John Bratcher, Clerk and Master - Appointed
Judicial Building, Suite 302
20 Public Square North
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7860
Fax: (615) 849-9553
Local Rules for the Chancery & Circuit Courts (PDF)
Guardianship/Conservatorship Handbook (PDF)
So Now You are a Conservator/Guardian Handbook (PDF)
Pendente Lite Hearings Handbook (PDF)
Recommended web sites for self help procedures for filing a divorce, parental disputes and information about child support services:
• Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
• State of Tennessee Child Support Services
The Chancery Court is a Trial Court of general original jurisdiction of all cases of an equitable nature, where the debt or demand exceeds fifty dollars; and every matter of equitable cognizance above said amount is presumed to be within its inherent jurisdiction as a Court of Equity. Established by the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Chancery Court has original jurisdiction as a Court of Equity.
Established by the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Chancery Court has original jurisdiction over certain other matters, as assigned to it by the legislature, some of them exclusively, others concurrently with the Circuit Court. The Chancery Court collects and distributes child support, collects delinquent property taxes for the county and the cities of Murfreesboro, LaVergne and Smyrna, and administers conservatorships and investment of litigant funds paid into the court's registry. The Clerk and Master is the principal administrative aide to the Chancery Court, providing assistance in the areas of courtroom administration and records management, docket maintenance, revenue management, maintenance of court minutes, official communication, and various other court-associated duties. The Clerk and Master is appointed by the Chancellor for a six-year term pursuant to the state constitution.