About Us

The Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell is an elected official who serves for a term of four years and is responsible for all filings, processing and final disposition of cases, which include several phases of the Civil and Criminal law procedures in the Juvenile, General Sessions (Civil & Criminal), Circuit Civil and Circuit Criminal Courts. The Circuit Court Clerk employs Chief Deputies and several deputy clerks in each court in order to fulfill the requirement to attend court sessions and perform all clerical functions of each court.




        Rutherford County is among the fastest growing counties in the State of Tennessee. The rapid rise in population has caused our current Judicial Building to become overcrowded and ineffective in serving our customers. To better serve our citizens of Rutherford County our local government embarked on the construction of a new Judicial Center, with safety and security being first priority.

          As we near the completion date of this project, we would like to announce our established move dates. Below is a list of dates the buildings will be closed to ensure this process will be completed as safely and smoothly as possible. We apologize ahead of time for any inconvenience this may cause.

          Friday, April 27th, 2018            *Building Closing at Noon*

          Monday, April 30th, 2018        *Building Closed*

          Tuesday, May 1st, 2018            *Building Closed*

          Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018     *Building Closed*

          Thursday, May 3rd, 2018          *Building Closed*

          Friday, May 4th, 2018                *Building Closed*

The new Judicial Center will open to the public Monday, May 7th, 2018.

We appreciate your patience during this process.



            As of July 6th, 2017 Melissa Harrell and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is excited to announce that we are now offering a web inquiry service that will allow you to search and view case information on our civil, criminal and traffic cases in both General Sessions and Circuit Courts

            Our web inquiry service was designed to be offered by a subscription service fee only. Some Clerk’s Offices throughout the state are charging subscription fees as much as $350 annually, however, Melissa has opted to provide our customers with this service free of charge. By offering the service free of charge, it will allow us to better serve of community by providing access to the information our citizens need.

                To access these court records, you will need to follow these steps:

                Navigate your browser to

                Click “Subscription Login” (in the upper-right corner)

                Then use the following username and password to log in:

                          Username: rccourts

                        Password: records

            We hope you enjoy having access to our web inquiry service. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.




    As of October 11th, 2017 Melissa Harrell and the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk's Office is please to announce that they are now accepting credit cards and online payments. To make a payment online please see the side bar of this page and select the "Online Payments" section. And as always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.


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