Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 47: Commercial Instruments and Transactions

Chapter 14: Interest Rates Generally

Part 1: General Provisions

TCA 47-14-121: Interest on judgments -- Rate.

(a) Except as set forth in subsection (c), the interest rate on judgments per annum in all courts, including decrees, shall:

(1) For any judgment entered between July 1 and December 31, be equal to two percent (2%) less than the formula rate per annum published by the commissioner of financial institutions, as required by SC 47-14-105, for June of the same year; or

(2) For any judgment entered between January 1 and June 30, be equal to two percent (2%) less than the formula rate per annum published by the commissioner of financial institutions, as required by SC 47-14-105, for December of the prior year.

(b) To assist parties and the courts in determining and applying the interest rate on judgments set forth in subsection (a) for the six-month period in which a judgment is entered, before or at the beginning of each six-month period the administrative office of the courts:

(1) Shall calculate the interest rate on judgments that shall apply for the new six-month period pursuant to subsection (a);

(2) Shall publish that rate on the administrative office of the courts' website; and

(3) Shall maintain and publish on that website the judgment interest rates for each prior six-month period going back to the rate in effect for the six-month period beginning July 1, 2012.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) or (b), where a judgment is based on a statute, note, contract, or other writing that fixes a rate of interest within the limits provided in SC 47-14-103 for particular categories of creditors, lenders or transactions, the judgment shall bear interest at the rate so fixed.

History: Acts 1979, ch. 203, SC 20; 1981, ch. 263, SC 1; 2008, ch. 655, SC 1; 2012, ch. 1043, SC 1.