Committee on the Judiciary

This committee was formed in 2013.

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Nashville, TN 37201

Court Amends Judicial Recusal Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court last week issued an order amending Rule 10B of its rules, which governs the procedures for seeking disqualification, recusal or a determination of constitutional or statutory incompetence of a judge, justice or other judicial officer. The adopted amendments were revised after a comment period to address concerns raised by the TBA about appellate courts' handling of motions for court review.

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Board of Judicial Conduct Reprimands Atherton

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has publicly reprimanded Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton regarding an order he issued on Aug. 28 in a divorce case. Atherton initially denied a heterosexual couple’s request to divorce, saying it was up to the U.S. Supreme Court to define what was not a marriage after the Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex marriage case. The Dec. 18 letter says that in a meeting with the Disciplinary Counsel, Atherton indicated that he may have been in error entering the Order and that the error “could have been misunderstood by the public as undermining its confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the Judiciary…” 

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