Tennessee Criminal Court
Tennessee Criminal Courts are trial courts with jurisdiction over criminal matters in Tennessee. They may also hear misdemeanor appeals from lower courts. There are Criminal Courts in 13 of the state's 31 judicial districts, and 29 Criminal Court judges. In districts without a Criminal Court, criminal cases are heard by the Circuit Court. 
Method of selection and term of judges
Criminal Court judges participate in partisan elections and serve eight year terms. If a vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a replacement from a list generated by the Nominating Commission. The replacement fills the remainder of the unexpired term, then runs in the next general election.