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Monday, December 16, 2013

Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy Attracts Few Applicants

Tennessee currently has a Missouri Plan system in which a 17-member nominating commission sends finalists names to the governor who then picks the next justice on the state supreme court. 

Only five people applied for the currently-vacant position and the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments identified three finalists. Gov. Bill Haslam will select the next justice.

The Tennessee legislature approved a proposed constitutional amendment to select its supreme court through a federal model system of  gubernatorial appointment subject to legislative confirmation.
In November 2014, the states voters will decide whether to adopt this amendment, which has the support of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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