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1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012

Circuit Court

Haywood County Circuit Court, 28th Judicial District
100 S. Dupree
Brownsville, TN 38012
(731) 772-1112
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Circuit Court is a court of record. The Circuit Court Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining and keeping all records and minutes of the court. This includes misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, civil cases over $25,000.00, post convictions, workers compensation, hospital liens, garnishments, executions, name changes, restoration of citizenship and foreign judgments. The court is responsible for preparing and transferring all records for cases on appeal to a higher court. The court also collects, receipts and accounts for all fines, court costs and restitution payments, which are disbursed to various agencies monthly. We offer an online payment option at There is a 4 percent charge for using this service.

The Clerk’s office provides background checks. The records are open to the public during regular office hours.

Judge Clayburn Peeples
Clayburn Peeples

Circuit Court Clerk

Mary Margaret Lonon


  • Judy Powell
  • Rena Giles
  • Sue Hardister
  • Roxie Bufford
  • Brenda Wills
  • Janet H. Rouse
  • Lillie Johnson
  • Valerie Hardville
  • Paula McCool
  • Circuit Court Staff
    Circuit Court Staff

    General Sessions

    General Sessions Court
    100 S. Dupree
    Brownsville, TN 38012
    (731) 772-1112
    Mary Margaret Lonon, Clerk
    J. R. Reid, Judge
    Criminal Division: (731) 772-1112
    Civil Division: (731) 772-1112
    Traffic Violations: (731) 772-1112
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    General Sessions Court is often the public’s first introduction to the judicial system because of its broad range of jurisdiction. Unlike Circuit Court, this court is not a court of record. The General Sessions Court Clerk’s office is responsible for filing all detainer warrants, orders of protection, evictions and small claims lawsuits. Lawsuits filed in General Sessions cannot be more than $25,000.00. The Clerk’s office also processes and maintains the records on all state warrants, traffic citations, misdemeanor court hearings and felony preliminary court hearings. We have the responsibility for collecting, receipting and accounting for all costs, fines and restitution. This office is a fee office and we collect fees which are disbursed to various state and county agencies on a monthly basis. We offer an online payment option at There is a 4 percent charge for using this service.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    • Q: Do I need an attorney to represent me in General Sessions Civil Court?
      A: No, in General Sessions Court you may represent yourself unless you are filing for a corporation.

    • Q: What happens if my traffic ticket or citation is not paid on time?
      A: Your ticket will be sent to the Department of Safety and they will suspend your driver’s license.

    • Q: How do I get my license reinstated after they are suspended?
      A: You must pay all outstanding tickets and reinstatement fees. Cost will vary due to state charges for reinstatement fees.

    • Q: What is a civil warrant?
      A: A civil warrant is a money judgment that is not to exceed $25,000.00.

    • Q: What is a detainer warrant?
      A: This warrant is used in civil court to evict a renter or to collect rent that is due.

    • Q: What is a warrant to recover?
      A: This warrant is used to recover personal property from someone or to collect a money judgment.

    • Q: Who qualifies for a Protection Order?
      A: To qualify for a Protection Order you have to show signs or recent physical abuse or to have a recent threat against your life. The person has to be of some relation to you or you must have been involved in a relationship with them.

    General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge

    Judge J. Roland Reid

    J. Roland Reid, Judge of the Haywood County General Sessions / Juvenile Court is a life-long resident of Haywood County. Judge Reid obtained a B.S. degree in Agriculture with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1981 where he was a pre-veterinary medicine major. He obtained his law degree in 1986 from the University of Memphis. He was in private practice in Brownsville until 1993 when he was appointed as the General Sessions Judge. He was then elected to the position in 1994, re-elected in 1998 and again in 2006. He also served as the City Court Judge of Brownsville for 12 years and recently resigned from that position when he obtained a full time judgeship with the county.

    100 S. Dupree
    Brownsville, TN 38012
    (731) 772-1112
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Judge’s Office is located in the Justice Complex at 100 S Dupree
    731-772-2176 / 731-772-1435
    Fax 731-772-3864

    Judge's Staff:

    • Tracy Nichols, Administrative Assistant to Judge Reid

      Tracy has been with Judge Reid since 1998.

      Duties & Services:
      • Tracy is the mediator between the judge and all law enforcement, attorneys, the general public, etc.
      • She is to handle and maintain the daily court calendar, court dockets, and the judge’s schedule.
      • Operates and handle the video arraignment system daily.
      • Answers and handles all telephone calls coming into the judge’s office.
      • Set up all meetings and special appointments for the judge.
      • Set special court date for special hearing and obtain special judges in certain circumstances.
      • Prepares and distributes Court Calendar for the year to all court personnel, law enforcement, district attorney, public defenders, etc.

    • Jean Marlar, Adult Probation Officer

      Probation Office is located on East Main Street beside Carolyn’s Family Restaurant – 731-772-0467

      Duties & Services include but not limited to the following:
      • Maintains files and records for criminal offenders
      • To monitor adult criminal offenders
      • Collect fines, court costs, and restitution
      • Assist Offenders with job services
      • Assist Offender with drug and alcohol treatment
      • Drug screening of offenders on probation


    Juvenile Court Office:
    Elashia Ramsey, Youth Services Officer / County Juvenile Probation Officer
    Renae Pullen Jackson, Intensive Juvenile Probation Officer

    Weekly Court Schedule

    • Monday
      9:00 am Trooper Traffic Court and CERT (crash enforcement reduction team) Court
      1:30 pm Juvenile Court

    • Tuesday
      Mandatory Court Appearance
      9:00 am Criminal Court
      1:30 pm Criminal Court

    • Wednesday
      9:00 am Civil Court
      10:00 am Trooper Traffic Court
      1:30 pm Child Support Court

    • Thursday
      9:00 am First Thursday Every Month - Criminal Court
      Thursdays are also reserved for special court settings (DCS cases, juvenile detention hearings, etc.)


    Should you have any questions about court dates or specific citation information, please call the clerks office:
    General Sessions Court - Court Clerk is Mary Margaret Lonon

    Juvenile Court

    Haywood County Juvenile Court
    100 S. Dupree
    Brownsville, TN 38012
    (731) 772-1112


  • Judge: J. Roland Reid
  • Youth Services Officer: Elashia Ramsey
  • Intensive Probation Officer: Renae Pullen Jackson
  • Duties and Services:

  • County probation and intensive probation for juveniles
  • Referrals to other services as needed for juveniles and families
  • Monitoring of juveniles in school to insure attendance, good behavior, and successful completion of their education
  • Monitoring of juveniles’ behavior at home and in the community to help prevent further delinquent behavior
  • Provide information for juveniles and parents concerning juvenile court procedures
  • Policies Regarding Services:

    • Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
      • Discrimination is prohibited
      • Prohibited Practices include:
        • Denial of services based on race, color, national origin
        • Refusal to grant equal services to clients based on race, color, national origin
        • Impairing human dignity by manner of address or treatment
    • Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is monitored by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and The Department Of Children Services. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW.

    Court Schedule:

    • Juvenile Court: Monday 1:30pm (Delinquent and Status Offenders)
    • Child Support Court: Wednesday 1:30pm
    • Department of Children Services: Cases set as need or requested by Department of Children Services (Dependant Neglect, Child Custody, Emergency Removals, Termination/Surrenders of Parental Rights)

    References for Other Services:

    • Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center
      51 Kleer-Vu Dr.
      Brownsville, TN 38012

    • The Department of Children’s Services
      33 Old Hickory Blvd.
      Jackson, TN 38035

    • 24 Hour Child Abuse Hotline

    • Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
      Contact: Rodger Jowers
      State Office Building, Box 13
      225 Martin Luther King Dr.
      Jackson, TN 38301

    • Pathways
      114 Tambell
      Brownsville, TN 38012

    • Professional Care Services
      130 W. Main St.
      Brownsville, TN 38012

    • Maximus Child Support Services
      19 Court Sq. North
      Brownsville, TN 38012

    • WRAP (Wo/Men's Resource and Rape Assistance Program)
      45 S. Washington Ave.
      Brownsville, TN 38012
      24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8712

    Other Programs:

    • Brownsville/Haywood County Teen Court
      • The program is coordinated by Officer Barry Diebold and YSO Elashia Ramsey
      • Judge J. Roland Reid is the presiding judge
      • Teen court is a program for first time juvenile offenders.
      • Participation in teen court allows the defendant to have their case heard by a panel of their peers, receive a sentence, and complete their sentence in order to maintain a clear juvenile record.
      • The teen court panel is made up of Haywood County students selected by school and court officials.

    • Haywood County Intensive Probation
      • Intensive Probation services for Haywood County are provided by West Tennessee Community Services
      • Juveniles on this level of Probation are supervised by Renae Pullen-Jackson
      • Juveniles on Intensive Probation are expected to abided by curfews, attend a weekly group meeting, submit to random drug screens, complete community service, attend school regularly in good status, and abide by parental rules and community laws
      • Juveniles on Intensive probation have either already violated County and State Probation or their delinquent acts are serious enough that they skip the first two levels of Probation going straight to Intensive Probation (possession of drugs at school, aggravated assault etc.)
      • Intensive Probation is the last level of probation before a juvenile is committed into State custody by the Judge