Judicial Response to COVID-19

The Criminal Courts remain open.  Some "in-person" proceedings are limited as part of the Judiciary's response to COVID-19.   Please click the button below to find out more about how the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court are addressing these issues.

To connect with video-conference proceedings, please click here.

Public and Media Access to Court Proceedings

The Criminal Court remains committed to ensuring public access to its video-conference proceedings during the pandemic.   Please visit the Second Division's calendar here.   There you will see what cases are scheduled, as well as a link to the video conference "room" where the case will be heard.

Court Calendar

 The Second Division has a substantial docket with a number of important matters.  

For the convenience of the public, the more significant trials, hearings, and court events are on the Court's informal calendar.  

Next Court Dates

If you need to know a next court date, please click here.   

The Court's full and official docket may be found here or obtained from Vince Dean's Criminal Court Clerk's office at 423-209-7500.

About the Second Division

What is the Hamilton County Criminal Court?

The Hamilton County Criminal Court in Chattanooga hears felony and misdemeanor criminal cases after the grand jury has brought charges.  The Court also hears appeals from the Court of General Sessions, as well as from various municipal courts in Hamilton County.

All who appear before the Court—including victims, the accused, witnesses, jurors, and lawyers—will be guaranteed equal and just administration according to law and the assurance of being treated with dignity and respect.   

A priority of the Criminal Court is the protection of the community's safety and property. Important to these protections is a firm and fair adherence to the rule of law, including respect for our Constitutional values.  These are the foundational principles for the Criminal Court.

History of the Second Division

The Hamilton County Criminal Court was first established by a private act of the Tennessee General Assembly in 1901.  The Second Division was created on February 4, 1929, and seven judges have since presided in the Division.  

The judges who have presided in the Second Division include 

Judge Tom Greenholtz has presided in the Second Division since 2015.

Additional Information


Drug Recovery Court

Please visit this page for more information relating to the Hamilton County Drug Recovery Court, including its mission, team members, admission criteria, and much more!  

Please also visit this page for more information on the new Sessions Recovery Court program established in the General Sessions Court as well!


Do you have general questions about the Second Division, including questions about Judicial Preferences?  

If so, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to the more common queries.


Do you need transcripts from a court hearing?  If so, please click here to contact our official court reporter.

Jury Duty

Have you received a summons for Jury Duty?  Please visit the website for Larry L. Henry, Circuit Court Clerk, for more information.

Media and Public Information

Do you have questions about media coverage of events in the Second Division?  If so, please visit this page.