Court Amends Judge Recusal Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court amended Rule 10B, Section 2 that sets out the procedures for seeking the disqualification or recusal of a judge. The rule provides that a party seeking the disqualification or recusal of a judge must file a written motion stating the specific grounds for disqualification or recusal and that the judge must then act promptly on the motion by written order. Section 2.07 now provides for a discretionary appeal to the Supreme Court following an intermediate court's decision in a recusal appeal. The Tennessee Bar Association submitted the only comment on the proposed rule change.

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