Cordova, TN asked in Personal Injury for Tennessee

Q: Can i go to jail for a civil warrant?

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Christopher Gilreath
Christopher Gilreath
  • Memphis, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: No. A civil warrant is a court document issued by General Sessions Court in Tennessee. it is the court designated for handling claims up to $25,000 without a jury. The use of the term "warrant" is similar to the term warrant used in criminal cases. However, the effect is very different. In essence, a civil warrant is a complaint, the document that begins a lawsuit. If you do not respond to a civil warrant, the person who issued it can get a court order granting the relief they ask for, so it is important that you not ignore the warrant. However, under no circumstance does a civil warrant give anyone the right or ability to arrest you and send you to jail.

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