In Tennessee, truancy, being disobedient of the reasonable and lawful commands of a parent or guardian, committing an offense applicable only to a child, and being a runaway are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is not specified.
Status offense cases are classified as unruly children. 81 general session and 17 private act juvenile courts have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction for the full term of the disposition order.