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Expiring state commission wants to select judge candidates months early

June 9, 2013 :: Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee s Judicial Nominating Commission, which will cease to exist at the end of this month, is moving to play its role in naming successors to three appeals court judges who have announced they will retire more than a year from now.

Editorial: Legislature must fix mess it made for judicial branch

May 31, 2013 :: Knoxville News Sentinel
The surprise announcement that Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph M. Tipton and Court of Appeals Judge Patricia J. Cottrell will step down next year highlights one of the Legislature s failures during the past session.

Two judges decide not to seek re-election

May 28, 2013 :: The Tennessean
Court of Appeals Judge Patricia J. Cottrell and Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph M. Tipton have announced they will not seek re-election next year. Cottrell, a former Metro law director who has sat on the Court of Appeals since 1998, and Tipton, the presiding judge over the Court of...

Lawyers Overwhelmingly Support Tennessee Plan

March 26, 2013 :: The Tennessee Bar Association
NASHVILLE, March 26, 2013 Eighty-three percent of Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) members support maintaining the present plan for merit selection, performance evaluation and retention election of appellate judges, known as The Tennessee Plan, according to the TBA 2013 Member Survey. Non-member lawyers also surveyed by the group favor the present...

Tennessee House Passes Judicial-Selection Measure

March 15, 2013 :: the National Review
Earlier this week, by a vote of 78 14, the Tennessee house of representatives approved a constitutional amendment adopting a modified version of the federal method for selecting appellate judges. The amendment must now be approved by Tennessee voters on the November 2014 ballot. We are grateful to Governor Bill...

Tennessee Senate approves judicial selection amendment

February 21, 2013 :: Times Free Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor s appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee. The chamber voted 29-2 today in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. If the resolution passes the House...

Keep judge selection apolitical, save jobs

February 18, 2013 :: The Journal News

Tennessee Senate Votes on Judicial-Selection Amendment Next Week

February 14, 2013 :: the National Review
The Tennessee senate delayed a vote for one week early today on a constitutional amendment (SJR 2, nicknamed the Founders Plan ) which would abolish Tennessee s current method of judicial selection, the Missouri Plan. Instead, the state constitution would call for appointments by the governor with confirmation by the...