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Photo of Judge John RossonKNOXVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE
HONORABLE JOHN R. ROSSON, JR.


Court Administrator
Valerie Coleman
vcoleman@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-7474
Fax: 865-215-7440

TRAFFIC COURT PLUS

Knoxville’s City Court primarily handles traffic citations and parking tickets. Other city ordinance violations include alcohol (non-DUI), animal control, building & zoning codes, business regulations, environmental, noise, and ordinances involving personal behavior.

CITY COURT / MUNICIPAL COURT / TRAFFIC COURT


Municipal Court, also known as City Court, is a limited jurisdiction court authorized under Tennessee Code Annotated and the City of Knoxville Charter. With original jurisdiction over all cases involving violations of City Ordinances, the City Judge has authority to assess fines up to $50. About 300 Tennessee cities have Municipal Courts with varying authority and jurisdiction.

CITY COURT HOURS


Court Service Counter:
Monday through Friday - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the Service Counter re-opens at 5:00 p.m. with limited service during Night Court. The emphasis at the Service Counters during Night Court will focus on people coming out of the Courtroom. If the Front Service Counter is not open when you arrive, you may need to enter the Courtroom to let a Court Clerk in the Courtroom know you need only to make a payment or take care of other business at the Service Counter.

Court Sessions Begin:

Monday / Wednesday / Friday - 9:00 AM

Night Court Begins:

Tuesday / Thursday - 5:30 PM

The public is welcome at any time in City Court. Defendants are also welcome to appear in court and speak with the Judge regarding their citation(s), during the court's regular hours of operation. However, if pleading not guilty, you must appear on your scheduled court date. If you cannot appear on your scheduled court date, please contact our office and we will gladly reset your case on a date that is convenient for you and the citing Officer.

DIRECTIONS TO CITY COURT

City Court is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue in the Safety Building with the Knoxville Police Department. The Safety Building is located behind the Civic Coliseum. Also, E Church St turns into Howard Baker Jr. Avenue. Free parking is available in the parking lot in front of the building.
Get directions to City Court

CITY COURT & GENERAL SESSIONS COURT


Is your ticket "PINK" or "YELLOW"? If so, and your ticket was issued in Knoxville, then you should probably be checking with General Sessions Court, not City Court. (Of course, if you are 17 years of age or younger, then you should go to Juvenile Court.) The standard color of a defendant's copy of a City Court Citation is GREEN!

Someone comes to City Court whose case is scheduled for General Sessions Court almost daily, and people show up over there who should be here. So, please read your ticket/Citation carefully. Note the following primary differences:

CITY COURT GENERAL SESSIONS
- "Green"
- Citations
- Knoxville Police Dept.
- plus UT Police & Codes Officers
- Located at SAFETY Bldg. w/KPD (next to Civic Coliseum)
- "Pink" or "Yellow" Citations*
- Sheriff's Dept. (County Police) & TN State Troopers
- Located at CITY/COUNTY Bldg.
- May be Arrested or have Booking Date 

* KPD may also issue a Citation for General Sessions Court. When this occurs, KPD will cite the defendant with violation of a State Code (law) instead of a City Ordinance; the 'green' KPD Citation form will still be used.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability. The Tennessee Judicial Branch does not permit discrimination against any individual on the basis of physical or mental disability in accessing its judicial programs. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if necessary, the Tennessee Judicial Branch will provide reasonable modifications in order to access all of its programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

If you need assistance, have questions or need additional information, please contact your Local Judicial Program ADA Coordinator.

STEPHANIE BREWER COOK

City of Knoxville
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-215-2037
CourtADAC@knoxvilletn.gov

If you need assistance, have questions or need additional information, you may also contact the Tennessee Judicial Program ADA Coordinator:

ADA COORDINATOR
511 Union Street, Ste. 600
Nashville, TN 37219
615-741-2687 OR 800-448-7970
adacoordinator@tncourts.gov


 The Tennessee Judicial Branch Americans with Disabilities Act Policy Regarding Access to Judicial Programs, as well as a Request for Modification form may be found online at www.tncourts.gov.

CONTACT INFO

Email questions or comments about City Court issues to citycourt@knoxvilletn.gov.

If needing info regarding a citation, make sure and include your name, address, date of birth, the name on the citation, citation number, citation issue date, and general comments.