Interest on Municipal Court Judgments

Reference Number: MTAS-1591
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: March 20, 2019
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Tennessee Code Annotated § 47-14-121 sets forth how courts shall compute interest. The year is divided in half and potentially two different rates may apply, one rate from January 1 through June 30, and another rate from July 1 to December 31. The Legislature requires the AOC to publish the rates, as provided at http://www.tncourts.gov/node/1232344, on the Tennessee Judgment Interest Rates page. For judgments entered prior to 2012, the applicable interest rate is 10%.

How to calculate interest

  • Compute the number of days that passed between the anniversary date of order and the date they pay. Do not count the first day of the judgment.
  • Divide the number of days by 365 to get the rate amount for formula.
  • Multiply by the official Tennessee Judgment Interest Rate.

Judgment Amount x Tennessee Judgment Interest Rate x Rate Amount [ # of days divided by 365] = interest

Judgment Amount + interest= total amount owed by defendant

As of January 1, 2019, the rate is 7.45 percent.

(Note: simple Interest calculations may vary slightly depending on the number of decimal places used in the calculation. Also, interest rates may change, so always refer to the AOC website URL above. Interest is not compounded for purposes of post-judgment interest.)

MTAS has opined that this statute is self-executing and does not need an ordinance to effectuate collection of interest, in the same way that municipal courts are required to collect state litigation tax at the statutory rate of $13.75.

 

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