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State of Tennessee

History of Reform Efforts: Tennessee

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

1977
Voters rejected by a margin of 55% to 45% a proposal to include the Tennessee Plan in the state constitution.

1996
The commission on the future of the Tennessee judicial system issued a ninety-two page report recommending a complete overhaul of the Tennessee judiciary. The 34-member commission, which was made up of lawyers, laypersons, and judges, called for consolidating all trial courts and reducing the number of judicial districts. The commission also endorsed staggered terms for supreme court justices and the need for merit selection at all levels of the Tennessee judiciary.