Confusion Mounts About Choosing Holder’s Successor

Justice Janice Holder’s announcement yesterday that she will retire after her term ends in August 2014 has come at a time when changes in the selection process for judges are both under way and under consideration, complicating and confusing procedures for filling her seat. The announcement came too late for Tennessee’s Judicial Nominating Commission to suggest successors before the commission’s legal authority expires Sunday. Gavel Grab reports that spokespeople for Gov. Bill Haslam and the Administrative Office of the Courts have expressed that it is unclear how Justice Holder’s seat will be filled.