About Gortria Banks

With over 30 years of experience in the Criminal Justice System, Gortria has aspired and prepared herself to be the clerk of General Sessions for the past 8 years. Experienced in General Sessions Criminal and Civil Division, and Finance, Gortria is ingrained in the fiber of General Sessions. Starting as an entry level clerk back in 1989, Gortria Banks worked her way throughout every department in General Sessions to where she currently serves as the Finance Administrator.


For Gortria Banks, General Sessions isn't just a place or a job, it's home. She is passionate about the office and the people they serve. That's why she is fighting to be your next Clerk of Court. Gortria has hands-on experience in ALL aspects of the position and will hit the ground running once elected. That translates into positive improvements, and zero delay in the processes and Gortria has the integrity, temperament, educational background and most importantly, THE LEADERSHIP AND EXPERIENCE.


Gortria firmly believes that with General Sessions being the largest court in the state of Tennessee, it has the potential to change the trajectory of our communities. Her goal is to partner together with local leaders and other elected officials, to take the court to the community, increasing access to justice. Increasing the number of expungements processed will increase the number of citizens who need a fresh start get jobs with a sustainable wage. Increasing the number of licenses that have been revoked will enable citizens to get to the jobs, thereby; putting hope back into our communities.  Creating plans and options for indigent defendants for both the Civil and Criminal division, working with law makers on cash bail reform, instituting a community service program in lieu of court cost fines and fees are other issues Gortria plans to  champion, in addition to making sure that more staff are bilingual to afford equal justice to our growing Latino communities in Memphis. 


Gortria Banks is an open minded leader with humility and firmly believes that the Clerk of the Court shall be a respectful colleague, willing and able to work with all stakeholders with a good temperament. Gortria Banks has a Masters degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management. She is a Certified Public Administrator, prepping for the Certified County Financial Officer Certification and was recently spotlighted by Memphis Business Journal as a finalist for the 2019 CFO of the Year. 

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