Tennessee to Enter Period of Uncertainty

The Tennessee General Assembly's decision not to extend the life of the state Judicial Nominating Commission is drawing national attention. The Gavel Grab website reports on the situation noting that the state will soon enter a period without a mechanism to replace judges who quit or retire. The website quotes Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade saying that no appellate judges plan to retire before the next retention judicial elections set for August 2014. With help from senior judges and other trial judges, Wade said, “[W]e should be able to cover any illnesses or unexpected deaths throughout the remainder of the term without any undue delay to the litigants and their attorneys” at the trial level.