General Sessions Court Practice in Tennessee: Bringing and Defending Civil Lawsuits

Professor Larry Pivnick has published a much needed book for judges, lawyers, and pro se litigants in General Sessions civil trials. You are (or should be) familiar with Pivnick on Tennessee Circuit Court Practice, an indispensable treatise I reviewed in the June 2004 issue of this Journal. Larry exhibits the same blend of scholarship and practical experience in his new work.

How are comparative fault amendments handled in Sessions? See page 68, discussing Tenn. Code Ann.  §16-15-735. Can you take a nonsuit in Sessions, where Civil Rule of Procedure 41 does not apply? Yes. See page 78, discussing Tenn. Code Ann.  §16-15-707. Do the Tennessee Rules of Evidence apply in Sessions? Yes, and chapter 12 contains a helpful basic summary of those rules. An appendix of forms is included.

To order this useful book, mail your name and address plus a $90 check payable to Lawrence A. Pivnick to his address at 5169 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. You (and your clients) will be glad you did.


Don Paine DONALD F. PAINE is a past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and is of counsel to the Knoxville firm of Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers LLP. He lectures for the Tennessee Law Institute, BAR/BRI Bar Review, Tennessee Judicial Conference, and UT College of Law.