Tennessee constables get kickbacks from the state for writing citations

Constables are elected officials who operate as officers at no cost to the county. But they get a kickback from the state for writing citations, making arrests and serving court summonses. The state-based fees for each service are $1 per citation, $40 per arrest and $20 per summons. The money comes out of court costs paid by a defendant or party.

In some counties, commissioners allow constables to net more.

For example in Cocke County, constables get $22 for every citation they write. In Jefferson, they get $27.



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