440 George Fraley Parkway, Box 4; Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: (931) 967-2843 Fax: (931) 968-2425
Franklin County Chancery Court is in the 12th Judicial District which consists of six counties: Franklin, Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie. Melissa Thomas Willis is the Chancellor presiding over our Judicial District.
Chancery Court is a Court of equity, having concurrent jurisdiction with Circuit Court in actions such as divorces and other civil cases, excluding unliquidated damages. Jury trials are not a common occurrence in Chancery Court, but are conducted when demanded.
Chancery Court also collects delinquent property taxes. After all legal requirements are met, we will then conduct a Tax Sale, selling all properties with unpaid delinquent taxes.
July 1, 2014, Probate Court will be transferred from General Sessions Court to Chancery Court. We will be in the learning process for several weeks, but will strive to provide the same efficient and courteous service you have become accustomed to from the staff in Mr. Baggett’s office. See more details about some changes under the PROBATE COURT page.
The Clerk and Master and Deputy Clerks in Chancery Court strive to assist the legal community and the general public in an efficient, courteous, and timely manner. By law Clerks are not permitted to give legal advice, but will do their best to generally explain the Court process and procedures.
On this website you will find Pre-Trial Requirements specific to practicing in the 12th Judicial District Chancery Courts. You will also be able to access information regarding Franklin County Docket Call dates; daily Court dockets; forms; directions to our Judicial Center, and information relating to security and dress code. The information provided herein should answer most questions you have regarding Chancery Court. If you do not find the information you are seeking, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tappy Bailey, Clerk and Master