Greene County Chancery Court and the Clerk & Master’s Office
|The Greene County Clerk & Master’s Office maintains all the Chancery Court files, as well as processes the filings and payments for the Greene County Chancery Court and its Probate Division.
Lawsuits filed in the Clerk & Master’s Office include, but are not limited to, the following types: decedents’ estates, conservatorships / guardianships, real estate matters, partition suits, contract disputes, workers’ compensation, name changes, divorces, child custody, paternity, adoptions, child support enforcement and appeals from lower courts.
Additionally, the Clerk & Master’s Office collects delinquent property taxes (real and personal) for the Town of Greeneville and Greene County, as well as oversees the delinquent property tax sales.
Chancery Court is a Court with equity jurisdiction and has concurrent jurisdiction with Circuit Court:
‘For descriptive purposes, the jurisdiction of the Chancery Court of Tennessee may be referred to as equitable or statutory. Even though the work “Chancery” is equivalent to “equity,” the Court, … has been vested with jurisdiction over many subjects and in many areas not inherently equitable; and for this reason it is necessary to emphasize the dichotomy. In 1984, the Tennessee Legislature undertook a reorganization of the trial court system but was careful to declare that “nothing in this part shall be construed as altering, diminishing or abolishing Chancery Court or the constitutional and historical distinctions between Chancery and Circuit Court.” ‘ See Henry R. Gibson, Gibson’s Suits in Chancery – revised and brought to date by William H. Inman, page 1-2, (8th ed. 2004) and Tennessee Code Annotated 16-2-501(b).
According to Article 6, §13, of the Constitution for the State of Tennessee, “…Chancellors shall appoint their clerks and masters, who shall hold their offices for six years. …” See TN Const. Art. 6, § 13 & Tennessee Code Annotated 18-5-101.
Quick Resource Links
Greene County Courthouse; Lower Level
101 South Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37743
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.