judicial services


circuit/general sessions court clerk

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Dana Nicholson

104 College Street

Suite 204

Centerville, TN  37033

Phone: 931-729-2211

Fax:  931-729-6141





M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Court clerks serve an important role in the operation of the court system in Tennessee. Clerks must attend each session of court with all the papers in the cases on the docket and must administer the oaths to parties and witnesses who testify in a case. Clerks usually keep minutes of the court in a well-bound book, but may keep this information in the form of a legible computer printout so long as the clerk maintains the computer printout as a permanent record. In addition, information required to be kept as a record by any government official may be maintained on CD ROM disks instead of bound books or paper records. Because court clerks deal with voluminous paperwork, the storage and retention of documents are important considerations. When a case is appealed from a court of record, the clerk compiles the record (papers) needed for the appeal, and it is extremely important that the records of the clerk's office be well-organized and accurate. Clerks maintain the rule docket and an execution docket in which all court judgments or decrees are entered in order of rendition by the court and in which all receipts and disbursements in a case are entered. Clerks also maintain indexes for all books and dockets that are kept by the office. Clerks collect state and county litigation taxes, criminal injuries compensation tax, county expense fees, funds for the impaired driver's trust fund, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation fees, misdemeanant jail per diems, fines, sheriff's fees, clerk's fees, witness fees and other items of court costs. Clerks prepare bills of costs in cases, account for these monies and make collection efforts when these amounts are unpaid.


clerk and master - chancery court

The Clerk and Master is appointed by the Circuit Judges serving as Chancellors for the Twenty-First Judicial District and serves as clerk for the chancery court and master in appropriate proceedings. Chancery Court is a court of equity with concurrent jurisdiction with circuit court of all divorce actions and of all civil cases, except those for unliquidated personal damages and unliquidated property damage not founded in contract. In Williamson County, the Chancery Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the administration of estates, including estates of decedents and estates of wards under guardianship or conservatorship. All petitions to administer an estate, probate a will, appoint a guardian for a minor, and appoint a conservator for a disabled person must be filed in Chancery Court. By local rule, petitions for adoption must be filed in Chancery Court.  All filings for divorce are handled through the Clerk and Master's office.

The Clerk and Master, as clerk of chancery court, is required by statute to keep rule and execution dockets, enter the minutes of the court, file and enter all documents, pleadings, papers, and exhibits; invest funds under the clerk's control; attend court; and perform all other duties as required by law. In all estates, annual accountings are taken and confirmed by the Clerk and Master.


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Linda Gossett

104 College Street

Suite 202

Centerville, TN  37033

Phone: 931-729-2522

Fax:  931-729-3726





M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



general sessions judge

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Amy C. Puckett

104 College Street

Suite 210

Centerville, TN  37033

Phone: 931-729-3074

Fax:  931-729-6129




M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


General Sessions Court Judge Amy Cook Puckett hears both civil and criminal cases. Civil jurisdiction is restricted to specific monetary limits and types of actions. Criminal jurisdiction is limited to preliminary hearings in felony cases and misdemeanor trials in which a defendant waives the right to a grand jury investigation and trial by jury in Circuit Court. Hickman County Juvenile Court hears both dependency/neglect cases and delinquency/unruly cases involving children.


circuit judges

Tennessee�s trial courts include Chancery, Criminal, Circuit and Probate Courts. Currently there are 142 trial and 3 probate judges within 31 judicial districts in Tennessee. Hickman County is in the Twenty-First Judicial District along with Williamson, Lewis and Perry Counties.

In the Twenty-First Judicial District, there are only Chancery and Circuit Courts. Probate matters are filed in Chancery Court and criminal matters are filed in Circuit Court. The judges of the Twenty-First Judicial District are all designated Circuit Judges. They sit as Chancellor when holding Chancery Court. There are now four divisions of the Circuit Court with a separate judge for each division.

Judge Robbie Beal sits in Division I; Judge James G. Martin, III in Division II; Judge Jeff Bivins in Division III and Judge Timothy L. Easter in Division IV.  All criminal cases are divided into Part 1 and Part 2. All civil cases, both Circuit and Chancery, are also divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Each of the judges are assigned to one of the parts, either criminal Part 1 or 2 or civil Part 1 or 2.

The judges maintain offices in the Williamson County Courthouse on the Court Square in Franklin. They may be reached by telephone at (615)790-5426. The office is staffed by 3 administrative assistants, Stacy Green, Julia Price and Debroah Rubenstein. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Judge Robbie Beal


135 Fourth Avenue South

Franklin, TN  37064

Phone: 615-790-5426

Fax:  615-790-4424





M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




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Kim R. Helper

P.O. Box 937

Franklin, TN  37065-0937

Phone: 615-794-7275

Fax: 615-794-7299





M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.