Municipal Court


The Lakeland Municipal Court’s mission is to provide access to a fair and impartial judicial system that is dedicated to administering justice with the utmost respect, integrity, and professionalism, all in an effective and efficient manner, while ensuring that pubic trust and confidence in the judicial system is upheld.

We are here to serve and assist you. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to Email Tammi Ware-Staggs.

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.

COVID-19 Precautions

In June, 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court approved the Lakeland Municipal Court’s plan for reopening in-person proceedings. The full text of the Order can be found here. Until further notice, COVID-19 precautions include:

  • All persons entering City Hall for court will be asked to wear face covering (which the City can provide), have their temperature taken, and sign in prior to entering the building.  
  • All persons should socially distance (at least six feet) at all times.
  • Any person who believes they are at risk due to the virus, are exhibiting any symptoms, or have been exposed to the virus within the previous 14 days should call the court clerk at (901) 867-2717 for a continuance to a future court date. 
  • Entry to the courtroom will be limited to a maximum of ten (10) people in the courtroom at any time (excluding the judge, court clerk, and City witness(es).  All persons will be asked to wear face covering while in the courtroom and socially distance.
  • In the event the number of cases on the docket would cause more than 10 persons to be in the courtroom, or a defendant feels uncomfortable being in the courtroom until his or her case is called, defendant(s) may provide their cell number to the Clerk and will be called in from the parking lot when their case is ready to be heard. 


Court Rules and Conduct

General court rules include:

  • No weapons are allowed.
  • Please dress appropriately and in a manner showing respect for the court.
  • All persons, bags, and packages are subject to search.
  • Do not stand or talk in the courtroom unless addressing the court or other court personnel.
  • Speak quietly in the lobby while court is in session.
  • All cell phones, pagers, radios or other electronic devices must be silenced.
  • No texting is allowed inside the courtroom.
  • No filming, video, or photographs unless authorized in advance by the judge.
  • Do not approach the judge’s bench without being summoned.

Tammi Ware-Staggs

Tammi Ware-Staggs,

City Court Clerk

Phone: 901-867-2717
Email Tammi Ware-Staggs

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



Lakeland Municipal Court, halted due to COVID-19, can reopen, says TN Supreme Court – June 10, 2020

That’s a Wrap for Econo Lodge and City code compliance – February 19, 2020

Two familiar cases in Lakeland this morning – December 18, 2020

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

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