In 1983, the City of Memphis created the Shelby County Environmental Court, a new division of City Court to handle violations of its health, fire, building, and zoning codes. In 1991, the Tennessee Legislature created the Shelby County Environmental Court and gave it the authority to issue conjunctive orders in aid of its jurisdiction. The Court could now order compliance with the law, both to remedy the problem at hand and to prevent future violations from arising.

However, recently a federal lawsuit has been filed against Shelby County Environmental court claiming the court “illegally forced two homeowners out of their own homes that they’d live in for decades.”

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