Chancery Court

Chancery Court has jurisdiction of actions involving fraud, specific performance contracts, reformation, recission or surrender of written instruments; dissolution of partnerships; actions for controlling or overseeing the assets of persons under disability; actions for the redemption of land, construction and enforcement of wills or trusts.

JEFFERSON COUNTY CHANCERY COURT
P. O. Box 5, 202 W. Main St., Second Floor
Dandridge, TN  37725
Email: chancerycourt@jeffersoncountytn.gov

CHANCELLOR:     
Telford E. Forgety, Jr.
P. O. Box 1370
Dandridge, TN  37725

Office Phone Number:  865-397-3497
FAX Phone Number:    865-397-8981

CLERK & MASTER:
Nancy C. Humbard

OFFICE STAFF:
Pat Thornton
Debbie Miller

Office Phone Number:  865-397-2404
FAX Phone Number:     865-397-5645


Links:  www.tsc.state.tn.us/

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I represent myself in Court (particularly in a divorce action)?
Yes, all citizens have the right to represent themselves in Court.  

2.  Are forms available from the Court for filing a divorce?

No, pro se litigants must prepare their own paperwork, and are responsible for its correctness and compliance with Tennessee law.

    
QUESTIONS RELATING TO DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX SALES

1. When are the sales held?  And Where?
The sale date is set by the Delinquent Tax Attorney for the County, but not more frequently that once a year. 

2.  How do I place a bid on the property?

The sale is a public auction, held at the Courthouse, and all bidders must appear in person and register as a bidder prior to the sale.

3.  When can I get a list of the property that will be sold
?
A list will be published in the Standard-Banner 30 to 45 days prior to the sale.  It is the responsibility of the bidder to make an investigation as to all matters concerning the property.

4. When do I take possession of the property?

Pursuant to Statute, the owner(s) has one (l) year from confirmation of the sale by the Chancery Court to redeem the property.  Should the owner choose to redeem the property, the purchaser at the sale will receive the amount of his bid plus 10% per annum, and will also be reimbursed for any additional taxes paid at the time of the purchase.

5. Will I be required to make payment the day of the sale?

Yes, payment is required the day of the sale, either by check, cashier’s check or personal check.

C
hancellor Telford E. Forgety, Jr.

Telford E. Forgety, Jr., is the presiding Chancellor of  Chancery Court in the Fourth Judicial District, and serves Jefferson, Sevier, Cocke, Grainger and Blount Counties.  He was appointed to the Bench in l997 to fill the term of the late Chester S. Rainwater, Jr., who retired after serving as Chancellor from 1978 until his retirement in l997.  Chancellor Forgety was elected to the Bench for a 6-year term in the year 2000. 

Nancy C. Humbard is the Clerk & Master of Jefferson County Chancery Court, having been appointed to that position January 1, 1994.  She is currently in her second term as Clerk and Master.

The system and procedure of Chancery Court constituted a part of the law our ancestors brought with them from England.  When North Carolina became a state, this Chancery system was recognized and incorporated into the Constitution.  Later, when Tennessee, then a part of North Carolina, became a State, Congress made North Carolina laws our laws.

Through the years, the State of Tennessee has fully recognized Chancery Court and its administration fully provided for, although some simplification and modernization has been accomplished.

Chancery means “equity,” and equity defined is “that which is naturally right” and denotes the characteristic of fairness.  Hence, matters decided by the Chancellor are decided on not only the law, if a law exists, but also on maxims of right and remedy. 

Chancery Court has jurisdiction of :

Actions involving fraud, specific performance contracts, reformation, recission or surrender of written instruments; dissolution of partnerships; actions for controlling or overseeing the assets of persons under disability; actions for the redemption of land, construction and enforcement of wills or trusts. 

In addition, Chancery Court, being also a Court of law, alongside the Circuit Court, has jurisdiction of civil actions such as divorce matters, but generally not cases involving claims for damages due to personal injury.  While a jury can be demanded for Chancery matters, jury trials are almost exclusively Circuit Court cases.