Appeals Court

Appeals Court

The Court of Appeals hears appeals from lower courts and some state boards and commissions. This court only hears civil, not criminal, cases. The Court of Appeals has 12 judges, who divide into groups, called panels, of 3 judges to hear appeals in Jackson, Knoxville and Nashville. They may meet in other parts of the state, if needed.

There are no juries, witnesses, or testimonies at this level. But the lawyers may present written and oral arguments. If the losing side is unhappy with the decision, it may appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeals judges are elected and evaluated every 8 years. The evaluations are printed in state newspapers to help voters decide whether to keep or replace the judges.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has 12 judges, who divide into panels of 3 judges to hear appeals of criminal misdemeanor or felony cases. The court hears cases in Jackson, Knoxville and Nashville. They may meet in other parts of the state, if needed.

There are no juries, witnesses, or testimonies at this level. But the lawyers may present written and oral arguments. If the losing side is unhappy with the decision, it may appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court. If the case involves the death penalty, it will be appealed automatically.

The Court of Criminal Appeals judges are elected and evaluated every 8 years. The evaluations are printed in state newspapers to help voters decide whether to keep or replace the judges.