Courts - Educating the Community

Court Procedures - Testifying in Court
     Courtroom Tips
  • Be on time. Let your attorney know you are present.
  • When testifying, speak clearly and plainly. Do not impress the Court with superior intelligence or vocabulary.
  • Describe what you saw and heard. Do not offer conclusions.
  • If there is a jury present, try to look at the jury as you are questioned.
  • If you don't understand the question, ask for clarification.
  • If you don't know the answer, tell the examiner you don't know.
  • If you don't hear the question, ask the examiner to repeat the question.
  • Refrain from using profanity unless it is a direct quote.
  • Address the Judge as, "Your Honor."
  • Do not discuss your testimony with the other witnesses.
Victims' Rights
If you are a victim of a crime, you have constitutional rights that will help you better understand what will happen in your case.
  • The right to confer with the prosecutor about your case.
  • The right to be free from harassment, intimidation and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
  • The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical states of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly.
  • The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer, or escape of the accused or convicted person.
  • The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
  • The right to restitution from the offender.
  • The right to know about each of these rights established for victims.

How Criminal Court Works

Criminal Court Diagram

408 2nd Avenue North
Justice A.A. Birch Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

District Attorney's Office - (615) 862-5500
Victim Witness Program - (615) 862-5500
Juvenile Court - (615) 862-8000

General Sessions Court
Public Square
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066

District Attorney's Office - (615) 451-5810
Sheriff's Department - (615) 452-2616
Juvenile Court - (615) 451-6016

Traffic Court
Click here for information on traffic court procedures and information.