Newest Justices Remain on Ballot for Lower Courts

Because of the unusual timing of their appointments to the state’s highest court and related state laws, Justice Jeff Bivins and soon-to-be Justice Holly Kirby will still appear on the general election ballot as standing for retention to their prior posts. Bivins was a Court of Criminal Appeals judge before taking his Supreme Court seat. Kirby will leave her seat on the Court of Appeals Aug. 31. Knoxnews’ Humphrey on the Hill reports that when the judges were named to the Supreme Court they asked if their names could be removed from the lower court ballots. But Mark Goins, state coordinator of elections, said state law does not allow for that.