Haslam Creates Commission for Judicial Appointments

Gov. Bill Haslam today issued Executive Order No. 34 establishing the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments, which is designed to sustain the judicial branch of government and its operations following termination of the Judicial Nominating Commission last June. The order comes on the heels of Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper’s opinion last week confirming the governor’s authority to make judicial appointments. The new 17-member commission will send a panel of three nominees to the governor to make an appointment when a vacancy occurs or is impending. The Administrative Office of the Courts has the story.