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If you are handling your legal case without a lawyer, this means you are “representing yourself.” It's best to get advice and information about your case from a lawyer, even if you do not have one. The resources below will provide helpful information about going to court and representing yourself in General Sessions court.

 

Learn More About Going to Court

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

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands provides information on representing yourself if you are being sued for money or property in General Sessions court.

 

Dress Codes for Going to Court

When going to General Sessions Court, make sure that you are following their dress code.

 

How to Testify in Court

 

What to Expect in General Sessions Court (Videos)

Preparing for Your Day in Court | Preparándose Para Su Día de Corte

In these video, Legal Aid of East Tennessee outlines general information on how to prepare for General Sessions court when representing yourself. This information is available in English or Spanish

The following videos, provided by Legal Aid of East Tennessee, contain general legal information on how to represent yourself when filing a lawsuit in General Sessions Court. This information is available in both English and Spanish. 

Filing a Lawsuit  

Presentando Una Demanda

 

 

Finding Legal Answers

TN Free Legal Answers

If you are in Tennessee, the website, Free Legal Answers,  allows you to ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue at no cost.  It is fast and easy, and all you need is a computer. This is a FREE service for people who cannot afford a lawyer. 

How it works: 

 

  • You will answer a few questions to see if you qualify for their service. If you qualify, you will have the option to create an account.
  • If you are eligible, you can ask their volunteer attorneys a non-criminal question.
  • Once your question receives a response, you will get an email. You will need to sign into the website to read your response and ask any additional questions.

 

Forms:

Standard Court Forms for all of Tennessee

At this link, you can find approved court forms for all counties within Tennessee.

 

Generally, people using the civil court system in Tennessee must pay fees and costs for the privilege of using the courts. However, in situations of extreme financial hardship, some people cannot afford these fees and costs. In those circumstances, a judge may allow you to use the courts without paying the fees and costs up front if you meet certain requirements. How to Ask the Judge for Help: 
  When you receive notice from court that you are being sued, or if you are suing someone else, going to court can be intimidating. You can use this guide to learn more about what to expect in court.
  Do you know how to protect yourself from legal problems? You can take charge of your legal wellness using HELP4TN’s free Legal Wellness Checkup.
There may come a time when you need to find a lawyer to help you with a legal problem, such as a car accident, eviction, or order of protection. There are many different ways you can find a lawyer that is right for you if you're in need of legal help.  
If you are being sued to collect a debt, the following booklets may provide information to help you protect your wages and your belongings.  
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