Part 2 Private Investigators Licensing and Regulatory Act 62-26-201 – 62-26-229
Part 3 Private Investigation and Polygraph Commission 62-26-301 – 62-26-305

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 62 > Chapter 26 - Private Investigators

  • Branch office: means any office of an investigations company within this state other than its principal place of business within this state. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
  • Commission: means the private investigation and polygraph commission. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance or the commissioner's designee. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Identification card: means a pocket card issued by the commissioner evidencing that the holder has met the qualifications required by this part to perform the duties of a private investigator in this state. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
  • Investigations company: means any person who engages in the business or accepts employment to obtain or furnish information with reference to:

    1. Crime or wrongs done or threatened against the United States or any state or territory of the United States. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    2. Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
    3. Licensee: means any investigations company and private investigator licensed in accordance with this part. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    4. Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
    5. Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
    6. Person: means any individual, firm, association, company, partnership, corporation, nonprofit organization, institution or similar entity. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    7. Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    8. Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
    9. Principal corporate officer: means the chief executive officer, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or comptroller, as well as any other responsible officer or executive employee who performs functions for the corporation corresponding to those performed by the chief executive officer, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or comptroller. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    10. Private investigator: means any person who performs one (1) or more services described in subdivision (6). See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    11. Private special deputy: means a person who is employed and compensated by a resort area owner or management company to act as security and law enforcement for the resort area and whose qualifications and training requirements are equivalent to or superior to those required for a law enforcement officer under the standards established by the peace officer standards and training commission for law enforcement officers. See Tennessee Code 38-8-101
    12. Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    13. Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
    14. Qualifying agent: means a principal corporate officer meeting the qualifications set forth in this part for operating an investigations company. See Tennessee Code 62-26-202
    15. Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
    16. Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    17. Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
    18. Special deputy: means any person who is assigned specific police functions as to the prevention and detection of crime and general laws of this state on a volunteer basis, whether working alone or with other police officers. See Tennessee Code 38-8-101
    19. State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    20. Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
    21. United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    22. written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
    23. Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105