Tennessee in the United States

Legal Materials

Lexis posts a free, unannotated edition of the Tennessee Code. Internet links to Tennessee government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw. Subscription services Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in West’s South Western Reporter.

To check on the status of a pending bill, pull up the Bill’s page on the General Assembly website.

For a discussion of Tennessee law, see Tennessee Jurisprudence (available on Lexis) and/or Tennessee Practice (available on Westlaw).

For questions about Tennessee legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the Tennessee State Law Library (901-423-5849), the University of Tennessee Law Library (423-974-6571) and/or Vanderbilt University’s law library (615-322-2568).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the Tennessee Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Tennessee jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Tennessee statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Tennessee Statutes
  • TN Cases & Case Law
  • Tennessee Legal Websites
  • TN State Government Info
  • Tennessee Counties
  • Tennessee Cities
  • Tennessee Legislation
  • TN Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Tennessee Legal Forms
  • Tennessee Courts
  • TN State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Tennessee Law Enforcement
  • Tennessee Media Sources


See Also

Tennessee: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Tennessee. This part provides references, in relation to Tennessee, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Tennessee by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Tennessee and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Tennessee or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Tennessee and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Tennessee. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Tennessee should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Tennessee when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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