts

SCALES Project

Administrative Office of the Courts

Attorney General's Office

United State Courts