A constitutional amendment to change the way Tennessee selects its appellate judges gets a vote of support in a Tennessean op-ed from Justin Owen, president and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a free-market think tank.
The revised system for choosing appellate judges would include gubernatorial appointment subject to legislative confirmation. It provides for retention (up-or-down) elections when judges seek a new term.
Meanwhile Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, gives a lengthy explanation of how the constitutional amendment would work. It notes that unlike in a number of other states, “Tennessee’s governor has by executive order created a commission to submit recommendations to him for future [judicial] vacancies but there is no statutory or constitutional provision binding him or those who follow him from using the commission.” The National Center for State Courts is a JAS partner organization.