General Sessions Criminal Court is held on Tuesdays promptly at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise notified. Please give yourself plenty of time to go through the metal detectors and be seated before court starts.
Worthless checks are a drain on the bottom line of any business whether it's large or small. Follow these easy steps to get the law to help you collect:
Notify the check writer with a certified letter giving them 10 days to pick up the bad check. If the check is over $500, the letter must be sent certified mail, return receipt. After ten (10) days have elapsed with no payment from the check writer, the merchant/individual can begin the process of prosecution.
Submit a completed and sworn affidavit of complaint, available at the Sheriff's Department, accompanied by the original worthless check, a copy of the ten (10) day letter and a copy of the certified mail receipt, if required, to a Judicial Commissioner (who will be contacted by the Sheriff's Department).
Affidavits of complaint can be filed at the White County Sheriff's Department: 111 Depot Street, Suite 4, Sparta, TN 38583. White County Sheriff's Department phone: 931-836-2700