Representing Yourself in General Sessions

Below you will find links to written information, forms, videos, and also how to ask a lawyer a question and/or how to get a lawyer to represent you. Some areas of the state have more information than others.  You may wish to look at information from other areas as well as your own.

 

Statewide

Introduction to Tennessee General Court Sessions

http://justiceforalltn.org/videos/introduction-tennessee-general-sessions-court

 

Overview of General Sessions Court Case

http://justiceforalltn.org/videos/overview-general-sessions-court-case

 

Getting Ready for a General Sessions Civil Court Case

http://justiceforalltn.org/videos/getting-ready-general-sessions-civil-court-case

 

Representing Yourself in Court

http://www.justiceforalltn.com/content/pro-se-guide

 

Dress Codes for Going to Court

http://gscourt.nashville.gov/coming-to-court/dress-code/

 

East Tennessee

 

Should You Represent Yourself? Take this Test before Trying to Do So!

http://www.selegal.org/Self-Help/Booklets/SHOULD%20YOU%20REPRESENT%20YOURSELF%20BOOKLET.pdf

 

General Sessions Court: Advice for Persons Who Want to Represent Themselves

http://www.selegal.org/Self-Help/Booklets/GENERAL%20SESSIONS%20COURT%20BOOKLET.pdf

 

Common Mistakes In Representing Yourself

http://www.selegal.org/Self-Help/Booklets/COMMON%20MISTAKES%20BOOKLET.pdf

 

Collecting a Judgment

http://www.selegal.org/Self-Help/Booklets/COLLECTING%20A%20JUDGMENT%20BOOKLET.pdf

Please note that the phone numbers listed may not be for your county. To call someone in YOUR county click the “FIND REPRESENTATION” link below.

 

Middle Tennessee

No Lawyer? You can speak for yourself in General Sessions Court

http://www.sitemason.com/files/lOwpig/WebGeneralSessions912.pdf

Please note that the phone numbers listed may not be for your county. To call someone in YOUR county click the “FIND REPRESENTATION” link below.

 

Memphis

To Stop the court from taking your things, you need to file an Affidavit of Exemption.

http://www.malsi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/AffidavitofExemption.pdf

 

Memphis Area Legal Services: Attorney of the Day Project

Volunteer attorneys meet with litigants at the Courthouse one afternoon a week to provide help and make referrals.   Every Thursday starting at 1:30 PM in room 134 of the Shelby County Courthouse, volunteer attorneys meet with walk-in clients and provide advice, counsel, referrals and sometimes extended services if needed.  Paralegals and students provide supportive services at this clinic.

 

 

Additional Resources

FORMS:

Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee

http://www.tncourts.gov/forms-publications

 

VIDEOS:

Representing Yourself in General Sessions Court (REPRESENTÁNDOSE EN LA CORTE DE SESIÓN GENERAL)

Filing a Lawsuit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OghnGPhuHE0

Presentando Una Demanda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReCMZ0qFzJU

 

Preparing for Your Day in Court  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w65mZNpV0M

Preparándose Para Su Día de Corte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReCMZ0qFzJU

 

LEGAL ADVICE:

Volunteer Lawyers Who Will Answer Questions for Free Online

http://tn.freelegalanswers.org/

 

FIND REPRESENTATION:

Directory of Legal Aid Attorneys and Other Agencies by County or Zip Code

http://www.tals.org/search-help

 

Still need assistance? Please speak to a librarian at your local library – they may have additional resources to assist you.

 

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