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New way to pick TN judges proposed

Former Senior Director

A state senator proposed a constitutional amendment to alter the way the members of the state’s three appellate courts are selected. The proposal calls for a modified federal selection process, where judges are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the senate for eight year terms, subject to reappointment. The Tennessee Plan is set to expire in 2012, so some type of legislative action must be taken. The speaker of the house responded by calling for the house of representatives to have a role in judges’ confirmation, and the Governor Haslam expressed openness to the proposal.

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