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Tennessee Town of Nolensville v. King, 151 S.W.3d 427, 433 (Tenn. 2004); TN Const. Art. 6, § 14; case law What authority do county or municipal courts have to set fines or fees? The Tennessee constitution does not allow a county or municipal court to set a fine or fee greater than $50 without a trial by jury.
"Accordingly, for the reasons stated herein, we hold that Article VI, section 14 of the Tennessee Constitution prohibits a municipal court judge from imposing fines in excess of fifty dollars
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for a violation of a municipal ordinance, absent a valid waiver of the defendant's Article VI, section 14 right."
Fines and fees