Municipal Court

In November 2019, Mr. Kim Koratsky was named Lakeland Municipal Judge


Judge Koratsky was previously Deputy County Attorney/Chief Litigation Attorney for Shelby County. He also served as interim deputy and senior assistant county attorney. He was a partner in labor and employment with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP and an associate with Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Cantrell.

His law degree is from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois, Springfield.

TN Supreme Court Approves Lakeland Municipal Court Plan for Opening In-Person Proceedings (link)

Tammi Ware-Staggs

Tammi Ware-Staggs,

City Court Clerk

Phone: 901-867-2717
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To contact City Hall, please call 901-867-2717.


Archives...Judge Taylor A. Cates

Taylor A. Cates was selected as the first Municipal Judge of Lakeland and served for little over a year.

He handled judicial matters within the City on cases involving a violation of laws and ordinances. Also among the job duties were to administer oaths, issue summons and subpoenas as necessary, report to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) and other tasks as required.

In November 2018, there was a first reading on an ordinance amending Lakeland’s code to implement a City municipal court. At the time, the current process to deal with City code violations was lengthy. It started with a courtesy citation and could go all the way to Shelby County Environmental Court.

Lakeland’s own municipal court speeds up the timetable. Most citizens take care of the issues but 10 to 15 percent don’t go so smoothly.

It takes time to get on (now former) Judge Larry Potter’s docket and then the case can be continued. The ordinance amendment was approved in December 2018.

Final day for Judge Cates, as Lakeland’s Municipal Judge, 10/24/19

First court case heard in Lakeland, 10/17/18.