Chancery Court


During this time of social distancing during the COVID-19 public health emergency, you can email or FAX filings without fee for ongoing cases to Sarah Lawson at For more information call 788-1450.

The Washington County Chancery Court is a civil court of record.  It has jurisdiction, which includes inherent equitable and statutorily mandated jurisdiction, to hear and decide numerous types of cases. The Washington County Chancery Court includes the Chancery Division and the Probate Division. 
The Chancery Division handles matters over which the chancery courts of Tennessee have jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, the following types of cases:

  • divorces (agreed and contested)
  • adoptions and legitimation
  • contract disputes
  • conservatorships and guardianships
  • name changes
  • boundary disputes
  • appointment and removal of trustees
  • proceedings in aid of execution
  • worker’s compensation
  • suits on foreign judgments

The Probate Division of Washington County Chancery Court, pursuant to Statute and Local Rules, receives filings with respect to the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  The Clerk and Master, Sarah Lawson, oversees the administration of probate matters, and performs many of the functions formerly reserved to the county judge, subject to the review and approval of the Chancellors.
For questions regarding the probate of an estate, please contact the Probate Division at (423) 753-1623.

Contact Information:

Chancellor John Rambo
George Jaynes Justice Center
Mailing Address
108 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 2157
Jonesborough, TN 37659
E-mail: (423) 788-1436

Chancery Court
Sarah Lawson, Clerk & Master
George Jaynes Justice Center
Mailing Address
108 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 2157
Jonesborough, TN 37659
E-mail: (423) 788-1450