General Sessions Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. Civil jurisdiction is limited to specific types of actions and a monetary limit of $24,999 except for Detainer Warrants, wherein the court shall have unlimited original jurisdiction; and Actions to Recover Personal Property wherein the court shall have unlimited original jurisdiction including jurisdiction to award an alternative money judgment. Criminal jurisdiction is limited to misdemeanor cases and preliminary hearings in felony cases.
Common case types include traffic citations, misdemeanor criminal cases, small claims civil court actions $24,999 and under, orders of protection, detainer warrants, and preliminary hearings.
It also hears Juvenile delinquency matters, Juvenile custody cases, and cases involving dependency and neglect or abuse.